dog is licking our new rabbit! WTHeck?!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by frankenchick, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    We brought home Snowball, DD's Netherland Dwarf, on Sat. We introduced him to our 4 y/o Lab/Pit dog today, with DH holding him. Dog was wagging her tail like crazy and kept sniffing and licking the rabbit. Rabbit didn't seem to mind, but then he's only 6 mo. old and I don't know if he knows any better.

    Dog Pepper is a fanatic about chasing/killing rabbits. Has she figured out that this house bunny is different? He certainly doesn't look like the rabbits she usually chases. Or was she tasting him? [​IMG]
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
  3. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    Our boxers do the same thing to our house rabbit. They've never seen any other type of, I couldn't say if they are "tasting" it. I'd make sure to let them get to know each other supervised. I'd never leave them alone together just to be sure.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Some dogs like to play with their food before swallowing.
  5. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    My pit was the same way.Do NOT leave the rabbit alone with the dog under any circumstance.It only takes one bite. [​IMG]
  6. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Songster

    May 4, 2009
    I agree to not leave them alone unattended.

    BUT, it is possible that your dog has recognized your house rabbit as "YOURS" and off limits to them. But I'd still not risk it. Make sure the dog can't get to the rabbit if you're not around.

    I never ever have to worry about brooding in the house. My dogs have never touched my chicks in the house. But then again, they don't bother the chickens outside either. But rabbits and dogs are natural enemies. If you're able to teach your dog to leave what's yours alone, that's great. But some dogs don't get that. It depends on the dog.
  7. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    Funny you should ask that one, we have a Standard Poodle who will bark and bark at our rabbits who are in the low cages or if they are out in their playpen for a while. She is not aggressive toward them, it is more like a play bark. Then when she has the opportunity to get close enough, she licks them. I have also wondered if she is tasting or if she is licking but really wants to sink her teeth into them? I won't give her the chance though. However, we had one doe that got out and we didn't know it, the kids left her cage unlatched when doing chores. We heard the dog barking outside and went to investigate. She was barking at it, but was not after it, almost guardian like. I wish she would be that way with all the furry and feathered critters. I did see one of our Dark Cornish hens give her a chase today, probably in retaliation for the harassment she has been giving them since they came here.
  8. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Songster

    Aug 23, 2008
    When I was a kid our bunnies unexpectedly multiplied. A neighbor of ours already had a huge hutch so they took 5 of the babies. Their dogs licked them to death. We never let our bunnies out when the dogs were around.
  9. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I have two rabbits that I have given free run of my property. My dog who is kept on a long chain run durring the day is wild to eat them when she sees them out. When they are in the house visiting though she could care less. I still would not trust her though. All it would take is one fast movement on the rabbits part and her prey drive could kick in and bye bye bunny.
  10. deb1

    deb1 Songster

    Jun 26, 2008
    My beagle used to lick our cat so much that her ears were wet with slobber. The cat just purred.

    I think that in our case, there was some interspecies love going on. [​IMG]

    the cat would also get on the counter and knock food down to our beagle.

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