20 Things You Do That Cause Your Dog To Misbehave

17. Predatory Behavior


As much as we may like to pretend it isn’t so, many breeds were originally bred to be hunters. Even the genteel poodle was bred as a hunting dog: poodles make excellent retrievers.

When dogs are purchased as companions, however, those predatory instincts can present a problem.

Predatory instincts can focus on some very unfortunate victims: babies and other small children; cats; hamsters, gerbils, and other rodents kept as pets; squirrels, birds, and other small animals; wild animals that can be dangerous to pet dogs (like porcupines and raccoons); and, finally, cars.

Dogs’ predatory instincts tend to be stimulated by sight, sound, and smell. Small, rapidly moving animals are especially likely to be seen as prey (unfortunately, that can include babies). Unfortunately, a dog that injures a neighborhood pet or child may have to be euthanized. And dogs can be severely injured by inappropriate “prey” like raccoons and cars.

There are a few things you can do to curb predatory behavior. As always, prevention is the best cure. If your dog has shown predatory behavior, keep him on a leash or in a fenced yard. Next, teach Fido to reliably come when called. The best way to do this is by giving him a treat every time he comes to you.

Finally, reward him for ignoring prey. With Fido on a leash, go for a walk in a place where he usually spots his preferred “prey”. As soon as he spots his prey, stop moving and ignore him. Keep ignoring him until he turns to look at you; then, offer him a treat. By doing this consistently, you can teach him that he gets rewarded for ignoring prey.

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Beagles don’t misbehave ….. their owners do.


Dogs r the best


Pitbulls are the best dogs they are very kind its the owners that give them bad names