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Old 09-24-2013, 07:50 AM
 
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Exactly how does one teach a dog that it's not acceptable?

I'm all ears.
Using a leash for starters. Then desensitizing them by pre-empting then correcting the red zone behaviors AND providing lots of outlets for that energy like long walks every single day at least twice a day.

I realize some people live in areas with alot of feral cats that you can't predict will be in a yard. But it's not common at all where I've ever lived so that's a factor, too. If it's common and you know your dog is "that way" then ...
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:53 AM
 
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It happens. My family has pit bulls. They have gotten rabbits, moles, mice, snakes, skunks, a real big ground hog, my nephew's pet hampster..... never any cats or other dogs though
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:57 AM
 
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Yeah.

I have to say that when my dog gets hold of a rabbit, it bugs the crap out of me, but the dumb things won't quit coming into our yard.
ik what your talking about. growing up we had a weiner dog that slayed rabbits. its instinct and its not the dogs fault a rabbit decides to have a (litter?) 10 feet from the backdoor.
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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Thanks for that. How did you teach your dog to read it?

Puppy phonics, silly!
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:14 PM
 
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How the heck does high prey drive= aggressive towards humans?

Why are you assuming that the OP is letting their dog run round without a leash where there's traffic?

And up is up with the eye rolling? The OP didn't seem particularly giddy about this event.
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The more I think about it, the less I like the idea of training her not to chase. I live in the city, not out on a farm. My dog is leashed when we are in public and this kitten incident was a fluke and unlikely to happen again. My previous dog, an 11 y.o. shepherd mix never got a hold of any wild animal.

I don't want to un-canine my dog (just like I would never declaw a cat). Right now, she's barking at squirrels running along the top of a block wall. If I was to train that out of her, what is she to do during her occasional stints outside?

I understand why such training might be necessary for some dogs in some environments but for my normally docile dog, her prey drive gives her an adrenalin rush. Who am I to squash that?
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