This is my first post in AAD........because I have never had a dog before, but hoped you might have some training tips for my parents' new dog.
My parents moved to Normandy last year after 26 years in London and decided they were finally in a position to have a dog. We have always had rescued animals so mum decided not to look for a dog as 'the right dog will find us'. True to form, I was working at a local vet surgery recently (I'm a student) and there was the right dog
Princess is a 3yo Staffie cross who was abandoned in a park and (after all the rescues they called said they were putting staffies down as they have too many ) she lived in the vet practice until they could re-home her. She has been there 6 months with no interest
So we took her, she lived with me for 3 weeks before we could take her to France and she is a real poppet. She has basic training thanks to the lovely nurses. She can sit, stay and has good recall. We have now also taught her to go to her bed and she is a clever girl who is eager to please.
Unfortunately, despite being super in every other way, she LOVES chasing and catching my parents' chickens!!! We have been letting her out off lead only when the chickens are in their run in the morning and evening but they are very much free range and we can't trust Prinny not to go for them.
So far we have been rewarding her with a treat when she looks at them but then comes back to me but I was hoping you all may have some good tips for training her. My parents have a field at the back of the house and it would be great if she could potter about when my mum is gardening etc but I don't want any casualties.
Sorry it's long and thanks in advance!