I've come across some predators over the years, just because I prefer to let my pups run in the desert or mountains as opposed to just taking them around the neighborhood. May not be the brightest idea to have boys off their leashes, but I like to give them the opportunity to burn off as much energy as possible while were out, even if they do have a decent backyard to play.
Over the years we've been surprised by gila monsters, rattlers, wolves, coyotes, and a mountain lion. Must say this morning is the most scared I've been when it comes to my buddies. Had a pack of coyotes try to lure two of my dogs, guess I'm almost lucky that the third one is blind and has to be on a leash at all times when we're walking, because I'm his seeing eye guy.
First thought when I saw the one was Crap, that coyote is bigger than either dog. Then there was two, then there was 4. Every time I got my dogs to turn around and start back to me, the coyotes would start coming back to try and drive them back to their way. Finally get my dogs back and one starts barking just like a dog and the others all start spreading out. I say this was to lure them back again, because my dogs were trying. I read though that coyotes do this to alert the others of danger, as a warning, really doesn't seem that way then since I got my dogs away from them a couple times and it was the coyotes that came back at us. I think they do it to lure them off to kill them.
Not sure what the answer is to make dogs listen when there is danger and not chase. Obedience school? Shock collars? What's the answer?
What do you guys do to protect your four legged friends when you come across danger out hiking/walking? Also what type of predators have you come across when your out?