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Old 11-12-2007, 02:48 PM
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So my fiance is feeding his pet rats last night and Sarama is curled up on the floor nearby. That's when Coco, the oldest of the rats (she's nearly 3) decides to jump from the cage onto Mike's shoulder. She doesn't make it, hits the floor and Sarama, realizing that a much longed for snack is now within reach, leaps for Coco. Both Mike and I leap for Sarama as she sweeps Coco up in her mouth. Mike manages to get her away before any real harm is done. Way too close though. Way too close. Any suggestions for making Sarama a little less interested in live rodent snacks?
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:05 PM
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I'd say just lock her out of the room when you handle them, that's what I have to do with the cats when I'm doing stuff with the gerbils. I'm glad the rat is ok though, that happened with us once when the gerbil chewed through her critter trail. We see the cat chasing something down the hall, walk out and the gerbil is in his mouth luckily all was ok, then the gerbils got a tank. So yeah, I don't think you can turn off the prey drive, you may be able to command her to leave it though. I would just keep her out of the room when your doing stuff with them.
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:21 PM
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I desensitized my dog to our bird by leashing the dog to have some control, and then bringing the bird out for short periods, moving closer to the dog. The key was keeping the dog focused on me and/or a treat, and then rewarding him for actively ignoring the bird. I would never have the bird out and the dog out alone together...but with me in the room, the dog knows the bird is not for him! It takes awile..so if you do this, do it carefully and consistently.
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:55 PM
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Sorry , I don't like rats !!!
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:11 PM
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I would keep the dog in another room when ever the rats cage door is opened.
My son had a Gerbal, my dogs couldn't have cared less about it. But I warned Jeff that if the little fellow ever got out of the cage loose, that it would last 10 seconds.
One morning, I am in the kitchen, I hear a very brief scramble from the livingroom and figured that one of the dogs had stolen from another dog (all jrts).
When I walked into the livingroom, Petie is sitting there wagging his tail and looking between me and something at his feet. It was the Gerbal, very dead and not a mark on him.
The cage was unlocked and Willie didn't have a chance once he came out.
At least I know it was quick.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:28 PM
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I too would just keep them seperate. I think i got way to lucky with Blazes personality. He doesnt try to eat any of our pets in the house. The rabbit is free range and lives in the basment. The birs freely fly around the house. And not so much as a bat of a las from Blaze. Only time he chases the birds is when they try and chase him lol. i dont know if its a game they have but they chase each other around, he just follows them, doesnt try to kill. The rats we have he stays clear from as he has learned they chew on him lol and the turtle has snapped at him a few times when he is out walking arund int he basment (the turtle)
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:31 PM
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I'd probably just seperate, I actually lost a pet rabbit to the dogs when I was at school one day.
Buster's good when we're aroudn though, I was feeding Thistle (my rabbit) one day and she jumped out of her cage right in front off buster. I yelled "Buster OUT!" and went to catch her, lucky I think she was in shock and I caught her pretty easily, put her back in her hutch, turn around and Buster had left the room and was waiting outside.
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Old 11-13-2007, 07:13 AM
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Well, We were keeping them separate (not having them out at the same time) and now when we feed them we'll take Sarama out of the room. But its the kind of accident that Dekka was describing that worries me.
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:27 PM
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I had a pair of hamsters before... i actually posted a story about one of my dogs and the hamsters in http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1637 if you're interested.

I could leave the hamsters running around the room while Buff is there, I would even leave him alone with them and he wouldn't touch them. But i would leave them for just a little while like maybe 3-5 minutes not half a day or something.

I can't speak for everyone, maybe it depends on the dog. all i can say is that it's possible to train dogs not to hurt hamsters/ rats. What i did was let my dog see the hamsters, at first he would whine in frustration because i hold him back from them but after a while he gets it. I would let him smell them, but once he opens his mouth i pull him back and scolds him.
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:55 PM
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I think it depends on the dog and the breed.
Buster I'll just never trust with a small animal, I barely trust him with the cat and that took careful introduction. I only persisted because he'd lived safe with a cat his entire life.
His prey drive is to high to expect him not to want to chase little furries.
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