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My dog killed a deer

Discussion in 'Labrador behaviour' started by kategorgeous, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. kategorgeous

    kategorgeous Registered Users

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    Help! I have just returned from a walk, during which my 4 year old black bitch purebred lab chased, caught and killed and tore apart a small deer.
    She has always brought me only dead animals nearly dead animals in the past and has always dropped them when asked. Her recall is kinda ok with a whistle.
    I've never seen this savage behaviour in her before and we have had her from a puppy.
    I take her 'hunt' training with dummies and play hide and seek with her toys at home to satisfy her hunting instinct.
    This episode has left me really shaken.
    Is muzzling the only solution?
     
  2. AngelConradie

    AngelConradie Registered Users

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    Holy wow!
    I'm sorry I have no advice or experience, I just wanted to tell you to hang in there.
    Shoowee.
     
  3. Michael A Brooks

    Michael A Brooks Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum.

    She should not be off lead until your recall is better than kinda okay. You should be able to call her back, even if a deer is in sight. I admit it will be hard work because the freedom to follow her prey drive has been reinforced time and time again in the past. But with persistence it can be done. Practise recall with higher and higher distractions until it is rock solid. In order that you prevent walkabout use a long line.
     
  4. Jo Laurens

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    I agree with Michael. Her recall needs to be more than 'kinda ok'....
     
  5. Jo Laurens

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    Pippa has a great book called 'Total Recall' which you might want to check out.
     

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