I do, as vast majority of dogs wouldn't. Some would. But the oportunity has to be right. As doglifetraining said (and cited Semyonova, with whom I also agree on majority of stuff) dogs do not have the behavior sequence used by predators. Yes, a dog will kill a mouse, a rodent, even a cat or a larger animal, but it will not go to hunt with intention "Huh, I need to go hunting because I'll starve otherwise". Dogs indeed are predominantly scavengers. A dog will "hunt" if it's presented by prey literally in front of his nose, then it will chase it and if lucky, it will kill it and if hungry it will eat it. Many dogs will kill for fun (or just by accident, when they grab the pray that's running away and bite it hard). Some dogs do have bits and pieces of behaviours found in "true predator" such as wolf. One of my dogs is nuts about digging and mice, I've seen him even swallow his "catch". He's not starving, he does it for fun. He does not go to hunt with purpose. I believe he might survive if dumped in the woods or wherever.
Originally Posted by Hyacinth
On the other hand I've seen so many dogs rescued from being dumped in the woods and being skin and bone, on verge of death. Many of those dogs were breeds such as german terriers (I even adopted one ages ago, she was skin and bone), dumped by hunters and similar hunting breeds (viszlas, various gun dogs). If they are so capable of hunting - why in hell were they so skinny, starving and being miserable?
I have also spent some time in Balkan's remote villages and have seen groups of dogs that roamed around and scavange on human waste. Around them kettle, sheep, chickens... Why didn't they just go for a sheep or a calf if they are such great hunters? I even asked people if they have problems with dogs, but apart from being annoyed by their presence and scared of rabies, they told me that they do not bother them or their cattle/animals, not even in winter when food is scarce. Maybe they weren't hungry enough, which I just refuse to believe because they were all very very skinny and to an average animal lover looked awful really.
So yes, some dogs will hunt if they are presented with an opportunity, or if they are genetically more predisposed to it. But many, many would not and would prefer to scavange.
Last edited by Fedra; 06-08-2011 at 07:46 PM.
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