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« on: December 02, 2010, 09:00:37 AM »

How do you stop a dog from chasing squirrels?

Our dogs will often try to catch squirrels in our yard despite our efforts to dissuade them. None have ever been caught in 33 years. This morning, I had just let one dog out on her run alone and she made a mad dash for a squirrel and managed to nip at it twice before I could run outside and 200 feet back into our yard to stop her.  The squirrel limped/crawled under a shed and DH has been trying to get it out because it is injured, but we don't know how badly.  Will try to take it to the vet if he can catch it.  I'd assume its in bad shape.  We feel awful for the poor thing since we feed them daily and provide water.   Cry  If DH sees a dead squirrel or opossum or even bird on our street (from cars hitting them), he will bury them.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2010, 12:23:01 PM »

As the owner of Jack Russells, I could NEVER get them to stop! I did notice that the squirrels would climb a tree outside of the fence and then tease my dogs, though! I don't think you can stop them, unless the squirrel bites them. That may stop them, but then you have to worry about Rabies! (Now they chase mongoose.)
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010, 01:19:26 PM »

Dogs will chase.  Don't know that anyone ever sucessfully stopped them.

I hope you get the squirrel to a doctor.  I know they are basically rats in trees, but they are adorable little critters.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2010, 02:21:55 PM »

Mongoose....how big are those? 

The squirrel was trying to jump onto a tree when our dog chomped at him.   Sad  We can't find the squirrel.  DH keeps checking. It is no longer hiding under the shed, so we don't know what to think, where it went.  Dogs cannot reach the shed.  I think squirrels are fascinating to watch. We even put fruit out for them in the winter.  DH is particularly upset because he says that is the one he had trained to come right up to him for peanut handouts. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2010, 02:29:22 PM »

Oh, I'm sorry  Cry  My DH loves the squirrels, too.  We had to stop feeding them, though, a couple of years ago because our neighbors started trapping them Angry  They still come up on our back deck and drink out of the bird bath, and dig in the planter dirt.  Very cute.

Hopefully he just got grazed and is out scouting for nuts.
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 03:43:10 PM »

I hope the little squirrel is doing OK; I like to watch them too. Maybe if he is nowhere to be found it means he is OK and moving normally; I've never seen them stay in one place for long, they dart off so quick.
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010, 05:50:04 PM »

Sorry about the squirrel.  I hope it recovers.  I've seen a few dogs who would leave chasing natural prey when trained to do so, but I think it must take a terrific amount of work.

Even though they have chewed siding off my house, and regularly dig up my flower planters and raid my bird feeders, I like to watch squirrels too, and put out corn for them in the winter.
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2010, 05:50:25 PM »

I've never found a way to stop them, its natural for them to go after rodents & squirrels are rodents.  A few years ago I had a baby squirrel get into the basement & mine got him. I was trying to rescue him & hold the 3 dogs at the same time ,but it didn't work. Poor thing was climbing the artificial Christmas tree to escape. Although I hate to see anything injured or killed, I'm not a squirrel fan. They've chewed my car , house , planters ,plants & sheds & outdoor furniture. having said that , I still rescue them if they are injured. Last year Marsha & I saved 2 nestfulls of squirrel babies when the nests came down in a storm.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2010, 07:38:04 PM »

Do not know for sure, but  when I started working with RC and "leave it" I incorporated "leave (insert animals name)  alone" meaning squirrels, chipmunks, birds , wild turkey ect... started command early.  Whether I was darn lucky or he listened he did not chase the little guys . I will say though the  two things RC did not listen to me on were wild turkey and a crane (they are not here all the time) .  Dont remember when RC started ignoring squirrels , chipmunks ,birds but he was not on leash past 2 around the house.   Started leave  (insert animals name) alone  with Max , so far so good ( we will see) , birds do catch his attention though.   Brother in law had his dog over ( Chase ) , Chase was very interested watching squirrels play in the  trees.

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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2011, 11:47:32 PM »

Awww poor squirrel....I do not think at this point you can break your dogs pof chsing squirrels. I had a dog I took through obedience to agility. Because he was so well trained a fast down and he would drop to the ground and not move till told. I could put a steak on a plate on the sofa tell him leave it ..go get my A-1 and that dog would be in place still....he was trained... The dog I have now....he has some manners but I didn't train him to the level my other dog was trained .....he would nail that squirrel in a heartbeat ....I bet he would not listen.....I would maybe not feed the squirrels or scope the yard out good before you let the dogs out cause that is instinct no less than cats wanting to chase mice.....
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2011, 12:24:05 AM »

Might want to have welders gloves  handy in case you do find the squirrel. Never know what an injured animal will do, especially if they have rabies and bite you if you are taking them in to be treated.
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