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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane'o View Post
    what do you people think of a dog attacking another dog, cat or possum?
    Totally dont allow it. Mine bailed up a young fox once. They wernt sure about it because they are not dog aggressive dogs but they knew this was different. I got them off it because I could see where it was potentially heading. I just think it is not appropriate in a domestic dog to encourage this behaviour particularly if the dog is a family pet. It leads places that can get one into trouble as far as I am concerned.

    My dogs have been attacked by other dogs on occassion and I find it totally unacceptable to be honest. If you know your dog may attack another dog it needs to be managed, simple as that. I am not a cat person, in fact I dont like cats but last thing that you want is for someones pet cat to be mauled by a dog. I get wild cats here and I would rather either catch them in a proper cat cage trap or shoot them than have them mauled to death.
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    We have a lot of possums and rabbits and our dogs love to chase them. They chase everything that runs - it's our biggest problem and I'll probably be working on that until they die! I also have no doubt that they could and would do serious damage to smallish livestock.

    I would be very upset if our dogs killed a possum. I know rabbits are a pest and so are foxes. They are still living, breathing, feeling beings and it's not their fault that some moron brought them to Australia. So I definitely don't want my dogs to kill them. Especially since I saw how they killed the poor rabbit they caught - not quickly but like a cat. Slowly and playing with it. If they'd stick with rabbits I would probably not sweat over it as they're far too slow for them anyway. But since they got the hang of how much fun this is, this triggered other problems (I.e. chasing cats, possums, roos....)

    So if I had another chance (hindsight is always good). I'd start from the beginning - puppystage - with training that chooks, cats, whatever are NOT to chase. And I wouldn't let them find out themselves what fun it is.
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    Our council notifies us when 1080 baits are laid around the channels here for foxes. The other reasons mine are now fully contained are for the above reasons as well as this. I would not want them getting the baits or eating other animals, birds that have been killed by them. I think you really have to look at the bigger picture here, Shane and keep Snow safe. This in turn will keep other animals safe and exercise concerns can all have viable solutions should you wish to put the effort in in responsible ownership of a pet.

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    what do you people think of a dog attacking another dog, cat or possum?
    This is the rule in SA.

    A person who owns or is responsible for the control of a dog is guilty of an offence if the dog attacks, harasses or chases or otherwise endangers the health of a person or an animal or bird owned by or in the charge of another person (whether or not actual injury is caused).
    So "My dog's friendly" is not an excuse for people letting their Lab cross run full speed straight up to or into other people and their dogs. The penalty is more severe if the person responsible for the dog deliberately sets it to chase another dog or person. Tho I have been known to tell my dog to go play or "round em up" with her friends... I also send her up the beach to greet her friends (the ones who feed her chicken for breakfast). But she doesn't get in other dog's faces on the way. If another dog wants to say hello or steps into her path she either zooms around them or she stops, crawls and rolls over. Not exactly harassing.

    So the question is a little bit more complicated by where the cat or possum is - eg if it's in your back yard and your dog is accustomed to "protecting" your back yard - the cat is trespassing... the cat could be in trouble but if the cat is in the neighbour's yard then that might be different. Pretty sure it's against the animal welfare / prevention of cruelty to animals act in all states - to send your dog to attack another animal including cats and rabbits. Not sure how that fits with dogs and hunting, but fox hunting has been banned in Australia for quite a while, and you can't use live prey in lure coursing either.

    I'm lucky with my dog - she will bail the cat or rabbit up in our backyard but she won't actually attack it.

    We've had some excitement with possums at our local dog club. They run across the agility course while we're running our dogs on it, and it's very difficult to persuade a herding dog or terrier to leave it alone. It's possible and that's what we're all aiming for but it's difficult. So there is no way we'd let the dog continue with the chase. I have let my dog bark at the possum to encourage it to stay at the top of the tree but I put her on lead if I think there is one headed for the ground...

    It's not easy to train but it's not ok to let your dog chase possums either. This applies to all wildlife. And a kangaroo can kill a dog - so really bad idea to let the dog chase a roo.

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