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is this normal? do your dogs eat their prey? or just play with them?

mine don't play with their prey, they catch, kill, and eat.

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They'll swallow it whole if they can. They eat it before it's dead. There's no "play" about it.

exactly! mine usually end up splitting their kill, then retire to their respective corners and eat the whole damned thing. there usually isn't even a tuft of hair left over.

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exactly! mine usually end up splitting their kill,

That's awfully congenial of them.

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That's awfully congenial of them.

not really. it's a byproduct of their team hunting style. i'll leave it at that.

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Don Marquis
is this normal? do your dogs eat their prey? or just play with them?

There is nothing playful about it when Khan goes hunting. He wants to kill, and it is quick and efficient - Grab, shake, dead furry critter. Then, he may try to bring it back to me (and possibly into the house), but generally tries to bury it, which is just fine by me. The only exception was the fox, which quite clearly wasn't prey.

Pan OTOH, doesn't have much by way of prey drive, and while she chases stuff, it's more because Khan does it than anything else. I think that if the prey were to stand up to her, she'd turn tail and run. Happened to a GR at the dog park, BTW. Zack attempted to chase a Groundhog. The groundhog wasn't cooperative, and chased him instead. Zack ran as fast as he could to get away from it. I am told that it was absolutely hilarious.
Suja
Although Spenser did carry his first rabbit kill around for quite awhile after it was dead.

HI how much is a "while", are you not worried that your dog could getsome kind of germ or disease from the dead animal?.

In Spenser's rabbit case, "a while" was probably ten minutes or so. Long enough for us to take pictures to send to his breeder. Then we took it away from him and swapped some treats.
No, I'm really not concerned about germs or disease. Having had hunting dogs for years, it has never been anything that we were worried about. If the animal seemed sick, then yeah. But the most likely bad thing he was going to get from that dead rabbit was a few fleas - some rabbits are totally infested. They will leave the rabbit as soon as it's dead. So the dog is a warm body to go to - but it's never been a problem.

My younger brother has a
6month min pincher, fast lil bugger and agile like no other, he actually chases and catches birds, he plays w ... is gone, then I grab the lil birdies and put them in a trashbag, and throw it in the trash.

As you say, once they're dead, the fun is over. We also dispose of the carcasses - if for no other reason than they don't then lie around and get rotten. If there were a sick acting bird in the yard, I'd find a way to eliminate it before the dog ever got to it.

~~Judy
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And then there's Pablo who's frankly horrified by raw meat in any form(our casual ventures into BARF did not go over well). Whenever we've comecrossed recently dead animals (say crossing a local road on the way to hiking trails) he's repulsed.

A recently dead animal isn't of much interest to most dogs. The schnauzers did raise the dead in our neighborhood last evening when they discovered a snake skin in the flowerbed - and there was just enough breeze to move it ever so slightly. And I confess, I did encourage them somewhat - we have an earthdog event coming up and I need them to BARK and ATTACK!

(Note to Sionnach - I think this is the difference between schnauzers and REAL terriers. There was a ten inch fence around the flowerbed and the schnauzers stayed outside it and barked. I shudder to think what a JRT would have done to my roses.)
But most dogs could care less. Our beagles would run a scent trail right to a freshly killed rabbit, sniff it and walk away. A friend's Aussie/BC mix is a great hunter/killer (although he doesn't eat it either). He recently encountered his first possum. Went charging over to the possum who immediately stiffened and fell over in the road. The dog sniffed him once and then went on his way. No movement, no interest.

But of course, as you say, Pablo is quite the gentleman. Perhaps if you had taken the roadkill home and cooked it for him?

~~Judy
Spenser - Carbor Talk of the Town, NA
Sassy - Can CH Carbor Back Talk
A recently dead animal isn't of much interest to most dogs.

Really?

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