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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know how to make a poll soooo, does anyone else's dog get mice or rats. My dog has gotten 4. One here in the back yard and 3 at the field where we play fetch at. There are wild rabbits there also and he goes crazy trying to sniff them out. LOL, he had me laughing so hard one time I fell off the bucket I was sitting on. He was chasing it around in a circle, around me and the rabbit was way to quick for him. Those fast darting moves were way to much for him.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 08:42 PM
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I'm not sure encouraging/allowing the dog to chase wildlife is a good idea. This could easily move into chasing smaller dogs/cats, etc.

In my city there are specific bylaws against allowing dogs to chase/disturb wildlife.
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My dogs love hunting voles aka field mice.They are rarely successful,I often see the little critters running off while the dogs are snorting and pawing at the spot it was a few seconds ago.

If my girl Misty is off leash in the field next door she hunts them like some wild animals do....she leaps high in the air and pounces.She gets one about half the time.

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I haven't seen any field mice but we have Gophers everywhere...my young dog can't catch anything but he does that pounce thing as well...but my Old GSD got a couple of them and oh boy was it ever a mess when he decided to gift me with it
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I'm not sure encouraging/allowing the dog to chase wildlife is a good idea. This could easily move into chasing smaller dogs/cats, etc.

In my city there are specific bylaws against allowing dogs to chase/disturb wildlife.
Things are a little different when you live in the country.Most of the critters that can be real pests will for the most part avoid a property with a dog or two.Mice,rats,gophers are fair game.Any feral cats people keep for pest control easily avoid dogs.Rabbits and squirrels are usually way too fast to be caught and decide to move on instead of raising families and overunning the place.

It is of course forbidden to harass game animals,but you can shoo them off of your property.

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Butters isn't allowed to chase birds or any other sort of critters. However, my mom is deathly afraid of snakes and Butters actually ended up "saving" her from one a few months back; a garter snake had slithered on up to her so Butters grabbed it and tossed it back into the woods.

So, snakes and spiders are the exception to this rule. If she sees one she's welcome to go and fling it off (or in the case of spiders, kill them).


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Lol,Augustine!I wish they would chase away all of the spiders!They are interested in snakes but I don't encourage it,we do have rattlesnakes in Michigan!

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I definitely do not encourage wildlife chasing. Max got scratched under the eye by something in our backyard. I thought it was a feral cat. Who knows we have ground hogs, wild turkeys,raccoons, deer, fox, squirrels. When i took max to the vet he said he treated a case where the dogs eye was ripped out by a raccoon.


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We don't know about our Shepherd yet, he hasn't been in the yard unsupervised yet. We don't let any of our dogs go after anything while they are walking with us. I rollerblade/skateboard/bike with my dog & it could be super dangerous if he took off after something.
In the yard, our female Husky has gotten a squirrel & a opossum. We called her off the opossum & got a wildlife rescue to come get it. Our indoor cat even got a bird that ended up in our house!
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