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08-31-2014 01:12 AM
Juliem24 Squirrels in my yard don't remember where they bury their stuff anyways. I do know for a fact that they sit in the tree and throw acorns at me and the dogs. Caught 'em red-handed.
08-30-2014 09:35 PM
llombardo
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They were really cute.

I have large mature walnut trees in my backyard at the fenceline and those squirrels sit up in those trees and bark at Lisl.

Sometimes I think they do it just to intimidate or tease her if I didn't know better.
We have walnut trees too. I never see squirrels in my yard but I know they are there because they bury the walnuts and Midnite and Brennan unbury them and bring them to me. Last year I had little holes everywhere and it seems to be starting again, I picked up like 4 huge ones today.The poor squirrels think they are storing food, but my dogs have thwarted that plan
08-30-2014 09:14 PM
MichaelE They were really cute.

I have large mature walnut trees in my backyard at the fenceline and those squirrels sit up in those trees and bark at Lisl.

Sometimes I think they do it just to intimidate or tease her if I didn't know better.
08-30-2014 08:53 PM
llombardo
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Lisl has never much had an interest in toads. There's enough of them around here and she gives them a cursory sniff and watches them hop away while she's trying to get a noseful.

Squirrels are another matter. She knows the word, she knows they are either in the trees or on the ground, and she knows she wants one very badly.

She's just not fast enough yet.
She would have not had an issue catching the babies from this morning. They would move but then freeze, completely leaving them open to predators. I went to get them to bring them to the wildlife place and one was missing. The little booger jumped out of the pool then ran into the yard and just stood there. Didn't even try running when I got to him. They were put into a nursery at the wildlife place with others their age which was about 10 weeks old. They were really cute.
08-30-2014 08:33 PM
MichaelE Lisl has never much had an interest in toads. There's enough of them around here and she gives them a cursory sniff and watches them hop away while she's trying to get a noseful.

Squirrels are another matter. She knows the word, she knows they are either in the trees or on the ground, and she knows she wants one very badly.

She's just not fast enough yet.
08-30-2014 08:00 PM
llombardo I think that training comes when I find something and bring it home. They are all allowed to smell it but they have to be nice. The stuff I bring home is either injured or a baby, so they are used to the routine. They alert me to dead birds too. They don't try eating it but they cry and look like they are dancing because they are so excited. A couple weeks ago Midnite indicated a hurt bird. The goldens told me about one dead bird and Robyn told me about the other. We just now got to the point that if they see a toad they either smell and walk away or let me know. The goldens are adorable, they find it, run to me and run back to whatever it is. They will keep going back and forth until I figure it out. My oldest will pick up injured animals or toads and lay down with them right in front of her between her paws. If it moves she picked it up and puts it back where she wants it.


In this picture I am holding the toad telling them to leave it. Once they get that I let them smell it...the next picture in this sequence is Robyn smelling it, but is blurry I let them make the choice and if it's not right I let them know.

08-30-2014 11:16 AM
Msmaria
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All of my dogs have this disposition. A lot of training and exposing them to stuff. It's a baseline temperament or quality that I see, can't explain it. I knew within a minute of seeing Midnite that his temperament was perfect to work with. Now if this was adult squirrel I would have to use recall training because he has a high prey drive and we haven't had much training in that regard(off leash).In my house we never growl or bite a child, never chase wildlife, and to alert me to anything that is a baby or injured. So far it's been a great success with all the dogs. When we go for walks they are to ignore squirrels, ducks, geese, etc and they do. We just got done training that we don't chase birds in the yard. Birds can now land safely within a few feet of the dogs and the dogs ignore them. It's always a work in progress. I have to do it because I would be horrified if they killed anything.
I have to give kudos to you it's obviously the training since all your dog's are like that. I would be horrified if my dogs killed anything. Living in the city I just haven't been able to expose dex to critters up close. At night he likes to chase the squirrels and possums that are in the tree and will even try to jump up the tree and grab branches. although the one time he had a chance to kill a possum, he didnt. But that may because the possum dropped "dead" at the sight of him and he thought he killed it. He sure was proud of himself. So that worries me. At the park I don't allow him to chase anything but he's alert and interested. My daughter wants to get a kitten, but I'm not sure how dex would react.

We just started herding lessons and he licks the sheep in the face, but he also nips them in the butt..lol, so I'm not sure if he's just licking them to get a taste ..lol

you will have to tell me how you train to alert to anything hurt? I'm guessing you train to not chase birds by rewarding them when they ignore the birds. We hardly see birds in our front or backyard anymore. It's not like when I was a child and birds were everywhere, so sad.
08-30-2014 10:56 AM
llombardo
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Was Midnite always as sweet as this? I would love for my boy to be like that. I know some people think if you want a dog that loves eveybody and everything, get a lab..lol. .
All of my dogs have this disposition. A lot of training and exposing them to stuff. It's a baseline temperament or quality that I see, can't explain it. I knew within a minute of seeing Midnite that his temperament was perfect to work with. Now if this was adult squirrel I would have to use recall training because he has a high prey drive and we haven't had much training in that regard(off leash).In my house we never growl or bite a child, never chase wildlife, and to alert me to anything that is a baby or injured. So far it's been a great success with all the dogs. When we go for walks they are to ignore squirrels, ducks, geese, etc and they do. We just got done training that we don't chase birds in the yard. Birds can now land safely within a few feet of the dogs and the dogs ignore them. It's always a work in progress. I have to do it because I would be horrified if they killed anything.
08-30-2014 10:28 AM
ZoeD1217 Aww that is super sweet! ! I'm almost positive Zoe would be flinging then around.... :/
08-30-2014 10:12 AM
Msmaria
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He's got a good nose on him, he never went to the bathroom when I let him out, he went straight for the squirrels. Now he is standing guard at the door wanting to go out there with them.
Was Midnite always as sweet as this? I would love for my boy to be like that. I know some people think if you want a dog that loves eveybody and everything, get a lab..lol. .
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