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Post by Sylvaen » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:35 pm

We took the dogs to the river again yesterday and they caught (and in the process, inadvertently killed) a large field mouse. I don't think they meant to hurt it, they were just pouncing on all the mice that were scurrying around in the tall grass, and ended up actually catching one. They dropped it straight away and it didn't have any bite marks, but I think the impact from the pounce (with their paws) killed it. Poor thing. I think the dogs just wanted to play with it, and didn't know what to do with it once they had it. LOL

Boyfriend was upset with the dogs but, as I explained, that's nature... survival of the fittest. The same instinct that makes the dogs want to chase balls is the same instinct that makes them want to chase mice that run in the grass. That's just how it goes. It's the first time they've actually caught and killed anything though... hope they don't make a habit of it. I've been hearing horror stories from my mom about how her young male cat (Ozzy) is forever catching and killing (and bringing into the house) the local wildlife: mice, birds, voles, etc.
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:19 pm

Can only wonder what goes through a mouse's head when something bigger than a house cat chases it, poor lil guy.
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Misaya » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:27 pm

Ayasca used to pounce on and catch mice (and sometimes moles) in the grass all the time. I dont know what his intentions were, none probably, just something moving to catch I suppose. Sometimes he used to eat them after he had caught them (they were invariably dead already having been pounced on. Mischa has done it a couple of times too.

They dont seem to do it now, so perhaps they have grown out of it.

My tom cat, Jasper, also kills and brings in birds and mice. Most of the time he eats them also, so you just find the bits he doesnt fancy left over.

Whilst I would much prefer they didnt kill things at all, it doesnt seem so bad (to me anyway) if they eat them. It kind of takes away the killing in cold blood scenario.
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by claireyclaire » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:26 pm

Sylvaen wrote:In other news, we took the dogs to the river again yesterday and they caught (and in the process, inadvertently killed) a large field mouse. I don't think they meant to hurt it, they were just pouncing on all the mice that were scurrying around in the tall grass, and ended up actually catching one. They dropped it straight away and it didn't have any bite marks, but I think the impact from the pounce (with their paws) killed it. Poor thing. I think the dogs just wanted to play with it, and didn't know what to do with it once they had it. LOL Boyfriend was upset with the dogs but, as I explained, that's nature... survival of the fittest. The same instinct that makes the dogs want to chase balls is the same instinct that makes them want to chase mice that run in the grass. That's just how it goes. It's the first time they've actually caught and killed anything though... hope they don't make a habit of it. I've been hearing horror stories from my mom about how her young male cat (Ozzy) is forever catching and killing (and bringing into the house) the local wildlife: mice, birds, voles, etc.
Tala also tries to pounce on mice too, it's so comical you can see her ears twitch, her head goes on one side and then she pounces, she has killed one also, but looked so sad and didn't know what to do with it, I think she just wanted to be friends!!
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Valravn » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:38 pm

This past winter our dogs found a frozen rabbit. They were very upset that we didn't let them play with it.

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Sylvaen » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:59 pm

Misaya wrote:Whilst I would much prefer they didnt kill things at all, it doesnt seem so bad (to me anyway) if they eat them. It kind of takes away the killing in cold blood scenario.
True. My boyfriend was upset as it seemed like such a pointless waste... he was concocting a whole mother-mouse-out-gathering-seeds-for-dinner scenario and saying "what if she has babies that will now starve and die" - lol I told him to stop being melodramatic... to me it looked like a crusty old mouse that had probably lived a long and happy life. ;)
claireyclaire wrote:If you came over to the UK Debby, I would love to meet up with you and I am sure Tala and Jasper would have a great time, she loves meeting up with Onai!
Yeah, it would be really great. Would love to meet up with Onai too and have a little family reunion! :D
claireyclaire wrote:Tala also tries to pounce on mice too, it's so comical you can see her ears twitch, her head goes on one side and then she pounces, she has killed one also, but looked so sad and didn't know what to do with it, I think she just wanted to be friends!!
hehe yep... Jasper really goes leaping and bouncing through the field by the river, hopping around and pouncing with every stride. That night, after he killed the mouse, he seemed a bit subdued. I think he also wanted to be friends with his mouse... lol :roll:
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Nino » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:14 pm

The mice thing reminds me of a story I got from my roommate. :lol: :lol:
Her parents have a husky, named Felix.
Once I found a Frog, and trying to play with it he bounced on its head like a bunny with his frontlegs.
They all thought the frog were dead, until Felix lost interest and it jumped away unharmed!
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Post by Sylvaen » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:28 pm

LOL :)

On that note, I've heard that you have to be careful with dogs around frogs and toads, since some species have a toxic chemical on the skin that can poison or cause blindness in dogs! :shock:
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Post by malamutemick » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:58 pm

Toads Are Extremely Poisonous To Dogs & Lots Of Other Animals They Excrete A Poison From A Gland Either Side Of The Head If You Get It In Your Eyes Can Irritate Or In Some Cases Cause Blindness, Frogs Are Ok & Tasty :lol:

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Nino » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:22 pm

euw! eating frogs! .. .. just.. euuuw :lol:

but you guys are right.. some frogs can be poisonous!
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Post by wicca1 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:07 pm

lenka also tries to catch and kill things (mice and wild birds being favorite) i quite often find dead birds on the lawn and have to bury them she would also like to chase my sisters cats as they run away from her, at the moment the farmer who owns the field next to us has sheep in it so that was quite interesting , we have tried very hard to socialise her and have much success but she does seem to have a high chase instinct so i hope she will calm down as she gets older, on a positive note she gets on really well with our cat and even moves out of his way when he wants to go outside also she has brilliant recall .

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Valravn » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:38 am

Well, Beauty and Barley found some baby bunnies… Beauty ate one and Barley was carrying his around. It's still alive but I doubt it will live very long.

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Post by Sylvaen » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:38 am

Aww sorry to hear that Korinne. :(
Is the one that's still alive badly injured?
I'll keep my fingers crossed for a recovery but, if it's suffering, then for peaceful eternal rest instead.
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Valravn » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:44 am

Looked like it had a broken leg and maybe some ribs. It was trying to walk but couldn't. Poor thing. :(

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by JonathanJ » Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:02 pm

Sooooo now we see the insidious side of the Tamaskan..... Noble wolf, Great hunter of all creatures great and small :D With the exception of Terri's little toy poodle Ruger, the call of the wild is in all dogs. If it has fur, legs and moves it's food. Of course moves is the big thing because 'Tsonata has laid waste to any number of crickets, moths, butterflies ( he likes to lay in wait by the creek until they land at puddles) small snakes, lizards, shrews, moles and mice. I swear I don't know where he puts it all but his feet are huge. :D
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Post by JulieSmith » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:33 pm

Its not just Tamaskans who like to hunt, we have a small terrier cross and have found dead mice in the house that she has caught. Normally she is such a softy and will let our guinea pigs walk all over her. It must be how they move that attracts her.

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Nino » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:58 pm

I have a Husky mix who caught a bird some weeks ago.. first I thought it was a Mouse and I was about to tell him that he was a good boy, but I don't wanna encourage catching birds so I took it from him and it died in my hand.. poor thing.. :oops:
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Post by Rahne » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:09 pm

Konah also loves to hunt. She is a very skilled mole hunter, already caught a few..
This past Saturday she caught a mouse. She was so proud of her prey, she has been trotting around with it for 30 min at least. Holding it in her mouth, throwing it in the air etc. I still need to get used to it, she is the first dog for me that hunts and kills. :?

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Post by JulieSmith » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:59 pm

I forgot to say my terrier caught a rabbit once, We came round the corner to find her and the rabbit in the middle of the path and the dog had her nose pressed against the rabbits back neither moving. In the end the rabbit ran into some brambles and they ended up face to face until we called the dog away and let the rabbit escape. I think she just fancied a game of chase :)

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Post by JonathanJ » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:40 am

So............I come in from work the other day and there was some kind of malodorous funk wafting through the air. A dead Opossum lay at the foot of the steps. 'Tsonata stunk to high heaven. So proud of himself :lol:

I think Wylie caught it and brought it home for show and tell. ;)
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Post by Hawthorne » Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:26 am

Freyja caught a shrew when she was 6 months old. This past weekend she caught and ate a mouse in our hunting camp. She is keenly interested in squirrels when we take her on walks. And once chased low-flying geese quite far...I can only imagine what would happen if we saw a deer someday...

She does "mouse" in the field when we take her off leash. She never catches anything, though...not yet.
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Post by wicca1 » Mon May 09, 2011 11:26 pm

lenka still wants to chase everything, we get a badger that comes some nights and she goes mad to chase it , she paces in the house like some mad thing so i know the badger is about and just keep her in,

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Post by JulieSmith » Tue May 10, 2011 12:26 am

Saga likes the look of birds, or anything that flies catches her attention.

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Nino » Tue May 10, 2011 9:12 am

Sølve wants to chace birds too - and insects
Birds are a No No - insects is okay..

She have been known to want to go after bikes too - but not all the time..


The naibours kat (who hates her) she dont know what to do with.
It was on my terrace the other night, when I let her go out there, and she was barking at it (a little), and trying to make it move, staying at 3-5 feets distance. The damn cat didnt want to move so I had to move it myself.. stupid thing.

Sølve wants to play with it, but just dont know what to do I can see.
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Post by Gaby » Tue May 10, 2011 10:28 am

JulieSmith wrote:Saga likes the look of birds, or anything that flies catches her attention.
Mila too, she already wants to chase birds and I'm not very happy with it. It's quite difficult to get her attention when she is seeing a bird. She isn't bothered by food and I tied a toy on a string to distract her and she can play with that instead of chasing the bird, but birds are more interesting... :roll:

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Post by Hawthorne » Tue May 10, 2011 9:00 pm

You almost need a pet bird to train her to ignore the birds!
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Post by wicca1 » Tue May 10, 2011 11:05 pm

lenka would also chase birds especialy pheasants, also tonight we had a scary moment when she dived on the cat, made a really vicious sound and scared me to death. not sure what set her off, as she's usually really good with him?

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Post by Saxon » Wed May 11, 2011 7:48 pm

Frigga is a born hunter, mice rabbits, she has even pulled a pheasant out of the air, and I do not discourage her, I know some people may find this unpleasant, but having watched and read a lot of David Attenborough, predation can have a positive effect on a species (unless it is endangered). We also want the breed to be wolflike not only in looks but also in character. so,please, somebody with more knowledge about tamaskans let me know if I am right or wrong, thanks

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Saxon wrote:Frigga is a born hunter, mice rabbits, she has even pulled a pheasant out of the air, and I do not discourage her, I know some people may find this unpleasant, but having watched and read a lot of David Attenborough, predation can have a positive effect on a species (unless it is endangered). We also want the breed to be wolflike not only in looks but also in character. so,please, somebody with more knowledge about tamaskans let me know if I am right or wrong, thanks
I don't really mind her catching mice or incects, but I'm scared for the neighbours cat for example. And the dog can't make the difference... Once she knows how rewarding it is for her to catch something, it's very difficult to stop that behaviour.

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Post by Nino » Wed May 11, 2011 8:57 pm

Gaby wrote:
Saxon wrote:Frigga is a born hunter, mice rabbits, she has even pulled a pheasant out of the air, and I do not discourage her, I know some people may find this unpleasant, but having watched and read a lot of David Attenborough, predation can have a positive effect on a species (unless it is endangered). We also want the breed to be wolflike not only in looks but also in character. so,please, somebody with more knowledge about tamaskans let me know if I am right or wrong, thanks
I don't really mind her catching mice or incects, but I'm scared for the neighbours cat for example. And the dog can't make the difference... Once she knows how rewarding it is for her to catch something, it's very difficult to stop that behaviour.
The naibours cat almoast attacked Sølve yestaday.. she really respects that cat but still wants to play with it.. :?
I got hurt moving the damn kat away :(
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Gaby wrote:I don't really mind her catching mice or incects, but I'm scared for the neighbours cat for example. And the dog can't make the difference... Once she knows how rewarding it is for her to catch something, it's very difficult to stop that behaviour.
The naibours cat almoast attacked Sølve yestaday.. she really respects that cat but still wants to play with it.. :?
I got hurt moving the damn kat away :(
:( Stupid cat! With my other dog we now have 'cat problems' because he is attacked by a cat. He didn't do anything with cats untill he was attacked, a few times by different cats. Since then he barks and growls at them when they come near him... I don't like it, but I can't say I can't understand it. ;)

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Gaby wrote:
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Gaby wrote:I don't really mind her catching mice or incects, but I'm scared for the neighbours cat for example. And the dog can't make the difference... Once she knows how rewarding it is for her to catch something, it's very difficult to stop that behaviour.
The naibours cat almoast attacked Sølve yestaday.. she really respects that cat but still wants to play with it.. :?
I got hurt moving the damn kat away :(
:( Stupid cat! With my other dog we now have 'cat problems' because he is attacked by a cat. He didn't do anything with cats untill he was attacked, a few times by different cats. Since then he barks and growls at them when they come near him... I don't like it, but I can't say I can't understand it. ;)
I dont want Sølve to not like cats.. Since I want to know that if I start seeing someone with a cat neither of us will have to get rid of the animal, so i dont really like that damn cat next door..
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Post by Rahne » Wed May 11, 2011 10:05 pm

Saxon wrote:We also want the breed to be wolflike not only in looks but also in character. so,please, somebody with more knowledge about tamaskans let me know if I am right or wrong, thanks
I don't agree with that.. We don't want the wolflike character, we want them to be good and friendly family pets with the wolfy looks. Not shy or agressive towards people and other dogs, not too difficult to train. Most people I speak to who are interested in the breed all tell me they love the looks of the Saarloos and Tjech but don't like the character. That's also the reason why I got a Tamaskan.

My girl also hunts and I let her but I don't encourage it. I would rather have her not hunting but it's not too much of a problem for me ;)

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Post by blufawn » Wed May 11, 2011 10:11 pm

I agree with Rahne, I do not want my dogs to hunt, I do not want my dogs to have the unpredictability of wolves and wolfdogs. I like that I can trust my dogs with children, small dogs, rabbits and cats and I am free to relax and not be in constant fear of how my (wolf)dog might react in certain situations. Tamaskan have all of the looks of Czech and Saarloos with none of the fear or uncertainty of how they will turn out once they reach maturity, they are what you make them.
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Post by wicca1 » Wed May 11, 2011 10:22 pm

as lenka has a strong chase instinct i have to be carefull with her as we live in a farming community, at the moment there are lots of lambs and calves about, i wouldn't want her to hurt something, or be hurt herself, she seemes back to normal today after the cat thing last night, i think it sounded worse than it was but it was quite scary :( .

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Hawthorne » Sat May 14, 2011 8:59 pm

yes, I agree--I don't think hunting behavior is something to be encouraged. As an example--we take our dogs off leash. The last thing I want them doing is chasing a deer. Not only could that take them quite far from me but believe it or not deer can be quite dangerous! If they would turn on the dogs their hooves are very sharp--and if it were a buck then obviously the antlers would be scary, too.
Freyja has seemed to chill out about this as she's gotten older. When she was a pup she was keen on birds. She would flush a songbird from a bush in the field and chase it a short distance, find another and chase that one. It was comical--but we always practiced recall at those moments. Thankfully they've never seen a deer while off leash...but I suppose it will happen eventually. Right now, though, Darwin is interested in everything that moves: bugs, birds and squirrels. And while we are on walks because Darwin is interested Freyja has a renewed interest in squirrels, too. We just practice "leave it" with them. Which reminds me...we need to step this up because where we are moving there are porcupines and poisonous snakes :(
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by JulieSmith » Sat May 14, 2011 11:08 pm

Saga seems to like chasing birds, but no interest in cats or squirrels, she does not chase them far, just till they fly out of reach!!

If there are poisonous snakes or porcupines around then it is even more important to teach them to stay away from other animals. My son showed me a horrid photo of a pit bull that must have been made to fight a porcupine, the porcupine must have been bald and the poor dog had to be put down (some things should not be found on google images).

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Sylvaen » Sun May 15, 2011 2:13 am

Jasper seems to show a bit too much interest when I'm feeding the corvid - probably because it flaps its wings and squawks while I drop meat down its throat - but I think he's more curious than predatory (tail wagging and eyes lit up with excitement). The ones I have to watch out for are the cats, it's much harder to explain to them: "NO... that delicious-looking, flapping, noisy thing is NOT food and you better not try anything" :lol: It's mostly the younger cats I have to watch (Sola, in particular, who thinks she's a lioness of the savannah - brave huntress: the fly-catcher, bane to all insects and stalker of shadows) the older cats aren't fussed at all and just look on with disdain. :)
JulieSmith wrote:My son showed me a horrid photo of a pit bull that must have been made to fight a porcupine, the porcupine must have been bald and the poor dog had to be put down (some things should not be found on google images).
I saw those pics but I think the dog was OK in the end (if it is the same one) and, from the info available, it wasn't made to fight... it just saw the porcupine and decided it was food :lol: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/an ... -porcupine
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by frogline » Sun May 15, 2011 7:55 am

malamutemick wrote:Toads Are Extremely Poisonous To Dogs & Lots Of Other Animals They Excrete A Poison From A Gland Either Side Of The Head If You Get It In Your Eyes Can Irritate Or In Some Cases Cause Blindness, Frogs Are Ok & Tasty :lol:
NOWAY!!!!! Don't eat frog's!!!
Even if these are tasty, delicious or incredible marvelous!!!
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by JulieSmith » Sun May 15, 2011 12:35 pm

Sylvaen wrote:
JulieSmith wrote:My son showed me a horrid photo of a pit bull that must have been made to fight a porcupine, the porcupine must have been bald and the poor dog had to be put down (some things should not be found on google images).
I saw those pics but I think the dog was OK in the end (if it is the same one) and, from the info available, it wasn't made to fight... it just saw the porcupine and decided it was food :lol: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/an ... -porcupine
I must admit I only looked at the picture and thought that was horrid enough so did not read about it. I suppose I presumed most dogs would have given up when they got the first spine in it, but then it is a pit bull!! I am glad we do not have porcupines in the UK, just hedgehogs and the worst dogs get off them are fleas :lol:

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by JonathanJ » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:57 am

Tsonata has now rid most of our property of critters. Three Opossums that I know of, two ground hogs, he found the trail and lay in wait. One rabbit, not sure how many birds but there are a lot of feathers around his area. Chipmunks are gone (good that means no snakes) and oh yeah half dozen snakes if it's one. He's a bottomless pit. As for the cat.....Bobbie, he is fine and a great pal to T. They hunt together more in a symbiotic relationship than a team effort :) The cat chases mice out of the barn and T eats them. They both get exercise and it keeps the barn clean too. Tsonata is the fastest dog I have ever seen and so strong. Man...It’s crazy.
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by WhiteElkDoe » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:59 pm

Sophie sniffed her way to a groundhog's hole (with the occupant inside) the other day. But I think his angry chatter convinced her to move off. I was also a bit nervous about her approaching it too closely, since groundhogs are a rabies vector species here, so I encouraged her to leave it alone. They've got their vaccines, but I'd rather not put them at any risk.

Both of the girls definitely have a strong chase drive though. They LOVE to try to go after robins (as if they'd ever manage to catch them :roll: ). But they never seem to notice rabbits. I imagine rabbits have figured out some special way of not getting noticed though.

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Rambler » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:27 pm

Rambler loves to watch and chase robins also. :lol:

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by TerriHolt » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:38 pm

Well, my daughter wants a bunny when she's "bigger" so Sam can't learn to hunt but I don't agree with encouraging it anyway (I’m someone who will slam breaks on the car to save a bird from been squished

Most people who encourage their dogs to hunt anything that move's will live near someone's cat. I couldn't live with my self if my dog was responsible for killing someone’s pet just as I’m sure that said dog owner would be upset if someone’s dog killed their dog (same difference)...

When I was little we had a ginger tom (called Thomas) that got savaged by someone’s dog on his back leg. The wound got infected and he almost died of shock. not only was my mum left with outrageous vet bills due to someone teaching their dog to kill (which she couldn't make them pay for) but we almost lost a loved family member.

around the same time, some different dogs who were pro trained to guard and kill ANYTHING they crossed got out of the garden they were confined to and bounded up to my dog Gemma (a mutt my mum rescued from a garage) growling and snarling with full intention of killing her. I was about 7 but because someone left the gate open and they were trained to kill moving things I had to protect my dog who could never have fought back, she wouldn't have known how to. And in doing so, one of the dogs bit my leg which made me cry out loud enough to get the owners attention who then came to get the dogs.

So I’m one that doesn't agree that a dog in a residential area (or even close to one) should be taught to kill. Others think differently, I know. but I’ve had to endure the wait to see if my family member will live or die so if I didn't care for all animals, I’d still have that to go on and wouldn't want to make anyone live thu an experience like that.

but I’m against killing, hunting, anything... which is why I have indoor cats now ;) my other ginger tom I had called George was always fetching birds home and he somehow caught a here... I buried each and every "present" he brought me...
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Isabel » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:09 pm

I agree completely with you ;)
Si envenenas y contaminas la tierra y a sus criaturas,con ello tambien te envenenas a ti,a tus hijos y a los hijos de tus hijos.

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by AZDehlin » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:10 pm

Encouraging hunting and allowing it can devastate and area of wildlife. Cats can be the worst offenders that why all my cats have been indoor cats and only allowed outside on a leash with me.

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by TerriHolt » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:51 pm

i walk my cats too, the looks i get off people are hilarious :lol: you can see they are trying to figure out if it's a cat or small dog...
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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by JulieSmith » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:14 am

I had a cat once that liked to bring me sparrows, fortunately for the sparrow she did not kill them, unfortunately she let them loose in the living room :lol: :lol: She liked to eat mice though, which was OK until I found half mice around :cry: :cry:

When my terrier was 11 she had a mouse cornered, I think she may have caught it as it was not very well, so I did manage to finish that off as I did not want it to suffer. She has never shown any signs of wanting to catch anything else, she is a softy with the rabbit and guinea pigs, they can walk all over her. She did manage to 'catch' a wild rabbit once, well it was in the middle of the path and she had her nose on it, she did not know what to do with it and it did not want to run, in the end it escaped into some brambles. She used to like to chase squirrels, but never had any wish to catch them, if they slowed down so did she, I even saw one jump onto a fallen branch turn round and tell her off, she stopped until it ran again :lol: :lol:

I hope Saga does not want to catch things, I don't mind her chasing a little bit, but not catching and not cats, but she is fine with cats as next door has two and she is just curious about them.

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by AZDehlin » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:05 am

TerriHolt wrote:i walk my cats too, the looks I get off people are hilarious :lol: you can see they are trying to figure out if it's a cat or small dog...
Haha I definitely have gotten that look when I walked my two cats. They had little harnesses and all. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Hunting Instinct?

Post by Czertice » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:13 pm

My friend's leonberger was also a friend with mice, we remember how he once caught one so that only the little tail could be seen hanging out of the maw. And we all went "Poor little mouse, you brute, let it go, how could you!" And then the mouse's tail moved, we stopped yelling and the leonberger (with a confused expression) opened his mouth and let the mouse fall on the ground. As if he was saying "I was just playing with it...why are you all so angry?" The poor thing just survived it's death, covered in saliva, shaking on the spot. But after a while the mouse got out of the shock and quickly run away;]

My CSW loves to hunt mice, she does it all the time, usually she eats the mouse immediately after killing it. She wags her tail while catching a mouse, it reminds me that games are closely connected with the actual hunt, and that animals kill without hatred.
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