Dogs are apex predators. That means, they sit on top of the food chain and don’t have natural enemies for whom they are a primary food source. Dogs are the hunters, not the hunted. As such, it is entirely normal for a dog to chase and kill smaller animals.
With the arrival of spring, we love to be outdoors and take our pets with us to explore and enjoy the beauties of nature. Trails and parks abound in Southern California and offer a wide array of different habitats, from low deserts to high Alpine forests.
We are really unfair to our dogs in many ways. We often don’t respect them or treat them fairly. We don’t teach them well enough to understand a command but expect them to master it regardless. We even get mad at them when they don’t get it. How is that fair?
I highly recommend you consider rattlesnake avoidance training for your dog as it can save its life. As you will read below, rattlesnake vaccines have many limits and risks, and don't provide protection like other types of vaccines; they just buy you some additional time.
I love hiking and especially enjoy bringing my dogs along. My hikes usually last anywhere from four to twelve hours and include significant elevation changes over distance in remote locations. During my excursions into the wild I learned a lot about hiking from an experienced friend; who is my regular hiking partner, but also made my own observations regarding human and canine needs on the trails. My regular hiking companion Sylvester...more