squirrels...dog training...rat poison...argh
My dog has been driving me bonkers with his squirrel obsession. We are in a pretty densely populated suburb with squirrels. They strip our fruit trees and they tease our dog. He is a good dog, but lately he's been barking at the squirrels.
I have managed to train him to avoid me when he's barking at squirrels because I'd haul him inside out of consideration for the neighbors. Oops. Obviously that needs correcting.
Any tips on training a dog to not bark while squirrel hunting? He finally got one today (I didn't think he ever would, but the rodent made a miscalculation) and I fear that will only encourage him now that he knows there is hope. I would actually like the squirrels to all be eaten or frightened away, but barking doesn't do that.
Is it even possible? Teach a dog to chase squirrels quietly?
As far as squirrel eating goes, I'm a little concerned about poisoned squirrels. I can't be the only one who is tempted! (I wouldn't of course--we've got a weirdly high raptor population here, plus housecats, plus those stomach poisons are so cruel.) People do put out rat poison and I don't know if squirrels get into that.
Can an 80 lb dog get a lethal dose of rat poison in a single squirrel?