My two mini doxies killed a young male duck and I was livid. My husband on the other hand wasn't that up set and continued to put the dogs out while the ducks were in the yard. We argued about this over and over. Then he decided to feed the ducks on the other side of the fence so they would not come into the yard. OK, thats fine, but the other day he said the ducks chased after the doxies trying to nip them. OK by me since they did kill one of their flock mats. Well, he said thats not right and the ducks probably did that to the dogs when they finally went after one and mauled and killed it. The dogs and ducks were good for 6 months together and suddenly, bam!!!!!! Trouble!!!! I never saw the ducks go after the dogs but since they killed their flock mate I think that was retaliation for what they did. Am I so far off that this couldn't possible be the case?! Please advise. S. Romanik
This is all great advice. I have just acquired a lab/husky mix who has very aggressive habits towards chickens and cats. I think he would kill chickens; I don't know about cats. Anyway, he's about a year old and has clearly not worked with an "alpha" type person, which I am. He seems to learn well, and we are working on this all. Here's my question: what to do if I make a mistake in judgement and trust him too far? Or what if he gets let out by accident and kills a chicken? Just start over again? I don't believe in letting this happen, but it's possible it would.
Really, this isn't so unlike teaching children. Except children don't pull your arm off trying to get at the chickens. Usually.