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My dogs have always been raised with other animals. PJ and Tysa are terrific with them, I have two cats as well, and they're all best buds.
Even out on walks and such, we sometimes pass other wildlife, rabbits, coyotes at times, all kinds of birds (air and on the ground), cats, the odd skunk or racoon from a distance, deer........you name it. And besides looking over at them, my dogs really don't pay much attention or show anything other than calm curiosity. But squirrels! OMG! Squirrels drive em NUTS! Especially the one pesky squirrel that comes mulitple times a day into my back yard, and I think purposely torments my dogs. It's skip around on the patio right outside the window in the back door, and run up and down the fence on that side too. PJ and Tysa go totally insane! They'll bark, whine, jump up, paw at the window, all kinds of commotion. Regardless of if the squirrel is out or not, they (especially Tysa) will bold out there charging to the spot she last saw the lil beast when I let them out. At times I don't personally see the squirrel, but they do and go charging off after it. I don't think they'll ever catch that quick and agile lil bugger, but I can almost guarentee if somehow they ever did, the outcome would NOT be pleasant. Although exteremely docile and/or friendly with other animals, I can totally see them ripping that lil squirrel to shreds if they ever got their paws on it.
In fact, I can't say I've ever had a dog or known one that didn't get a bit goofy when they've seen a squirrel. So what's the deal? Is it because of their twitchy/nervous type movements that causes them to go batty? I can't say my two get as bad as they do at home when we are out and about on walks. Probably makes matters worse when this one particular squirrel is on their territory.
Is it because of their twitchy/nervous type movements that causes them to go batty?
Yes. It's hardwired. Every walk, as Elsa and I exit our front door, our neighbor's cat comes by to visit us. This cat is so bold that she will rub herself up against Elsa's chest. Elsa could care less about her for the most part. But, if this same cat should run off, Elsa must chase. The movement says "prey". Even if your dog has no intention of catching or killing the animal, that part of the hunting sequence is in tact.
The squirrel may be tormenting your dog, but understand this of bully breeds, they get off on making other animals dance. And squirrels just happen to be the Michael Jackson of animals.
Britishbandit. LoL I know what you mean. One of my old males knocked a door right off the house going after a squirrel. My old gal that passed away in November chased squirrels her whole life. Only once did she corner one. I thought for sure it would be dead. Nope, she backed off enough to let it make a run for it, then she chased it some more. I had a squirrel that did the same thing, come up on the deck by the deck door and waggle it's tail at my dogs. The would be standing there smashing against the door and a real low deep woof woof. Nothing! The squirrel would stand there in the "ready, set.... Go!" position until I opened up the door and they were off! One of my dogs broke a few bones in her foot trying to go up a fence after a squirrel. Didn't stop her from chasing them again. You know you have a good solid "LEAVE IT!" command when they do it and there is a squirrel. LOL
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Gandhi
And squirrels just happen to be the Michael Jackson of animals.
That has to be the funniest thing I have heard all week!
The area around my apartment is just filled with rabbits. My papillons want to chase them so badly every time they spot on. At 8 lbs, I dont think they would stand a chance against some of these giant rabbits. Doesn't stop them from wanting to give them a good run anyway.
One Sunday morning I was walking my big lab (not to be confused with the normal-size lab I have now.) I was wearing a suit and tie, which must mean I was ushering at our church and was killing some time waiting for my family to get ready.
We were walking past a city park misnamed Meade Park. It should be named squirrel park. I was daydreaming, as usual, but noticed a cop parked in the lot across the street. I thought, "Okay, my dog is on the leash and not in the park. I think we'll get through this."
I failed to notice a dozen-or-so squirrels in the park. Cubby did not.
I had him on one of those 14' retractable leashes and, by the time I realized what was happening, he was travelling full-bore and was at the end of the 14 feet.
I didn't dare let go. My dog would be ticketed for being in a city park AND not in my immediate control. So I hung on . . .
. . . and became airborne. I hit the ground and was dragged a few feet before the dog stopped.
When I got home, I had grass stains from my nose to the tips of my shoes, but I had a story to tell. (So did the cop.)
You really do have the funniest stories. Rambo got a stuffed squirrel for Christmas. Needless to say it's just a shell of a stuffed animal now. The stuffing and squeekers were ripped to shreds in about 10 minutes flat. He loves to take this raggy squirrel outside and throw it up in the air and chase it. It's so crazy. I think it might be a warning to the 100 squirrels running around my property. Pretty funny. Never really thought about it much before your post.
I can't decide which is worse, squirrels, or those trade school commercials that are twice as loud as the t.v. program. Right now it's squirrels. Coco had lacerated her big pad on a sharp piece of ice in the yard. The thing was nearly healed when she rushed out the back door after some stupid squirrels and ripped the bandages off. Needless to say, back to square one. We're almost back to that point, and I now have an eye for those buggers that I didn't have before. Which in turn seems to have heightened her sighting abililties as well. Stupid squirrels.
I had a Dalmatian that caught several squirrels. The cats are better at it. My puppies get super excited to see them.I never knew that Yorkie's were hunting dogs till my daughter brought hers to my house. That little girl chases them and follows them tree to tree. If you pick her up she thinks you are going to boost her up the tree so she can get at em. If she could climb the tree, she's be after them.
I also have a squirrel addict dog. Recall is 95% of the time, unless there is a squirrel involved, then it's good by to me and "Hello Mr. Squirrel." Deer, bunnies, cats and kids with balls - nothing!!!
If I am lucky enough when we are walking and spy the squirrel at the same time "leave it" will work, but if I am 2 seconds too late - off like an arrow she goes.
She will sit under a tree for hours waiting for the squirrel to come down or will follow it from tree to tree as it makes its way away from her by tree tops/branches.
One day we told her ( after a couple of hours) that to give up that they don't fall out of trees. Dang, a couple of days later, sure enough two were fighting and fell about 3 or 4 feet in front of her. She turned and looked at us to say "told ya - they do fall out of trees". And off she went chasing them.
got a stuffed squirrel for Christmas. Needless to say it's just a shell of a stuffed animal now. The stuffing and squeekers were ripped to shreds in about 10 minutes flat.
Brandy has one of these "unstuffed squirrels" and also an unstuffed chicken puppet and unstuffed spider puppet. She finally has someone else besides us to play tug with - Tally. Adult mini schnauzer and puppy. They are a pair to watch....
Also, Brandy goes crazy when she sees the squirrels going back and forth along the fence and through the trees. I'm sure she'll be teaching Tally how to do that!