As an animal lover, there’s nothing more disgusting than finding dead animals around your home, and as an animal owner, there’s nothing more horrifying than coming home to find the dog you love with blood on its mouth and fresh kill in its teeth!
Why does my dog bring me dead animals? The short answer is that there’s no real reason why dogs do this.
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The Root Of The Behavior
Unfortunately, bringing home dead animals is pretty typical behavior. If you’re anything like me, though, you don’t want to think about your dog catching and eating rodents and coming home with presents for us to unwrap.
So, why does your dog bring you dead animals? I think there are several likely possibilities that should be considered when it comes to your dog’s nasty habit.
First of all, let’s consider some of her motivations. Dogs have been bred over thousands of years to perform certain tasks (e.g., hunting), so it makes sense that she would feel compelled to hunt even if we don’t encourage her or provide her with any prey items (i.e., toys).
Additionally, bringing in prey could be a way for your dog to get praise from you—which she loves! It’s also possible that your dog brings home small animals because she feels as though they need help. After all, many dogs were bred to rescue people; perhaps your pup feels as though these small creatures need rescuing too.
Whatever her motivation may be, though, it’s important to recognize that bringing dead animals into our homes can pose serious health risks for both humans and pets alike—so it’s crucial to nip this behavior in the bud before things escalate.
What Happens When You Criticize the Dog?
The way we talk to our dogs can be a powerful tool in getting them to behave properly. The problem is that many people use a kind of dominant language that can create fear in dogs rather than respect.
So, it’s important for all pet owners to think about how they communicate with their pets. Here are some tips for communicating with your dog in ways that support trust and respect.
A healthy relationship between you and your dog depends on both sides feeling respected. But there are times when you may feel like what you want isn’t being met—or worse, you aren’t being heard at all. When situations like these arise, it can be easy to get frustrated or upset.
You might even start using words that could have a negative impact on your relationship with your pup. Don’t let these phrases become part of an ongoing dialogue between you and your furry friend!
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How to Break Up this Bad Habit
Dogs tend to repeat behaviors that bring them pleasure. If your dog brings you dead animals, she might be rewarded in some way when she does so—or perhaps there’s a completely different explanation. Before you can figure out how to break up a habit like a dog bringing you dead animals, take a moment to consider why she might be doing it.
What is she getting out of it, and what can you do to change her behavior? In order to solve an issue like this, first, make sure you understand what’s causing it. You may also want to ask friends or family members if they have any insight into your pet’s strange behavior; after all, there are few things more satisfying than helping others with their problems!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself: How long has my dog been bringing me dead animals? Has anything changed recently that could explain her new habit? Have I praised her for bringing me dead animals before? Is there something I’m not seeing here?
Teaching Them Not to Kill Birds and Rabbits
Every dog owner has an opinion on stopping their dog from chasing after birds, rabbits, squirrels, and other small animals. Some people say you should use a shock collar to correct your pet.
Others say you should keep them locked up inside and deprive them of exercise. But what if these techniques were all wrong? What if you never taught your dog why they shouldn’t be killing other animals in the first place?
Is There Anything Else I Can Do?
In some cases, a dog may bring you a dead animal because they want to keep it. If your dog is fully house trained, they won’t take their toys outside. For these dogs, anything that’s on your property is up for grabs—including something as smelly and disgusting as a dead animal. If you find that you have one of these animals, encourage your dog to leave it alone by playing with them and rewarding them when they ignore it. You can also try putting a leash on your dog and walking them away from it. Remember to reward them if they walk away from it!
Though your dog may do things to you that make you cringe, he or she really loves you! Take a minute to think about how difficult it is for your dog to communicate—dogs can’t read, write, or speak.
Their only form of communication is physical. Your dog wants something from you; whether he or she is giving you their love in a furry way or trying to tell you something else, your pet will always be there for you!
You have to remember that dogs are different than humans, and they don’t know any better. So, if your dog brings you dead animals or pees on your rug, just smile and know that they mean well!