bird dog trouble
I have 2 mixed breed dogs, 2 cats, and several chickens and ducks. We adopted both our dogs from the local animal shelter, at different times. Katie, our blonde dog, stays away from the birds, since she was pecked on the nose by an agressive chicken we had at one time. We are having a problem with our brown dog Evie. She was obviously a hunting dog, but we have no idea about her history since she was a stray. If we had known she was a bird hunting dog before we adopted her, we probably would not have gotten her. She likes to go outside and pace the fence between her yard and the bird yard, we try to discourage this when we see it, but we aren't home all day. Today the worst happened, while we were out one of the ducks got into the dog yard and Evie did what came naturally and killed it. She brought it into the house for us too. It is hard not to be mad, but we didn't scold her. We know that this is what she is, but is there anyway to curb her enthusiasm for the birds?