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Back To the Missing Deer…

Posted by Jennifer McCarthy on September 2, 2009 in Career, Dog & Wolf News / Issues, K-9 Ranch Training Center- Boulder, Colorado, Nature / Colorado, Speak! Archive, Training & Behavior Tips, Travel

Upon return, the cat may have moved it to a safer location but then everything else came in from coyotes to Magpies, foxes and ravens. Maybe even a bear had a go at it. Both Henry and Max played tug of war over a deer leg while Lola and Clide chewed on some vetibrae bones. Elvis always on the go, had better things to do. It fascinates me how so many things are similar between wolves and dogs yet some things are drastically different.
We hiked into the forest as I looked over the tree trunks for scratches or signs of fur but nothing. Once again, my eyes scanned the high rocks, trees and talll grass for signs of motion. I pay more attention to my animals for anything out of the ordinary more than I do signs of motion. The wolves tune into prey much quicker than the dogs do. Once the dogs realize the wolves hear something, then they tune into it. This alone has been fascinating.
My cats at home are also great alerters to any thing unusual which brings up an interesting point… Domestic cats are far more closer to their wild cousins in behavior than domestic dogs to wolves. The reason is simply that they haven’t been domesticated that long and can thrive on there own being feral after being pets. Dogs can’t do this. Dogs are so much more dependent on us. They look to us for not only food but decission making, advice, etc. That’s of course if they are a well behaved dog. A dog with dominance or aggression issues will usually take these matters into his own hands which is not good.
Human behavior is as important to look at as any other animal’s behavior as we influence them. From the roads we build to the stress in our own lives, animals are affected by us.
It’s also important to work with animals from a level to which they operate and are sensitive to- that being intuition or feeling. Never making a decission or judgement until you meet the dog, cat, horse or wolf. I’ve had to learn this the hard way. No matter how many books I read or videos I watch, it goes out the window on an initial encounter on how I’m going to solve a situation.
Why is it important to teach people about nature? Because people are spreading at a rate so fast outside of cities and beyond that we will be faced with the co-existance questions more and more down the road.

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