Springer Spaniel Chasing Chickens

by Lesley

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

Hi there
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.

I hope someone else may be able to help you more than I can.

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Jul 30, 2011
Spaniels & chickens
by: Anonymous

We have 7 working spaniels and chickens. The older ones aren't interested but one of the 18mth old ones think running through the chickens & sitting on them is great fun!!! Just re-inforce that the chickens arent for hunting! It takes a while but you can get there!! Good luck

Jul 30, 2011
Spaniels and Chickens
by: sarah

My springer Lucy was terrible with the chickens for the first few months my husband had to rugby tackle her several times. But eventually the chickens got wise and now dont run when they see Lucy and then she doesnt chase them. She was 5 yrs old when we had the chickens I think animals do get used to each other eventually as we have a cat too. We also have other dogs boarding with us some of the time mainly spaniels and they have always just fitted in with the rest of our pets.

Jul 30, 2011
by: Anonymous

I would doubt you could do it, because if he ever catches one he will be sooooo excited and then want to do it more and more. My boy has caught a pigeon, lots of rabbits and birds, he is like a different dog once he has something - but he is a bird dog, and that is his 'job'. Birds and springers are not meant to be friends! I would never trust one with chickens!

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