Beloz I think there must be a strong nature component just based on the dogs I've had. I've never used or trained a dog to kill anything, but the terrier I owned as a kid never spared anything. If he could catch it, it was dead and he was damn good at catching things be a rat, mouse or larger rabbit. My current dog has very strong prey drive - loves lure coursing, bite work etc but he's never killed anything. He's not as good at catching things either. If there was one rabbit in the whole golf course my terrier would catch it. And given the option, he wouldn't stop at one. If he found a mouse 'nest' or whatever you want to call it, he would get them all, killing them instantly with one bite and moving onto the next. Sammy can be surrounded by rabbits and not catch a thing. Even if he does catch it, there's a good chance that despite him being the much larger, more powerful dog (compared to the terrier), the creature will be just fine.
I think if you have a terrier of some sort, there's a good chance it will be a hunter/killer. Sammy is just a chaser/pursuer but the 'how to kill' instinct is missing.
Mine go rabbiting every morning on our run. In 4 yrs, 1 rabbit caught. useless dogs.
And we are back in mice season, Bernie just cocks his head sideways at them, as they stroll passed him. Then when out of sight, he puts his head back down and gets back to snoozing. useless.
Pohm is our savior, she is chasing the mice, and chomp, bite sized smackos! No waste/mess/cadiver. I like this dog.
Gross, but is having more success than our 20 mice traps i now have laying around.
In the last few years mine have got two cats that came into our yard to use as a toilet, nothing worse than dogs rolling in cat poo as the smell is something vile. If people would only keep their cats on their own property as is the law, but some people just don't care so the score is dogs 2 cats nill.
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I'd be very distraught if my dog would ever kill a cat, no matter what the cat's crime was.
None of my dogs have been successful hunters, but many years back one of our cats took great delight in bringing baby snakes into the house, carting them upstairs to the kids bathroom, and depositing them into the bath! I forget how many, only a few over a period of a few days, but was amazed that she survived raiding the nest!
Mine would kill the ginger Tom that lived next door, after 7 yrs of taunting the dogs daily. But id would be traumatised by that should it occur, so have taken to spray the cat with a hose pipe, to get it off the fence, where it sits, tail aswishing back n forth, cleaning itself. Death wish/bully cat methinks.
But when we visit other peoples homes, they are friendly to those cats. Just seems to be this ginger Tom. Gingers eh?
Maybe 'killers' after all. Today I got a very special birthday pressie from our new girl: a baby rabbitt they caught under our neighbours deck. It hought I wouldn't mind if they caught rabbits. I changed my mind It was just a baby and it was still alive. God knows how long they 'played' with the poor thing before they brought it back. We just took it away from them and put it in a box to see whether it recovers, but it died a few minutes later.
That is sad, Margoo.
Sometimes I think 2 or 3 dogs hype each other up.
We had a pet free range rabbit that was Ozzys mate,
but one day 2 neighbour dogs (westie terriers) came over
and the 3 dogs were chasing the bunny round and round the yard.
Bunny survived, as they did not bite her but she actually miscarried a little baby bunny.
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