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Meeko is a 1 year old male native American...

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5 Jun 2021

Meeko is a 1 year old male native American Indian dog.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: He is extremely friendly with a great disposition
JA: When did the dog last see a vet? Is he taking any medications?
Customer: We have a place in the mountains and he chases and kill squirrel woodchuck and even had a run in with a few possums
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Meeko 1 year
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: He just had his one year checkup and shots
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5 Jun 2021

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5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Hi there, my name is ***** ***** I have 15 years of experience working both in clinic and with animal poison control where I studied animal poisonings.

I'm happy to help you decide if you need to get your pet into a clinic, or if you're able to manage an issue at home. Sometimes it takes me a bit of time to type out a longer response, please be patient!

What's been going on with Meeko?

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
He is killing wild animals
5 Jun 2021
Dog Specialist's response
5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

It's a natural drive for dogs to chase and kill smaller animals that run away. Have you had him in a basic puppy course yet to learn the basic commands like "heel", and "leave it/drop it"?

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
he is fine one on one but will not obey once he gets the sent
And it is a major issue to get it away from him
5 Jun 2021
Dog Specialist's response
5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Is the issue occurring mostly when he's off leash up in the mountains? Or do you have trouble controlling him on a leash as well?

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
He is great on the leash he does not pull.
It is not precieved by him as a negative usually
5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
He also stays close by off leash and returns on command as long as something else isn't occupying his attention
5 Jun 2021
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5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

So, you might start by re-training and going through the basic commands with some really high value treats while he is on leash in the areas where you usually let him out to run. This is stuff like bits of meat or anything that he finds exceptionally delicious.

The goal is to get him paying attention to your for commands, and getting him so focused on you, that he's ignoring other distracting like, running prey.

There's a great article on the "watch me" command here, and how to teach it:

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/watch-me-command-grab-dogs-attention/

Once you've trained him on how to pay immediate attention to you, you can throw in other commands like "leave it" or "heel".

It can be really hard to train a dog with resources online, so you might consider enlisting a behaviorist or trainer to come out and work with him one on one at home, because he needs to go through the training in the area where he's having the most trouble - such as out in the wilderness where there are a lot of prey animals running around.

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
Thank you
5 Jun 2021
Dog Specialist's response
5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

You're most welcome! Did you have any additional questions or concerns?

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
The only other issue is him jumping on others
He understands not to jump on me
But it doesn't work for my wife
She is around him much less
5 Jun 2021
Dog Specialist's response
5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

The same principle applies to jumping behavior. But in this case, your wife will need to be the one to train him. If she's not spending as much time with her, he may simply not be seeing her as an authority figure. She will have to actively take part in his training as consistently as you do in order for him to curb the bad behaviors with her as well as with yourself.

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
Got it
5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
Last question
Is there any risk of him going after a small child or baby they way he goes after varmints?
5 Jun 2021
Dog Specialist's response
5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sorry for the delay in response, I had to step away from my computer to go pick up my car.

Here's a link I meant to send you for the jumping behavior also:

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/stop-your-dog-jumping

It is always possible in any dog, that a small running child or someone's house cat could trigger their instincts to chase and hunt. If he's not in contact with small children very frequently, the first time he will see a bunch of running children, you will wan to keep him on a leash to see how he does.

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
Thanks
5 Jun 2021
Dog Specialist's response
5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

You're welcome! This chat will also stay open for a couple of days if you want to follow up with me at any point!

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
Great
5 Jun 2021
Dog Specialist's response
5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Have a good rest of your day!

5 Jun 2021
Customer reply
5 Jun 2021
You too!
5 Jun 2021
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5 Jun 2021
VTErin
VTErin

Thank you!

VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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