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Offline rubyduby

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Hunting instinct a pain!!!
« on: May 04, 2020, 01:54:42 PM »
I take my two girls for a 2 1/2 -3 hr walk each morning into the fields or on the moors, but they are driving me mad they are obsessed with hunting, - voles-. The spend ages digging up grass tufts, heather anything that might house a vole or vole nest, the will eat any baby voles they find and often the youngest Amber will run off with the nest (or remains of) in her mouth. I hate this as I dont want them killing these baby creatures , as they have enough to contend with without my two loonies digging them up, they will chase ground birds/chicks or anything..Short of keeping them both on a lead all the time on these long walks, I am stumped, the idea of taking them to these places which are very local to me is that they can run and enjoy their walks , so leading them will ruin it for them and myself. My other concern is that my youngest in particular as an excellent memory and even when I drag her away, we can be a fair distance away and as soon as I let her off she will race back to where she or my other dogs has been digging , ignoring my calls or whistles...It worries me that one day she may even cross a road ....!! I have thought of a muzzle but I think she would fight it also it probably wont stop her squashing or clawing baby critters.....help!!! The older dog is 10 and has basicly taught Amber (16mnths) to do this hunting

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Re: Hunting instinct a pain!!!
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2020, 07:25:15 PM »
Rosie hasnt discovered voles/ moles etc but squirrels/ rabbits/ pheasant/ pigeons..She is an absolute nightmare.Her recall is brilliant until one of Her nemesis appear and thats it , gone....they dont even have to appear She can smell when one has been around and She goes into demented mode and She will remember where it was she smelt/ saw it and the next time We walk there demented again.She is an absolute nightmare.Nothing will bring Her out of ‘demented’.So walks in the woods etc have to be on a lead because if She gets a scent She just runs, We can see Her in the distance just running, then She realises She doesnt know where We are and then We can see panic set in, She doesnt hear the whistle etc and it can take sges to get Her attention and when She returns She is hyper ventilating with panic...so for Her own safety and our peace of mind She is on a lead.On the beach, in an enclosed field ,at home she is fantastic brilliant recall etc....but that hunting instinct is all consuming and like you I am afraid it could lead Her into harm.And I have no idea how to control it.....deep joy

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Re: Hunting instinct a pain!!!
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2020, 09:00:36 AM »
yes exactly that, Amber is now also obsessed with squirrels, in fact anything that moves, she doesnt panic, but yes runs off, but she knows the area very well and often meets us further along oblivious to our concerns, I have even considered putting something on their nose or top lip, scentd, to disguise the scents she is following, but cant think of anything safe enough, and I dont want to spoil her walks, but ...........???

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Re: Hunting instinct a pain!!!
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 08:14:50 PM »
No offence intended but if dog cant be trusted to walk at heel or at least stay close and not hunt then it really should be on a lead at this time of year , breeding season, ground bird's etc 👍
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Re: Hunting instinct a pain!!!
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2020, 09:40:36 PM »
No offence intended but if dog cant be trusted to walk at heel or at least stay close and not hunt then it really should be on a lead at this time of year , breeding season, ground bird's etc 👍

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