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Unread 09-12-2007, 05:54 AM   #1
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Hi there,
Firstly I would like to say great forum!!

Ok here is my dilema. So I have a lovely German Shephard. She is almost 12 months old and the problem I have with her is that when ever I am not at home, if a lizard or other small animal should enter our premises she attacks and kills them...I am at my wits end as to how to stop this problem. If I am home and around she won't even try as she knows its a big no no. I have tried spending lot sof time on lead with her and finding animals to be near and be in a controlled situation etc.. No worries at all it all seems fine. But the minute I am not around she finds things and kills them.
Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. It really is very upsetting to come home to a chewed up lizard. She is getting out for daily walks every morning before work.
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Hi and welcome to the forum

Im sorry I dont no how to fix this, but im sure someone else can. We are a great caring forum

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. I hope you'll post pics of your dog, we'd love to see her. When you say your dog kills lizards & other small animals what do you mean? Like cats, rabbits, etc. or are we talking lizards & little slithering things?

Other than appropriate supervision & desensitizing a dog to these little creatures, I'm not sure there's going to be a reliable way to stop a dog from munching on lizards. I'm hoping some others have ideas for you.

Is your dog left outdoors while you're away?
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Your dog is doing what it is bred to do.... protect your home!

You can try to work on getting your dog use to other animals but if your dog is left outside and " on duty " he is just doing what instinct tells him to do ... guard and protect.

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I had a Shep X and she would wait for the Cats to bring in the lizards... still alive, and she would kill them. :-/ and the ones that got away are now
"pets" that we find around the house. .LOL Being in Florida, there are TONS of Lizards. All my dogs chase them outside.. it is hard to change there instinct to chase and kill them.. :-/ So, I just live with it. Lol
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Personally I would be glad if my dog killed things entering our house... She will occassionally get a snake in our yard and I give lots of treats and love for ridding my space of slithering ucky I am scared to death of things...
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Training the prey/guard drive out of a GSD when you're not there to enforce it is going to be next to impossible imo. She sounds like she is very well trained otherwise, since she defers to you when you're home. I'd have to agree with Dobermans that the dog is just doing what she's been bred for.
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Yeah, that's a pretty hard thing to train a dog out of, especially when they were bred for those kind of things.

I have a GSD as well who is almost a year and a half. I have several other pets including cats, guinea pigs, parrots, pigeons, mice and rabbits. She is so gentle with the pets because she knows they belong to us and they are a part of the "flock" (remember, shepherds were originally bred to guard sheep!). But she will catch mice outside and chase stray cats out faster than they can come in. It's just something that you learn to live with. I actually don't mind her doing that at all because it helps to protect my pigeons from becoming cat food.
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Other than crating your dog when your not home I don't think there is a solution for her strong prey drive. She's going to do what comes naturally to her when your not there to supervise.

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I'd second the crating suggestion as the only way to prevent the activity. I guess I'd just want to find out whether anything your dog could kill/eat might be harmful health-wise to your dog (I've heard mention that some critters can give off nasty things to dogs if attacked). If that is a concern I would think of crating; otherwise.....I'm sure you'll get more used to seeing the messes after a while. Good luck.

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