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    Hi guys,
    Just curious to know. At what age do their instincts kick in to "kill/chase" ? e.g rabbits etc??
    Do they always have it in them or does it come about as they get older?
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    I think they would always have the instinct in them. It just takes time for them to develop the skills. Bella would have only been about 6 months old when her and Harley tried to take down a kangaroo. :/

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    The reason i ask... detroit is 7 weeks old... the rabbit was on the grass he spotted it and took off after it he actually grabbed its bum and pulled out hair... I didnt think about it because even though im sure diesel would eat him in one bite you say "no" and he just sits and watches him. he tried to join in with detroit but again you tell him back or no and he sits down... i couldnt believe detroit was that quick after it lol
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    Tia cant stand magpies, especially when she is sleeping in the sun and they swoop her....she tries tries to stalk them when they land in a bush, don't think she realises she has no camouflage haha! So far only 1 bird has been killed but it was the biggest fluke ever!!!

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    I found that buckley was worse with my rabbit when he was younger. I'm not sure if he wanted to kill as such because he never got the chance but from the day we brought him home (9 weeks) he would contantly try to chase and tackle the rabbit.

    He's now 8 months old and has come to realise the rabbit it part of the family. I don't let them out the backyard together (it's fair game out there and he probably would kill her) but inside he knows no chasing, pestering or going up to the rabbit is allowed. Doesn't stop him from trying still, but just a quick "ahhh" and he retreats

    I think that instinct is always there..it's just a matter of teaching the dogs what is and isn't appropriate.

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    the instinct is there but in different levels in different dogs!

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    For 2 weeks Mojo (11 weeks) didnt care less about the guinea pigs. Not even a sniff or a look.
    Now all of a sudden he bolts right to the cage and zoomies around it for a couple of laps, barking and carrying on then he does the crouch down bum in the air thing and barks at them.
    The piggy's dont seem fazed by him and one even tried to bite him the other day. He thought that was fantastic fun. I dont think its a kill thing ,more like play, but i cant take the risk. The wife and kids would kill me if they got hurt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    For 2 weeks Mojo (11 weeks) didnt care less about the guinea pigs. Not even a sniff or a look.
    Now all of a sudden he bolts right to the cage and zoomies around it for a couple of laps, barking and carrying on then he does the crouch down bum in the air thing and barks at them.
    The piggy's dont seem fazed by him and one even tried to bite him the other day. He thought that was fantastic fun. I dont think its a kill thing ,more like play, but i cant take the risk. The wife and kids would kill me if they got hurt.
    sounds like a play thing to him, although big dogs dont know their own strength!! this little foxy kept trying to hump tie when she was about 12 weeks, she was already twice his size and ended up giving him a clip round the ear...looked like a skinny bloke getting hit my mike tyson!!

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    It all depends on socialisation. At his current age he probably just thinks it is a game.

    If you train him to respect the rabbit and make sure they get lots of socialising together, he will hopefully grow up like Buckley in Tiff's post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel&Bandit View Post
    Hi guys,
    Just curious to know. At what age do their instincts kick in to "kill/chase" ? e.g rabbits etc??
    Do they always have it in them or does it come about as they get older?
    My personal experience is that it varies between individual dogs, for instance old Sir the instinct never manifested at all, I had a Ridgy called mondo and hers appeared at 12 weeks old the day I brought her home with the chasing and flattening with her paw of a duckling. Duckling survived thank dog. Star was around the 2 year mark when she sighted a possum and went berko trying to get at it.
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