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    Default Dealing with a strange dog

    Ok so let me preface by saying we have a large bush block that is a safe haven for mother kangaroos and baby joeys, they come here to breed, they come here to raise their young and then the giant old grandpas come here to peacefully die. This has influenced our choice of dog that we are getting - bulldog, inside dog, only outside under supervision for plays and walks etc.

    So tonight I see two young kangaroos absolutely barreling across the property full flight obviously in a panic, a bit later I see a white streak of dog running around the tiny dam. We go down and catch it because we don't want it scaring away the kangaroos. It's a beautiful white Samoyed girl that we suspect belongs to our new neighbours. We walk over there but no one is home, my OH wants to just tie it up at their house and leave her, I'm not so keen 1. we aren't 100% sure she's theirs, 2. we have no idea if the neighbours are coming back tonight, tomorrow or in a week's time, 3. I don't want to tie her up in case she gets all caught up and gets injured or killed. So I walk her back to our house.

    Has a collar but no ID tag and no microchip tattoo - we are already starting to curse the owners. We decide the best thing is to call the council to get her collected so at least she spends the night in a shelter with access to food and water and someone to check on her. Call the ranger he is 1 hour away.

    She spends at least 15mins hard panting to calm down after her obviously long and exhausting race, isn't much interested in water, but then once she's not so tired she wants to go home and starts to cry. I sacrifice one of the toys intended for my puppy to keep her amused. That lasts about 5 mins and then she starts to cry again, tail down, stress yawning. So I spend the next 40 mins walking her around and around our backyard, using distraction therapy of the treasure chest of smells that our property must have. She's mostly well behaved, tail starts to come back up again, she marks all over the yard so now I'm freaking that she's left parvo virus all over the place for my puppy.

    After a while though even this isn't working, she's stressed, tired, wants to go home. She jumps up on me a couple of times, not aggressively but definitely trying to test the boundaries, I tell her off and get her to sit for me for a few moments after each jump. We walk some more then she really starts to lose it, rolling on her back, then maddies running in a circle and starting to bark. I'm starting to get a little freaked by this time so decide she can get tied up outside and we'll just have to put up with the barking. Luckily just as I'm walking her back to the house the ranger turns up and she's bundled away.

    So any advise on the best thing to do in that situation? Is there anything else I could have done?

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    I live in a similar scenario to yourself, and we have strays rarely, but occasionally, that display prey behaviour, in wild life breeding grounds.
    I think you did marvelously.

    I am a dog lover. But i love my dogs more than other folks dogs. So would of been fearful of parvo, and have a pound i can use to contain away from my beauties, just in case. The only stray i have caught, was so disgusting, parvo was only one of my concerns for risk to mine. Sounds like this dog was in good health if he was chasing livestock though. And if your dogs are vaccinated, you have vastly increased protection, so i wouldnt be worried too much.

    Tying dog to neighbours and suspected owners property. I think you were right here, if not definate they were the owners, then this would of been unsuitable.
    Dog wardens is where i would try first if my dog were missing. Thus in above scenario, of tying to a empty house fence, that would of delayed my reunion, whereas dog warden/pound, id get a phone call toot sweet!

    I would not of bothered to walk it around to settle it. That was above n beyond and shows how much care you put in. Im sure the samayoed's owners would like to think their dog was found by the likes of you

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    Thanks Bernie, I don't have my pup yet but I heard that parvo can hang around for up to a year, so now i'm freaked about taking my pup out into the yard (when I get him) until he's fully vaccinated. Does a dog have to be sick to pass on the virus or can you get a typhoid mary situation where they are healthy but still carrying the virus?

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    As far as I know - parvo is spread thro poo and poo sniffing - so pee only should be relatively safe.

    https://www.murdoch.edu.au/Services/...ne-Parvovirus/

    The above article suggests that spraying down areas with a bleach solution helps get rid of it.

    I think you did the right thing calling the ranger and the council. If you told the ranger about the dog chasing the wild life - the owner should not get their dog back until it is microchipped and registered and has a collar.

    They should get a fine for allowing it to wander off their property and another fine for allowing it to chase wildlife and another fine for it not wearing the rego disk (off the owner's property). And there should be some sort of fine / cost recovery for the dog staying at the pound.

    This could be a bit harsh if a stranger or thief had let their dog out but I don't know their circumstances.

    Actually in a couple of states (including SA) - microchipping is not mandatory. But if the Samoyd was bred by an ANKC registered breeder - it should have a microchip because it's a membership requirement for that organisation.

    When I first got my puppy - I door knocked all the neighbours on the surrounding blocks so they knew I had a puppy and was approachable if they had any problems with noise etc. Most of them I've talked to since - say she's perfect. I just think they're sounder sleepers than me.

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    I would have just let her cry. I've picked up strays and keeping them safe and trying to reunite them with their owners is as much effort as I'm willing to spend on them.

    And yes, as Hya said, it's poo that's the problem, but I'm pretty sure that they can shed the virus without pooing . Much smaller risk though and it would be very unlucky to have met the dog while they were infected with parvo but not showing symptoms. That is like a 7-10 day window at most. The most common time quoted for parvo to disappear naturally from the environment is 8 months. I know because my backyard is infected because of a foster!
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    Thanks guys that makes me feel much better. I'm a bit of a sucker i cant stand to hear a dog cry and i was upset for her because its not her fault she was in a strange place and very stressed. Very angry at owners i havent seen her in their backyard starting to think they wanted to lose her.

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    i havent seen her in their backyard starting to think they wanted to lose her
    so have you figured out who owns her? Maybe they have her back and they're keeping her inside when they're out so she can't escape or be let out again?

    I keep my dog inside when I'm out.

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    Saw her in their backyard today on my way home, glad she's home safe, just hope they keep her that way this time.

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    Maybe you could go get their mobile phone numbers so you can call next time she arrives at your place - they might come quicker than the ranger. Or just call the ranger again. Hopefully they've got her microchipped?

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