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    Default Banjo killed a rabbit

    A wild rabbit, not someone's pet!

    I always feel a bit naive when I notice how surprised I am when I see a dog do that for the first time. My previous dog was 100% hunting dog and I remember finding a gutted possum in the backyard one morning and being puzzled about this for months because I firmly believed that there was no way my nice dog could've done that. Of course I soon learnt that she was very capable of that.

    And now, because Banjo doesn't look anything like a hunting dog, I naively thought that she was just chasing the bunnies for fun. Until one squealed and was very dead. I felt quite bad about it.

    I do consider rabbits to be in the same class as mice and rats, so I won't lie awake about it. I think the worst thing is always that realisation that I lost control over the dog for a while when she chased it, killed it and then spend a while enjoying her trophy (made worse by foster pup trying to get it off her). I decided to continue along the usual path for a few minutes and then called her from a distance and she came then.

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    I know how you feel. Roxy killed her first rabbit on the morning of my birthday of all days! I too was quite surprised to see that our cute little poopies could be so nasty. She learned quickly that we take them away from her if she gets them. Which was of course the most stupid thing to do ever because now she hides them under the deck and quietly sneaks out for a little midnight snack.

    I understood the full extend of my mistake only when I a) found her gnawing away on a bloody mess of a half eaten rabbit on the good rug in the living room in the middle of the night and b) when I finally realised where that awful stench on our deck came from...

    I'm sorry I have no solution My neighbour stopped his dogs from chasing possums by feeding them in front of his dogs. He says they since understood that they're under his protection and never tried to kill one again. But I don't really want to feed rabbits. I'm kind of glad they disappeared out of our garden.

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    lol Dodge hunts and kills rabbits all the time. She got one yesterday actually, had an awesome time playing with it after she killed it. I'm just glad she kills them fast... one bite and its dead.We think its great because we had a massive rabbit problem a while ago. A huge colony of them were living under our house. Between Dodge and the cats, we don't have a massive rabbit problem any more. There are still plenty of them down at the hay shed, but none near the house. Koda has caught one rabbit... it was a young one that was stupid enough to venture into the yard which must stink like crazy of Koda... (even out cattle don't like eating the grass in that yard)

    I do love rabbits though, they make nice pets. A couple of times i've heard dodge barking at a rabbit where she can't reach, so i've rescued it before she gets to it... They're so cute I sometimes can't help myself lol

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    My dog will spend all day hunting mice and rats.

    But so far she's not killed any of them. Even when I've caught one live and released it for her - all she did was gently pick it up when it got to the edge of the lawn and release it again so she could chase it again. And then she let it escape...

    I don't trust her with the lawnmower man tho.

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    My previous dog, a lurcher type dog, took until she was about 8 to finally get good at catching rabbits, even though she spent hours each week during the colder months chasing them and sticking her head into their burrows. And she'd wait hopefully but in vane to see one come out if her best friend the JRT was barking underground if we took her too. I used to crack up watching them together because they were hopeless. They made sooo much noise too. So only on very windy days did even manage to get close to a rabbit.

    But as my dog got older she got more patience and she'd adopt a stalking technique that proved to be quite effective.

    And Banjo is quite a bit smarter than my old dog. So now she had one success, I'm pretty sure there will be more. The end of her innocence! I actually think it might be illegal to let your dog kill wild rabbits in the ACT? Which is rather interesting when they spend so much money and effort on trying to eradicate them.

    And Margoo, thanks for the warning about taking the rabbit off them! Not that we have any in our tiny suburban backyard, but I wouldn't want to cause her to run and hide when we're on a walk.

    Hyacinth, my previous dog would kill our pet mice in seconds when my daughter left their cage open. But completely ignored the wild mice in my bedroom.

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    I wish mine would chase mice. But they just lazily watch them running past their beds when they laze in front of the fireplace.

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    Mine love to chase and also catch rabbits.......good RAW food for them, but you do have to be able to call them off. As it might one day not be a rabbit and someones toy type dog...I have seen the happen with a GSD and Rottie..So keep up training those recalls
    Pets are forever

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    it might be illegal to let your dog kill wild rabbits in the ACT
    I know with lure coursing - we're not allowed to use live rabbits or any other live critter and not to use their fur either...

    I think the RSPCA has somehow made it that hunting with dogs is illegal. Or using dogs to hunt and catch stuff is illegal - I'm a bit vague on the details. I know you're not allowed to let your dog harass humans, other dogs or livestock and wildlife but not sure if rabbits qualify as wildlife or vermin. Hmm had a look at the SA act - dog not allowed to harass an animal that is someone's "property" and not allowed to harass any "protected" animal eg in a National Park.

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    Two mornings ago, Banjo took ages to come when I called her. I was just on my way to go grab her, when she appeared, with a spot of blood on her leg. Which clearly wasn't hers.

    This morning she showed me the rabbit she'd killed. A little baby rabbit, by then frozen solid. She picked it up and moved it a bit, as if to show me it was dead. She looked pretty proud. Then she dug a hole and buried it.

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    Marinading it for later

    No rabbits around here really - my boys choice of prey is flies, geckos and clothes pegs. Doesn't even really care about birds in the yard (although I'm sure he'd try given the chance, but he knows he can't catch them). Toads and snakes are the main issues here. Occasionally during the summer I'll hear a frog squealing (which is a really weird, disturbing sound), most of the time he seems to just play with them as they're still alive when I go out to find him.

    I used to have a pet rabbit when I lived in Melbourne, went to bring it inside one afternoon but couldn't find it, so just left it outside for the night .. some lucky fox had a good feed. We found it's tail in the garden the next morning (we still have it for some reason, lol, if only a rabbits tail was as lucky as the foot). Quite surprising as we lived amongst other houses with the usual 6ft fences, so it would have had to have gone through a few backyards to get to ours.

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