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Old 04-16-2016, 08:06 AM
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Given she's practicing on non venomous snakes at least she'll have good technique if she ever hunts a nasty one?
Snakes move very fast, much faster than a dog can move. They strike about one third the length of their body. And venomous snakes are much more likely to strike than a non venomous. Part of that reason is that for a non venomous snake it's all a bluff, if they bite nothing happens. They need to bluff to make the threat think they are dangerous. A venomous snake doesn't have that problem, a bite can be deadly. But they do not always envenomate, they can have a dry bite. Where they do not inject venom.

I would try to discourage killing of snakes, or any wildlife really. But I have a soft spot for snakes.
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Absolutely! But I wouldn't do it with a shock collar is all, sorry if that wasn't clear. I was just trying to say something comforting if a little stupid. For the record I tried to keep the cat inside at night after the snakes, but it was my families place so I had limited say in it.
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I would try to discourage killing of snakes, or any wildlife really. But I have a soft spot for snakes.
I did actually take her inside last week when I saw a garter snake in the yard because I thought she would grab him. But she got him the next day when I was at work, when my mom took her out. Yesterday at the park I had no idea she was going after a snake. She was just hunting around a large rock. I assumed it was a mouse or chipmunk or something, and I honestly didn't think she'd be able to get under it. But there was a wide enough gap on one side and...she pulled him out. Typically when she does try to go after other animals I stop her, I don't want to encourage the hunting--especially since one of the animals she seems to think are prey are cats. But I guess it's just I don't get "upset" like some people do if my dogs kill a wild animal. I used to see our dog Perdy kill lots of animals, my dad liked to keep her in the backyard a lot during the day to protect his vegetable garden.
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I don't get really upset, but it does make me sad to see an animal killed for no reason. I have no issues with predator and prey. It may not be pretty but it is natural. I feed my animals raw meat and have snakes, I get it. But I've also worked at wildlife rehab. I get that sometimes you can't do anything about your dog getting an animal. It happens. I'm not trying to blame you or attack you at all, if that is how you are feeling. It's just that our pets do not need to hunt for food, it's a waste of a life. But I'm not attacking you, just my thoughts. I love those little slithery guys.
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If its a common garden snake, not dangerous to your dog, but everything is relative, and from the snakes point of view, its very dangerous.
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