We do a lot of hiking in the woods and there are a lot of critters around. Out in there we have a strict “no harassing the wildlife” policy. We love to hike with Chester and Gretel but want to leave the nature as untouched as possible for others to enjoy and to ensure dogs continue to be allowed in the future.
However, I admit to having a little different view when it comes to the back yard and developed City parks.
There is a squirrel that likes to use our fence as a freeway between his favorite barn and his favorite tree. Chester and Gretel go nuts when they see him and we let them bark and scratch at the fence until we we think our neighbors have reached their limit.
The park we often walk in by our house is very manicured but has several old, mature, squirrel-laden trees in them. Usually when Chester and Gretel spot them we shuffle on by until they stop chirping in a high-pitched tone. Occasionally though, I let them indulge their instincts and chase (with me running after them because I don’t let them off leash) the squirrels and “tree” them.
I have only let Chester and Gretel do this once or twice. The other day in the park we could smell spring in the air and the dogs were feeling extra spunky. I let them “tree” the squirrel and then Gretel the athlete surprised me by actually climbing the tree like a cat after them! At one point she was about two feet up the tree (ok…it was not vertical). I managed to snap these pictures while laughing.
Does your dog like to chase beasties?