You wake up early each morning to tend to your farm. You’ve lost blood, sweat and tears growing crops over the years and it’s like a stab in the heart when you head out in the morning to see your crops have been decimated by thousands of geese. They migrate in search of warmer climates and while they may look fantastic in the sky, they can wreak havoc on your land. The crops they eat are sold to put food on the table for your family. The proceeds are also probably used to pay your mortgage, bills, health insurance and more.
What you need is a geese deterrent and one such effective deterrent is a dog. You can train your dog to leap into action at the sight of geese and, with the right training, you can rely on them to keep them at bay.
It’s familiarizing your dog with these strange and unusual creatures that can prove challenging. If your dog is a puppy and keen to please and learn, he may respond to training in just a week or so. He will probably have confidence and an abundance of energy, both of which will be needed. If he’s towards the older end of the scale and never displayed much of a killer instinct then training may take several weeks to yield results.
Don’t be disheartened at the thought of a few weeks of training, all dogs are able to pick up the geese chasing mantle. It will save your hard work being ruined and could save you from thousands of dollars worth of damage. So be patient and persistent and your hard work will prove worthwhile.
Before you can scare off armies of geese you’ll need to get a few bits together for training. Treats or your dog’s favorite food will be needed to incentivize and reward him. You will also need space outside to practice training and preferably some live geese around. Toy geese will also be required.
You will also need to set aside 15 minutes a day for the next few weeks. Consistency is key, so really try to train daily if you want swift results. Once you’ve got all the above you’re ready to do battle!
So Sammie loves to swim. We have 3 acres on Lake Tapps, Washington And have a terrible Geese problem. Our dog could care less about all the geese in our yard but will chase a ball or a toy or both pretty much 24 seven. The goose problem is so bad that we cannot use our lawn or our beach unless we spend two hours getting rid of the poop. I am looking into other breeds that would be more motivated to chase the waterfowl off our lawn. So, I’m looking for recommendations as to how to train my dog. I’ve done agility trading with him but he has NO desire to chaise the geese off our lawn. Do you have any recommendations of non shedding dogs that would love to chaise geese?
I’m thinking if either a Australian Lab-doodle, Australian golden doodle or a Spanish Water Dog. Any advice is appreciated!!!
Hello Shelly, I would generally consider any breed that's mixed with a herding breed. Border Collies make fantastic geese chasing dogs because of their desire to control the birds due to their herding instincts. Border Collies of course shed though, so a Sheltie (expect barking while herding), Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, or Corgi with good herding instincts in their parents and grandparent heritage, combined with something non-shedding like the Spanish water dog or poodle, and bred as the combination for enough generations to ensure the non-shedding traits are consistent in the puppies, are all good options. Personally, I would look into something like the Australian Golden Doodle, or a Border Golden Doodle, but any of the options you listen would be good if you find the right line that's retrained the herding instincts and non-shedding traits. Even an Aussie Doodle or Border Doodle without the added retriever should also work as long as the line has retained the herding instincts. The retriever might mellow out the herding breed and poodle a little though - more so the golden retriever than the Labrador being added though. Be aware that an Aussie or Border Doodle does combine two very driven, energetic, intense breeds, so that may not be a low key dog, depending on just how much you want the dog to be working versus laying around inside calmly. You can certainly train more calmness inside but that's going to take extra effort compared to something that's naturally calmer. Parents and grandparents will most effect what you can expect in the puppy you get, so who you get the puppy from is extremely important in your case. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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