I know, those of you who have posted over the years about squirrels and your dogs take it for granted.
But, my dogs have never seen a squirrel before.
So, observing them and their reactions is a First Time here at the home.
We've had many First Times in the past few weeks.
I had taken him out to poop on the leash since the fence still isn't finished.
He noticed a squirrel out in the front and hit the end of the leash on full alert. He didn't bark, but he really, really wanted that squirrel.
He also had to poop very badly, so he proceeded to position himself so he could see the squirrel at all times and proceeded on with his business while he was walking forward the same time, still in "poop crouch" mode.
I found it terribly funny and he was so intent upon the squirrel he didn't even mind my hysterical peals of laughter. The End
Terri
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Welcome to the south.
The squirrel alert/poop mode is standard. Your dog will even learn atomic fast evacuation, just in case a squirrel gets near enough for mass destruction.
Perry
Welcome to the south. The squirrel alert/poop mode is standard. Your dog will even learn atomic fast evacuation, just in case a squirrel gets near enough for mass destruction.

LOL!
As I suspected would happen, he's been at the back door, trying to convince me he has to go pee again, when I know all he really wants is another shot at that squirrel.
As fast and as silent as he is in hot pursuit mode, he just may have a chance at catching it.
Terri
Welcome to the south. The squirrel alert/poop mode is standard. ... in case a squirrel gets near enough for mass destruction.

LOL! As I suspected would happen, he's been at the back door, trying to convince me he has to go ... and as silent as he is in hot pursuit mode, he just may have a chance at catching it. Terri

I suspect that all squirrels must know the dog-words for "F*** You". How else to explain the universal hatred of dogs for squirrels, even if they've never seen one before?
EmilyS
Welcome to the south. The squirrel alert/poop mode is standard. ... in case a squirrel gets near enough for mass destruction.

LOL! As I suspected would happen, he's been at the back door, trying to convince me he has to go ... and as silent as he is in hot pursuit mode, he just may have a chance at catching it. Terri

If he catches it there is a great recipe for squirrel in the early 'Joy of Cooking' books.
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If he catches it there is a great recipe for squirrel in the early 'Joy of Cooking' books.

I doubt I'd want it after he got ahold of it.
Being a landshark rather than a retriever, it
would be pretty munched up.
Also, I doubt I'd want to eat squirrel.
I've eaten gator, froglegs, crawdads and raw
oysters so far in an attempt to keep an open
mind and try the local cuisine at least once,
but squirrel sounds about as appetizing to me
as nutria does.
Terri
I know, those of you who have posted over the years about squirrels and your dogs take it for granted. ... it terribly funny and he was so intent upon the squirrel he didn't even mind my hysterical peals of laughter.

This is really hilarious! My dogs love to chase squirrels, but never have come to close to catching one.
But Spock, a friend's 40 lb mixed breed, caught a squirrel while we were visiting their house. Spock came trotting gleefully into the house. We tried to intercept her at the dog door, but failed. She dropped the squirrel at her owner's feet. He didn't give the proper response (joyous admiriation, according to dog etiquette), and put on gloves and started to pick up the squirrel. Spock attacked his foot, and he used his foot to push her away. He didn't exactly kick her, but it was close. I quickly put her in a down-stay (to my amazement, she obeyed) and kept her there until friend had disposed of squirrel.
Was this a reasonable way of handling the situation? What would have been a better approach, both for friend (rather than kicking at her) and for me?

FurPaw

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.

To reply, unleash the dog.
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and put on gloves and started to
pick up the squirrel. Spock attacked his foot, and he used his foot to push her away. He didn't exactly ... handling the situation? What would have been a better approach, both for friend (rather than kicking at her) and forme?

I don't know. This squirrel thing is new to me and the dogs, remember? )
And Mojo didn't actually catch it. He just really wanted it. In the past when he's caught some contraband wild critters, I've either had to command him to drop it in my hand or pry it from his mouth. In all cases, he stops and lets me do it.

However, your friend was absolutely wise in putting on the gloves in handling the squirrel.
My brother got bit handling a baby squirrel when we were kids and had to go through the entire rabies shot series.

Terri
I don't know. This squirrel thing is new to me and the dogs, remember? Emotion: smile

Really? They don't have squirrels in Idaho? Who'd a thunk it? For some reason I really thought squirrels lived in all parts of US. Shows you what I know.
And Mojo didn't actually catch it. He just really wanted it.

I doubt he will but I know many a cat that has.
In the past when he's caught some contraband wild critters, I've either had to command him to drop it in ... bit handling a baby squirrel when we were kids and had to go through the entire rabies shot series. Terri

ICK! I am sorry to read this. I have heard horrible stories about the series of rabies shots of people.
Gwen
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