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So last summer we adopted an Australian shepherd dog. We had been having hawk raids on our chicken flock so our intentions were to have him serve as a working dog protecting the flock. He had seen chickens all his life and didn’t display any aggression as a puppy, but now we can’t allow him to get anywhere near the chickens as he has killed over 6 birds already. I simply don’t know what to do because we introduced him to the flock from a very early age and they are not just a interesting foreign creature to him. The older he got the more aggressive he got towards the birds. Other than towards the birds, he is a very affectionate and sweet puppy. He loves kids and wouldn’t hurt a soul. Could I possibly get some tips on how to “rewire” him, or maybe a proper reintroduction is the case? I’ve tried a leash approach, I’ve tried verbal commands, positive reinforcement, you call it. He just loses it when he sees a exited hen squawking and flapping. I lose completely all control over him as he won’t listen at all in those moments.