Springer Spaniel Chasing Chickens
I have a 6 year old pet Springer Spaniel who is from working stock. He is a pet and will sit and stay when food is around. Otherwise he can have selective hearing.
I recently got some pet bantam chickens and we have tried to introduce them gently but all he wants to do it charge at their run and frighten them.
We really want them to get along without having to keep shutting him in the house while the chickens are out.
Would I be better to let them out in the garden with him and put a soft muzzle on him so that he cannot attack them ?
Do you think he would learn to accept them eventually ?
Look forward to hearing any comments or suggestions.From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
This is really tricky. You have a breed that is designed and bred to flush birds so put a bird in front of him, guess what he is going to do? Its deeply ingrained in them
So its going to be a long and tough journey to get him used to his new playmates.
The only thing I can think of is spending plenty of time working with him on a lead and rewarding him when he doesn't chase or lunge at the chickens, so he learns what is expected of him.
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