You spend long and hard working on the yard so it looks picturesque in the summer, only for every bird in the state to poo all over your decking, concrete, and kids' table tennis table. They eat vegetables out of your garden and are a general nuisance. If only you had a canine pal to chase them away. A dog that can protect your yard from nuisance birds is a dog worth having. He’s got all the tools he needs to chase them away, he just needs you to bring them out in him.
If you’ve got a pond with some much-loved fish, then birds may use your pond as a dinner plate. If your dog can chase them down and protect them, that’s one less thing to worry about. Training him to chase each time he sees one and on command requires serious obedience, which can be utilized to help him teach him a range of other things too.
Training your dog to chase birds isn’t going to be easy. You’re going to have to familiarize him with his new prey and incentivize him to chase them away. If he’s a puppy, he should be quick, energetic, and eager to please and learn. That means he may respond to training in just a couple of weeks. If he’s getting on a bit, his protective instinct may need revitalizing and training may take a while longer. It could take up to a month before birds are fleeing whenever they see him approaching.
Get this training right, though, and you’ll have a formidable dog to protect your yard and pond from nuisance birds. You’ll also have a canine friend who is extremely well trained and should pick up any number of other commands with ease.
Before you get going you’ll need a few bits. Some decoy birds and bird scent will be needed to train with. They can be bought online or from local stores. You’ll also need treats or his favorite food to motivate and reward him.
A large, quiet space away from noisy distractions will be required to train in, such as a field. Also, make sure you set aside 15 minutes a day each day for training. In addition, you’ll need to bring patience and a proactive attitude.
Once you’ve got all of that, you’re good to start!