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Old 08-23-2011, 11:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my 9mo maggie, sniffed out and captured a big rat (tree rat) in our back garden tonight. She was like a cat, playing with it, pawing it, carrying it around (while still alive) etc. I let her continue until the rat was almost dead and disposed of it before she could chow down on it. She left it when I asked her, albeit a bit begrudgingly.
Anyway I was wondering was this a good thing for her behavioral development, to let her experience this, or should I have stopped her much earlier?
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Idk on it being a good or bad experience. Good if you want her to kill rats.

Is she UTD on her shots? Make sure she couldn't have been exposed to lepto.
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Where do you live? Around here the rats carry leptospirosis, a potentially deadly disease.
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Where do you live? Around here the rats carry leptospirosis, a potentially deadly disease.
San Diego. She's up to date on shots.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Lepto has many different strains. The dog across the street was vaccinated for lepto and got it.
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Leptospirosis in Dogs How They Catch It, How We Cure It, How We Prevent It
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If it was me... I wouldn't allow my dog to do this, but I really don't like seeing little things get tortured. That's just me though.
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Havoc got a rat. He just pounced on it and broke the back. My son had to finish it with a shovel. My dogs have always seemed confused by the death of their prey--several squirrels, one bird and a chipmunk.

They once chased down a fawn. I caught up with them expecting to find a scene of carnage. Nope, they were just licking it.
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Rats=fleas.
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