[QUOTE=Freestep;2607036]That's a good point, and I've heard Terrier people say that they do not give their dogs squeaky toys for that very reason: they learn to attack anything that squeals. I might argue that the Terrier would do that whether it had a squeaky toy or not, though!
I can see how it could be a bad idea for some breeds, but the GSD is a different type of dog, and I think they will know the difference between a squeaky toy and a small animal.
And dogs will pack up on another dog if it's squealing. But I don't know if it has anything to do with whether the dogs had squeaky toys or not.[/QUOTE]
Interesting statement. A squealing dog in that situation brings out really primal behavior in dogs; some dogs will fall into "predatory drift" which is scary to watch. (I believe IMHO that the squealing dog sounds like wounded prey I could be wrong though)
Some dogs just run in and do little nips/bites and run out, other dogs will come in and grab the squealing dog and pick it up and shake it trying to kill it. Doesn't matter what size, they can all be the same size. It's just all happening all at one time so you just have to learn which dogs to watch.
Terriers are the ones to watch in this scenario, but I've seen and dealt with a few Labs that were scary incredibly strong in their desire to cause harm to the squealing one.
Zoey my terrier mix her prey drive is insane....she will stalk, wait and kill any living rodent that is stupid enough to come into our yard, while Alice will only engage unless something runs.
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