My dog recently killed a baby rabbit now she refuses to put it down, is this normal behavior? Is she sad she killed it? H?
- JojoLv 76 months ago
Its NORMAL behaviour and NO she is NOT sad she killed it. In fact its probably made her feel very good about it all. Hence why she wants to keep it for herself.
Rabbit Prey. All perfectly normal.
- Verulam 1Lv 76 months ago
I'd suggest, other than the fact she needs to learn about 'drop'/'leave', this is quite natural. She's now resource guarding - is all. How can she possibly be sad when she's done what she's hard-wired to do. Chase, catch, kill - and most likely eat. If you don't want her eating wild animals, keep her better confined - and be aware that wild animals often carry tapeworm so if she does eat it, she'll need to be checked for this, eventually. She does need to learn to leave, in case she gets hold of something dangerous.
- VeschengroLv 66 months ago
Yes it is perfectly normal behavior for my dogs also. And why would the dog be sad about it please do you think? As for rabbit he kills them daily when we are low enough for Rabbit though he is pictured with a Hare not a RabbitSource(s): Shepherd
- Karen LLv 76 months ago
Normal behaviour. She caught something, she wants to keep it. A wild dog would have eaten it. Your dog may not know that rabbits can be eaten, but there's enough left of the 'catch and eat' instinct for her not to want to give it up. No, she is not sad about it.