|01-02-2014 07:24 PM|
Here is what happened to me on a walk one night. I was walking down a sidewalk with cruz when about three houses up, a kid comes out of a garage on a bike and halls up the street and around the corner going towards my house. He seen the kid, I seen the kid but Cruz didn't really react until we got to the driveway he rode out of. Then it was like all gears engaged. He was off. I couldn't get him to heal to save my life. I didn't know what the problem was with him. He went from walking perfect to "I can't get up the street fast enough". He was back and forth all the way down the sidewalk to my house but when we went into the drive, he kept going past the house! Right through he front yard dragging me along. I didn't know what he was up to. He went through the front yard then stopped at the next sidewalk. I live on a corner lot. Then he just went nuts zig zagging back and forth I could hardly keep up. Then I seen it. I didn't notice before, it was at night, the tire tracks from the bike where the kid had rode through my front yard. He was tracking this kid on his bike! On his bike! I had no idea a dog could do this. But Cruz did. The scent was fresh and he just hit a whole different level.
He recently did the same thing in a field across from my house with a coyote. We walked through a draw, over grown drive really, several times in the last week or two. The last time we went through, all the hackles stood up on his back and he reacted to every little movement he seen. He was on edge big time. I didn't see anything. Figured it was him being silly. Well a couple days ago it was me feeling pretty silly as We went to a different side of the draw and he went on alert again, but this time he slowed way down, nose glued to the ground and we reached a spot that was all grass about a foot high. He stopped, popped his head straight up, ears up looking into the draw. About a few seconds later the grass starts rustling and out pops a dang Coyote running out into the field on the opposite side. I felt like an idiot. Cruz knew he was there all along.
Trust your dog.
|01-02-2014 05:49 PM|
Nothing has come of the odd behavior aside from me augmenting my fence in areas. I now also check my six when exiting the house, no more door dashing.
Both of my dogs are quite happy to be in their area, Cable particularly will stand and look at an open door and make no move to go out. They know what's good and they have it good here at casa del brembo.
Someone posed the question of an injured/bleeding deer across the property. I'd say no way to that, but considering how truly bizarre this area is, it could have been an injured yak dragging itself across my land. So yeah, it coulda happened.
|01-02-2014 05:23 PM|
Agreed that's weird. Is it hunting season there? Could someone have shot a deer and it ran across your property and finally went down at the neighbors?
The only time Heinz did that to me - running straight out the door front door like a shot (he knows he has to wait for the OK) -some strange dude was creeping around my driveway. Heinz just stopped, bristled, and stared and the guy quickly crossed the street and went the other way. I had no idea he was there, but Heinz sure did!
|01-01-2014 11:24 PM|
I agree with Lillie and Spooks.
---------" Can't call the cops, what would I say? "Oh, hi. Yes my dogs ran off and smelled something funny in someones yard". A K-9 cop might think it was interesting but again, I can't call em up and ask for the Canine Unit, they'd send the rubber-walled paddy wagon out for ME."--------
I wouldn't be so sure about that...................they might have more information on what is going on at the other house than you do. Even if they do not----maybe they should, what you report could just be a break in something they are trying to pin down.
The game camera is a good idea I think.
|12-12-2013 01:06 PM|
My first thought was that they were tracking a deer or a coyote. It's possible they heard, smelled and/or saw the animal while you were gone and then their instinct was to follow its scent when they were let out.
I have seen that sort of behavior with my dogs many times. Rafi will do this for rats and bunnies (the most frequent visitors around here) and will track deer like this at my cottage.
Maybe the neighbor is just a friendly type?
|12-12-2013 11:24 AM|
|Suka||My first thought was a jokey "body in yard" too. Seriously though I would have just asked him!|
|12-10-2013 11:29 AM|
Allie, my young one, was doing the same excited sniffing routine as Cable, my male. I don't think it was chasing a female in heat. They were criss-crossing the front yard and when I got a hold of them they both sorta pulled towards the porch. I didn't go that way, when I scruffed Allie and had Cable on a make-shift lead I kneeled down and spoke softly and rubbed them both for a few seconds and their attention was towards the house/porch. My mind was racing, a combo of relief for having caught them and wondering what the heck caused the bolt. On a mission is putting it lightly, they both were in full gallop, tail straight, head low and pumping their legs as hard as they could. When they reached the yard it was full stop and nose down, full concentration on whatever they scented.
Can't call the cops, what would I say? "Oh, hi. Yes my dogs ran off and smelled something funny in someones yard". A K-9 cop might think it was interesting but again, I can't call em up and ask for the Canine Unit, they'd send the rubber-walled paddy wagon out for ME.
*sigh* Going to Lowes and getting some motion-lights I guess.
|12-10-2013 10:40 AM|
Dog in heat does sound logical though, based on their reactions.
|12-10-2013 09:22 AM|
I'm in the (continued) process of training a tracking dog. The number one rule that is drilled into your head during tracking is to trust your dog. Trust your dog. Trust your dog. In order to trust your dog, you have to learn to read your dog.
If my dog behaved in the same manner as your dogs did, my very first thought would be that someone from that house was at your house. Their visit had to have been very recent as your dogs were still excited. Because they made a bee-line to a single location and didn't race around and play during their new found freedom, tells me that they were on a mission, they were following a specific scent.
BUT because they didn't react to the person, would make me think that that person wasn't the specific scent they were following. Perhaps he had a dog with him on his visit. Perhaps it was just the dog. Perhaps it was wildlife that was at your house and then wandered straight down to his house.
If it were me...I'd get a game cam and set it up. See what is poking around while you aren't home.
|12-10-2013 08:59 AM|
|pyratemom||Maybe a female in heat had visited that area? I know your female wouldn't care and maybe it was just the feeling of freedom that got them going but anything is possible. Glad you caught up with them.|
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