mbc1963 Posted November 3, 2008 Report Share Posted November 3, 2008 Last fall/winter (it was hard to tell them apart!), Buddy got all weird in one section of the park where we walk. He was slinking, tail down, sniffing madly, and acted really spooked. A few days later, my friend and I took both our dogs back to the same area, and they BOTH acted like that. A few minutes later we discovered a deer kill - apparently the dinner of a bunch of coyotes. Over the next few days, the corpse got smaller and smaller until it was a partial vertebra. A couple times since then, when Buddy was walking with me, he's gotten that really spooked, startled behavior. Happened on Saturday - if I touched him, he literally jumped. Very easily startled, looking over his shoulder, tail down. Sniffing like mad, hard to pull away. So, my question is, when coyotes are on the hunt, do they leave a scent behind that would signal to other canids they should STAY AWAY? Is there a hormone of excitement or agitation that they use to mark their hunting area? Or is my dog just reacting to what is clearly the smell of many, many wild canids all in one small area? Anyone with experience in this? I find it fascinating - but it spooks me seeing how spooked my dog gets! Thanks, Mary Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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