If Jock is that kind of dog introduce him to a fullgrown female with a litter of nursing kittens and have the arnica and witch hazel handy. If you are obliged to use either or both more than two or three times to treat his wounds, you own a glutton for punishment; and he’s probably a terrier. A wirehair, Scottie or almost any member of that group fears nothing on four legs. He will mix it up with a porcupine until his nose fairly bristles with barbed quills, come home with his face looking like an animated hairbrush, and allow his master to torture him with the long and painful pullingout process without so much as a whimper. He will then go out and pounce on the next porcupine he runs across with undiminished fury and optimism.
Cats are much more common than porcupines, however, and the novelty of heckling them may wear off as days go by and old wounds reopened begin to have a sobering effect. Then, too, a porcupine, when attacked, simply rolls itself into a ball and lies still, thus offering temptation pretty hard to resist. An active tabby with half a dozen kittens to protect packs enough vim, vigor and voltage to give any dog living the shock of his life.
Your own or your neighbor’s domestic fowls are a totally different matter. All bird dogs, as well as many other breeds, are natural chicken killers; and nearly all take to eating eggs, once they get a taste of them, like a poor little rich boy to a lollypop. This means you should lose no time in teaching Jock to leave both severely alone. Don’t put off this training until he has learned to obey the whistle, behave well on leash or even until he is housebroken. The younger he is the better, if he’s only two months. See that his very first acquaintance with hens and chickens is made in your way, not his.
To introduce him properly to barnyard fowls take him out on a long cord instead of a leash, so that he can approach much nearer an unsuspecting hen than you can and feel himself comparatively free. If he is a very small puppy and you can locate a very large rooster or a good big hen with a brood of chicks, the rooster or hen may, like Tabby the cat, take the training business in hand by dashing at the little fellow with flapping wings to give him a good scare. With some pups this is all there is to it; no further training is necessary.
Dog breed of day: Minyatür Pinscher