"Es steckt im Blut" (It's in their blood)
You CAN'T 'punish' them for killing a small critter. First, they won't understand what they did to upset you. And second, as everyone has said, they are dogs... and ALL dogs are intinctually capable of killing anything that could be considered 'prey'. I understand the incident is upsetting to you. We've had enough pet-kills over the past twenty-five years for me to be able to tell you it is ALWAYS upsetting for a sensitive person to see. I love to watch the little critters of all sorts that live in our area - I feed them, too (and I feel particularly guilty when the cats hunt at my feeder ). Our first dog once killed a woodchuck and then wouldn't let us take it away from her - she was so proud of her kill! <_< And we actually raised an orphaned baby squirrel a few years ago (Moe and Tally watched, practically DROOLING, whenever I fed little Nutkin! ) so I DO understand your feelings about the squirrel.This was so traumatic and what makes it worse is that they are SO ON FIRE now! Prancing around ...I can't stand it. I closed the doggie door for the night. No more playing. No treats.
What makes them do this??![/b]
Hey. That's nothing. Our Mountain Curr brought home a fawn she'd killed. It was still warm. It must have been only a few days old, as it still had it's umbilicle cord. I didn't have the heart to take it from her. It was rightfully hers. She deserved to enjoy it. I'm not squeeming about the dogs bringing things up, except when it's rotten, smelly and rittled with maggots. Those are the things that are difficult to get rid of. Because of the smell. WHOA!You CAN'T 'punish' them for killing a small critter. First, they won't understand what they did to upset Our first dog once killed a woodchuck and then wouldn't let us take it away from her - she was so proud of her kill![/b]