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Lurcher Crunching Rabbits

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My 18 month old bull x greyhound kelpie x greyhound is crunching the rabbits she catches, she crunched the two that bolted/she caught early on. She hasnt seen large amount of rabbits, a few here and there, was hoping it was something that would change as she got more experienced, not sure now..

 

Is there anything i can do to help stop this

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Mine does it regular but has on one occasion brought one live back to hand, the next one he crunched. I have just accepted that he is hard mouthed.

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My youngen shakes them to death..lol..loads of work to be done fro summer..

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My youngen shakes them to death..lol..loads of work to be done fro summer..

lol , bloody hell never had dog shake rabbit to death ,ok bite hard on them with one bite , most rabbits are marked a bit there bound to be,with a dog hitting them at 30 mile a hour , even with the softest mouth . my young dog brings all his rabbits back live, but most got few marks on them, that's it there dogs . the only other way 22 head shot for clean rabbit or net :yes:

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Guy int pub said he reckons a lot of dogs do it out of frustration, can be a case of the dog is small and struggles with a live kcking bunny in ots mouth while retreiving, can be down to lack of fitness again, after a good run the dog makes its own life easier by carrying a dead bunny rather than a struggling one. Old bitch of mine has killed a few bunnies in her days, and iv always put it down to lack of fitness or just sheer determination, after a missed strike she makes sure she don't miss again, usually resulting in a dead bunny. Id try up the work rate, or get dog retrieving a dead bunny, see how that goes

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My dog does the same ,he will bring rabbit back so far then crunch it ,he used to retrieve live to hand when he was younger ,I just learnt to live with it lol

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Some dogs are naturally hard mouthed from day 1 and dont change ive owned one.

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Honest question how do you get a dog retrieving if it won't take any interest unless its live quarry?

not really alot you can do , because all running dog types naturally want to chase+kill , the end result of bringing back not a natural thing bred in to them, like gundogs ,labs,etc. and more so if the lurcher very running way dog bred lot of sight hound in it. not saying they wont do it , but not in there mind set , like a lab is :yes: . m y dogs that have had collie in there make up, norm liked to play with a ball ,and would bring back when thrown for them. my bullxs weren't bothered with games like that, but would bring back rabbits back to me some live some not, my 1x gsd x grey the same regards games not botherd , but being honest he is my best retriever of all my lurchers,nearly always live and from long distances bring to you ,and hold the quarry in the air for you :thumbs: and yet he the only dog that ive not really trained to bring back, give him the odd dummy when a small pup, but that's it . b ut I give lots of stay +wait recall couple times a week, by doing that the dog comes to me with out thinking , disregard if anything was in it mouth, but as said don't do any retrieve training with him , try a lot of recall and try using a ball , how the dog bred .?

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As long as its catching. I wouldnt worry about crunching. As it gets older it might nt do it as much. But as said some are just hard mouthed

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Honest question how do you get a dog retrieving if it won't take any interest unless its live quarry?

not really alot you can do , because all running dog types naturally want to chase+kill , the end result of bringing back not a natural thing bred in to them, like gundogs ,labs,etc. and more so if the lurcher very running way dog bred lot of sight hound in it. not saying they wont do it , but not in there mind set , like a lab is :yes: . m y dogs that have had collie in there make up, norm liked to play with a ball ,and would bring back when thrown for them. my bullxs weren't bothered with games like that, but would bring back rabbits back to me some live some not, my 1x gsd x grey the same regards games not botherd , but being honest he is my best retriever of all my lurchers,nearly always live and from long distances bring to you ,and hold the quarry in the air for you :thumbs: and yet he the only dog that ive not really trained to bring back, give him the odd dummy when a small pup, but that's it . b ut I give lots of stay +wait recall couple times a week, by doing that the dog comes to me with out thinking , disregard if anything was in it mouth, but as said don't do any retrieve training with him , try a lot of recall and try using a ball , how the dog bred .?

Hi he is saluki whippet bull greyhound, he does everything I ask of him just when he was a pup and still now he has no interest in dummys, balls etc doesn't want to play games all he wants to do is Chase.

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