Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Southern, Ontario, Canada
Re: How do I teach Zoe to avoid my reptiles?
As well I have had many exotics through out the years and dogs are always curious as to what the heck they are. The only pet that I have that are good with my reptiles I have now (two green iguana's) Is my one cat. She will go in the iguana enclosure and bask in the basking spot just like the lizard does. She doesn't seem to mind sharing with the cat though.
But all my dogs have always been curious and for some reason the GSD's always want to eat them for dinner or play really rough with them. My dane was really good with them but obviously if he stepped on them they would probably be hurt pretty bad. I have one with MBD (metabolic bone disease which is like bone cancer in us) and another healthy male. Yrie is very concerned with them as well.... but he would rather "play" with them then get along. So he knows where the cage is, he will look in there, he walks in there when I go in, but I tell him out and out he goes. IMO dogs and lizards just don't get along... its like some prey drive they have. I'm sure SOME dogs do but most don't. I run a reptile forum and last year we had one of our members iguana's mutalated by his jack russel.
Just be careful and use your own judgement. Maybe installing a latch at the top of the door, or one of those chain things a hotel has.. that way they can still look inside but not get inside.
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