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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:45 pm 
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My partner has been wanting a dog for the last year. I haven't wanted one because of my cat and chooks. Also I'm a cat person rather than a dog person. Well we got a red heeler puppy a few weeks ago on the basis if it puts one paw wrong as far as the chooks go, its gone. The breeder I got her from assured me if I train her to be around chooks as a pup she will protect them as her flock.
I've read a lot of posts on here about owners dogs attacking and killing their chooks so I've been a nervous wreck.
Much to my surprise the puppy (named Roxy) has been really good around them. After a few stern 'no' she understands they aren't to be chased or played with. It helps that my Isa Brown attacked her ( :yess ) and my frizzle rooster did too :wee
and my 2 silver campines are obsessed with chasing her, go girls :woot:
The chooks really get up close into her face so I'm impressed with her restraint.
I don't leave her unsupervised around them yet.
She was barking and growling on the deck the other night so I went out to see what the fuss was about and I saw a fox running past my coop. She's onto those foxes every night so I'm rapt. She's only 11weeks old but already so protective. She's going to be an amazing guard dog.
I love photos so I thought I'd share some of Roxy around the chooks.

8 week old puppy

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Sharing some bread !

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My silver campines are so funny they are like partners in crime ganging up on Roxy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:47 pm 
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She's absolutely divine! What a gorgeous pup :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:50 pm 
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oh how adorable.

it looks so promising, but you still need to be cautious.

good luck

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:57 pm 
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Beautiful looking pup :thumbs: , and i love the photo of the hens checking out the stuffed toy :-D..that would be a good photo to have a caption for.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:46 pm 
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I had a red heeler, for 8 years,she had been brought up with the chooks
& wouldn't touch a feather.Then I brought a Treo of Rhody's I had them locked
up,for about a week.I came home from work & I thought I'll let them out for
a scratch around.Well you can guess what happened,she killed them& I don't
know why. :mmaad


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:50 pm 
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Roxy is gorgeous! Enjoy her. :-)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:02 am 
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macar wrote:
I had a red heeler, for 8 years,she had been brought up with the chooks
& wouldn't touch a feather.Then I brought a Treo of Rhody's I had them locked
up,for about a week.I came home from work & I thought I'll let them out for
a scratch around.Well you can guess what happened,she killed them& I don't
know why. :mmaad


Oh dear :-(
Anyone else have red heeler horror stories I should know about ?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:15 am 
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She's gorgeous. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:36 am 
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Hi LMG,

My parents inherited a blue heeler dog and he is the smartest dog we have ever owned. Really increadible! I think that if you do the training and are really clear that the chickens are part of your pack to be protected you will probably have a good chance given how smart these dogs are. I think the main problem people have with heelers is their tendency to nip- they are bred to nip at heels of large cows and if they do this to people then I think this is when they end up dumped. So lots of training on what is right and wrong and you should be fine. I'm a cat person too- (I'm now have 3!) but I do love my parents cockerspaniel and blue heeler. Have fun :hiya:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:27 am 
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LMG if you continue training her right she should be fine. We have a labrador (now two yrs old) who is fantastic with our chooks. As like you, we had a few stern words with her when she was younger but now I trust her 100% around the chooks (I know some ppl may say Im silly but she is the most obedient loyal dog Ive ever had and she would never put a foot out of line). Our chooks free range and she is always outside with them including flighty 12 week old chicks who rush around and play games. It's all in the training! Mind you, stopping her from eating all the chook poo and then throwing it up is a different story. Good Luck! You have a gorgeous little pup!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:02 am 
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What a beautiful puppy..love the last pic, it is like she wants the chook to give her belly a scratch....lol


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:45 pm 
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macar wrote:
I had a red heeler, for 8 years,she had been brought up with the chooks
& wouldn't touch a feather.Then I brought a Treo of Rhody's I had them locked
up,for about a week.I came home from work & I thought I'll let them out for
a scratch around.Well you can guess what happened,she killed them& I don't
know why. :mmaad


Maybe because they weren't her chooks, but interlopers?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:12 pm 
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Hi There
We have always had a Blue Heeler, one we had for 16 years and she was the most amazing pet....
Incredibly loyal and obedient....
When we lost "Rue" (which means best freind) we did get another two but one was a really aggressive girl but the guy we sold her too was wrapt.

The next one was deaf.
We now have "Zoe"e (another Blue Heeler) and she is just gorgeous....

I leave her around the birds with the utmost confidence...
The thing with cattle dogs (or any dog) is to discipline and train them from the word go....

Your puppy is and will be an amazingly lovely dog...
If she was going to attack anything she would have done it by now given the pics of her and the chooks on the verandah
CUTE :yess

I have a Golden Legbar hen that insists on coming into the backyard (clipped wing and a 5 ft colourbond fence) to escape the roosters.
She went up to Zoe the other day, pecked her on the bum and took her bone...
What did Zoe do? Moved on.

BUT! Zoe loves our cats but god help the neighbours cat's if they come into our property or yard.
I am sure when the cat from next door hit the colourbond fence the other night it had the same profile on one side as the colourbond :rofl: :rofl: :shoc
I don't know how it managed to get over the top of the fence so quickly.
If you get a good cattle dog you will never look back....


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:05 pm 
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the only reason i said to be cautious is my beautiful heeler teo was "always" perfectly behaved around hte chooks.

however i did come home from work one day to find a buried chook chook, and teo had obvious signs that she was the one that did hte burying, and there were trails of feathers..................and she looked so guilty.

this happened a few times...........................so that is why i said to be cautious.

on the plus side the chooks were so scared of her :rofl: that they would run to hide under her when the alert for hawk went out :rofl: so the chooks had very short memories of these incidents.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:25 pm 
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lovemygirls wrote:
My partner has been wanting a dog for the last year. I haven't wanted one because of my cat and chooks. Also I'm a cat person rather than a dog person.
welcome to the bipetal world lovemygirls.
Roxy is adorable!
it is time to adjust your bi-line now.

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