so Manu caught the gopher Lola was after yesterday. i should add that where i live, what we call gophers (pocket gophers, actually) are small things, about the size of a mouse. not the big guys you all have out east.

anyway, Manu seemed to think it was a great toy. he would pick it up, throw it in the air, pounce on it, then prance around the yard with it in his mouth.
i removed it from the yard today, and found it to be pretty much whole. he didn't seem interested in eating it, just tossing it around.

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

i wanted to be proud of him, i really did. but i keep thinking of Mo. and it kind of ruined it.
-kelly
hoping i haven't said anything to damage anyone's reputation.
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is this normal? do your dogs eat their prey? or just play with them?

They play with them. And then usually only as long as they play back. Once they don't move anymore, most of the fun is gone.
Although Spenser did carry his first rabbit kill around for quite a while after it was dead. He acted like he wanted to bury it someplace but wasn't sure.
But none of my dogs ever wanted to eat their kills. The game was the chase.
~~Judy
Spenser - Carbor Talk of the Town, NA
Sassy - Can CH Carbor Back Talk
do your dogs eat their prey?

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

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Since January 2001 the federal budget outlook for 2002-2011 has deteriorated by $8.8 trillion.
do your dogs eat their prey?

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

interesting. i wonder if the difference in behavior has to do with the breed. i mean, i can see how a Sibe would want to eat quickly and efficiently to fuel a long trip, since their main objective seems to be to run hard and long. whereas many pit bulls i've met think everything is a game or a toy, and having fun seems to be their number one priority.

-kelly
whereas many pit bulls i've met think everything is a game or a toy, and having fun seems to be their number one priority.

I think fun is nearly every dog's first priority, but they all have different notions about what "fun" means.
Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Since January 2001 the federal budget outlook for 2002-2011 has deteriorated by $8.8 trillion.
I think fun is nearly every dog's first priority, but they all have different notions about what "fun" means.

you're right, of course.
Lola thinks "fun" is rolling in the mud and making me chase her around for an hour with the hose. Manu thinks fun is having anything that Lola wants.

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

interesting. i wonder if the difference in behavior has to do with the breed. i mean, i can see how ... i've met think everything is a game or a toy, and having fun seems to be their number one priority.

I have a samoyed, whose purpose is similar to a sibes and he played with a bird twice long enough for me to retrieve the bird alive. I don't think he had intentions of eating it, or even knew it was food, but rather, felt it was a lovely stuffy that moved. However, many samoyeds I know snatch birds out of the air and consume them. It may just be that my dog is weird.
anyway, Manu seemed to think it was a great toy. he would pick it up,throw it in the air, pounce ... eating it, just tossing it around. is this normal? do your dogs eat their prey? or just play with them?

This is exactly the way Coda is as well. He will play with it (things he's caught include a squirrel, a bird, a mole no kidding, a mole, and a couple of field mice and/or shrews). I have never seen him eat anything that he's killed.
Bodhi is gross. He, as a baby, would horde the things that Little cat would kill (and she is gross, she would leave them in parts on the porch). He would run gleefully in the doggie door, mouse part in mouth, and hide it in his kennel. Blech, nasty.
He ate a couple of them, but I think only because I tried to take them away. Now he doesn't even give dead things on the porch/yard/sidewalk a sideways glance.
i wanted to be proud of him, i really did. but i keep thinking of Mo. and it kind of ruined it.

Kelly I'm sorry to hear about Mo kitty. I wanted to say something earlier,
but then things got sort of out of hand, and it just didn't seem right. I'm sorry.
Shelly & The Boys
do your dogs eat their prey?

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

Same with the Ibizans. It's a primitive breed thing.

Melissa S. Frye
Skyrocket cockers www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/
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