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Old 06-12-2020, 11:25 PM
 
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Just curious if there are any unusual risks in DE for rabbits or a large outdoor dog? Being from MD and now living in VA, I'd assume no but want to be sure. I was surprised to learn of many risks in FL. Thank you
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Old 06-13-2020, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Ocean View, DE
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I had my rabbits in an outdoor pen at one time in my secluded backyard....no more. So much drama. I had problems with a fox going up to the pen and staring at my rabbits, trying to figure out how to get to them. We kept chasing it away. Now, we have coyotes. I also had an issue with two loose dogs barking at and trying to terrorize my rabbits. The dogs were aggressive towards people as well so it was a huge issue. I wound up calling animal control who never did catch the dog; I dealt with it on my own (legally). This is all in a very populated town too--far from rural.

Here's a really strange one--I once had a rat (somebody's pet that got loose or was released) try to get to my rabbits when they were in a low pen. It stood on its hind legs and tried to bite their feet! I raised the pen so the rat could not reach them which solved that problem.

Dogs--I don't have one, but coyotes would be my biggest worry. We only have one venomous snake--the copperhead. It doesn't really climb or go after anything other than small rodents, and they aren't aggressive. I'd imagine there are many more risks for dogs in Florida though.
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Old 06-15-2020, 08:18 AM
 
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Just curious if there are any unusual risks in DE for rabbits or a large outdoor dog? Being from MD and now living in VA, I'd assume no but want to be sure. I was surprised to learn of many risks in FL. Thank you
I don't believe in outdoor animals. Dogs are pack animals and should live inside with their family/pack. In some states are the rules about how long you can leave a dog outside. It's frown upon, and in many places, it's illegal..
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Old 06-15-2020, 11:35 AM
 
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Just curious if there are any unusual risks in DE for rabbits or a large outdoor dog? Being from MD and now living in VA, I'd assume no but want to be sure. I was surprised to learn of many risks in FL. Thank you
I don't think there there are any unusual risks for outdoor dogs in Delaware. This is an agricultural state and many farms have outside dogs, and those with larger lots have dogs outside within fenced yards. We had a couple of German Shepherd dogs on our 160 acre farm a few years ago that ran loose all over the farm, and slept in our large barns. They loved chasing the Canada geese off our freshly grown wheat fields, and splashing in the pond. As old Delaware farmers, we never believed in having animals in the house, and our Amish neighbors still think the same. But these days, as times change, and with all the veterinary services available, having indoor pets is more prevalent.
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