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post #1 of 50 Old 07-05-2014, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Dog killing other animals

My German shepherd is 2 and a half and she likes to kill animals. She has brought many many deer legs and parts home, a few jack rabbits, chickens, birds, mice and two of our barn cats. Never have gone after our horses though. We got her from a human society and she was around 5 months when we got her and her and my lab male get along pretty well they will 'fight' and play but nether have made each other bleed or anything. My dad (kinda my mom) wants to put her down but she is my dog that I got after I lost my dog of 16 years.

Is there anything to do with her? Or is the only option to put her down?

They are outside dogs and we are in the country ten acres and no one for miles around us. They have the garage and a dog house and get food twice a day. We play with them daily. They wanna put her down because they want chickens and other birds and let them out and not have to worry. I've told them to get a wireless collar thing to keep her near the house.
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post #2 of 50 Old 07-05-2014, 05:09 PM
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Wireless collars aren't 100% effective and that won't stop the other animals - chickens etc - from coming up TO the house. Chickens aren't the brightest animals. Honestly if she's been killing things this long she's probably not going to stop. You might look into rehoming her rather than putting her down though, just to a home that doesn't have any other small animals or access to them.
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I have to agree with your parents. Sorry.
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Does she show any aggression towards humans? If no, then consider rehoming her (with a fee, of course) to someone who doesn't have any pets, and with no plans to get any.
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Or don't let her roam off leash and keep her muzzled. She won't stop killing things now that she's used to it. Might be best to rehome her.
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She is fine to us but we don't have many people at the house so she doesn't meet many people. Maybe ten to twenty people come out every year but usually the same people. I don't know how well she would do with other people..

It's hard to think about putting her down as she's healthy and young. I put down my first puppy a year after I got him because he was being paralyzed in the back end. And that was hard enough.
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There is little to no reason to kill a dog that is going after small prey (unless there are other aggression or health issues of course). If she gets along well with dogs and humans, see about getting in touch with a breed rescue- they may be able to hook her up with a new home and family. A dog like yours will do well in most non-farm homes! Not a good match as a farm dog, obviously, but it's easy enough to find a no-cats-no-chickens house-dog home in most towns and cities for a nice purebred, especially if she is healthy and friendly otherwise.
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post #8 of 50 Old 07-06-2014, 07:27 AM
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Does she show any aggression towards humans? If no, then consider rehoming her (with a fee, of course) to someone who doesn't have any pets, and with no plans to get any.
And if the neighbors have pets or chickens?
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post #9 of 50 Old 07-06-2014, 08:32 AM
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The dog is dangerous to smaller animals. Unless she can be completely confined, such as behind a secure fence, she will continue to kill.

I don't let my dogs roam even though I'm out in the country. The animal has proven to you that she will kill if given the opportunity, so your only options are euthing or lifetime confinement.

I'd never give an animal away who had such a high prey drive. All it takes is a neighbor's smaller pet to wander over and get mauled, for the new owners to be slapped with a lawsuit for knowingly harboring a dog that kills.

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post #10 of 50 Old 07-06-2014, 08:43 AM
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Confine or muzzle. Regardless of where you live dogs shouldn't be roaming.
Don't you feel bad for the cats?
I have no ides but would removing the fangs keep it from killing small animals?
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