my 10 month old female dobie killed 2 rabbits

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:o Hello everyone ive just joined this forum to get advice and hopefully get better of understanding my dog.  My dobie was left on her own for few hours while me and my girl headed to work, girl came back and my dog got the shed door open and killed her two rabbits which she had for 4years (o dear) and i didnt realise how much she loved them rabbits.  The 1st thing came into her head was geting rid of the dog, but no offence i want that dog for life, im too attached to her, never loved a dog as much as a dobie!.  The next day we still couldnt find the rabbits in the agrden and then that night she bought one in after she dug it up! and my girl flipped and wanted the dog out! but ive talked her round and going to take my dog training.  My girl thinks that the dog now might attack the two cats we have ,but the cats where there before the dog and the dog knows not to go near the cats unless they will claw her if she gets too close.  I keep telling her that the dog never really saw the rabbits while it was here and thought they were prey, she wont look at the dog now and im all for keeping her here i couldnt think of giving her to someone else!  she keepsgoing on and on saying once its tasted blood it will do it again! i think it was instinct and the dog is still a pup , not even a year old, can anyone help, shes a member of a rabbit forum thing and theyre basically all there for the rabbit and saying no one should have a dobie etc which i think is wrong!

well thanks for taking the time to read this and i hope i can get a couple of replies!

thank you

Laurence- uk

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Hi Laurence
I'm really sorry to hear about the rabbits...that must have been devasting for you and your girl.
I may be wrong here but I dont think your dog was in prey drive...all our dogs tend to love fluffy and squeaky toys and even the one i bought for mine at the community market this morning is already in a million pieces. Altough Q proudly carried it around the whole of the market making everybody laugh and got his picture taken by the local rag :)
I imagine that your dog must have known the bunnies were in the shed by 'scent alone' and the fact she was generally barred from the shed would have made her more curious about them. Its a shame that she got in, but the fault lies in the door not being locked and that your pup was left alone in the garden. Im not sure about the taste for blood thing...someone else may have some better thoughts.
I would definately sign up for some obedience classes as dobies are very smart and love to learn new things. Its only when they are bored and left alone that they may sometimes get into trouble.
My pup will chase bunnies and hares in the dunes but will return at my call. Im hoping that the bunnies are way too fast for him to catch.
Hope your pup isnt too cold in the garden?, I rang my dad in the uk this morning and he said Britain was covered in a blanket of snow. bRrrrrr.
Goodluck and i hope that you continue to keep in touch.

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hey thanks very much for replying, no no snow as i live in northern ireland! also the dog wasnt left in the garden all day lol, we have a dog flap and she has her owwn bedroom and double bed but still tries to sleep with us! im spoilt or what! theres a trainer coming after xmas and were trying to stop her chasing the cats, she dosent hurt them just like to chase them but they give her a scratch on the nose and thats it!.  my girl is sorta soming to terms of whats happend and im gettin her two rabbits for xmas and introduce the tara to the bunnies so she knows their family! also i dont know if someone has said but can dobies get vewry protective of their owners around other dogs and people?

thanks :)

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Unfortunately, dogs are predators as are cats. Rabbits are prey as are birds. Cats hunt and kill birds, and if it is a pet bird in the house, the owner gets upset, but the cat is doing what comes naturally. Dogs chase cats because the cats run, they will chase anything that runs, it's nature. What many may say is the "taste of blood" is in fact a way of saying that animals will be true to their nature, and predators chase and hunt prey.

As to being protective, yes they are protective, but not overly so. If they perceive a threat they will try to protect. But, unless the threat is extreme, they will not necessarily become aggressive. Dobies have a unique ability to analyze and react appropriately to each different threat. Many times their simply barking and appearance is enough.

I have a friend who got one of my pups. He has three sons, and when they were teenagers, a neighbor friend had a large black German Shepard. Willie (the Dobe) took exception once when the GSD approched the middle boy (to whom he had become attached) and the GSD took exception to Willies actions and a dog fight ensued. Interestingly enough even though the GSD weighed a good bit more than the Dobie, he never laid a tooth on the Dobie. Finally, frustrated, the GSD stopped and so did the Dobie.

Anyone who has more than one Dobie can attest to their rough "play" and the fact that they work on their moves avoiding the other. Mine look like they are fighting (a 6 year old male and 1 year old female) and eary on the male would occasionally nick the female, but lately she has learned to avoid him.

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8)Spoilt? Hmmm maybe a tad...but i guess we all do to some extent.
In Cesar Millans book 'Be the Pack Leader' he tells of how he desensitised a dog to chickens. Its well worth a read.
Dobies don't really have a good rep here in NZ so i try to do my very best with Q to ensure that he is a good ambassador for the breed. Most of the time I am very proud of him :D
As to protectiveness....Rgreen once told me earlier in the year that my dog would be able to recognise every car engine that came along onto my property. He only jumped the childproof gate once to the postie when he called and has only ever barked the once to each of my friends that have turned up. Out walking he is generally friendly and curious but I know 'The Guardian' is in there somewhere. ;D
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