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by ThatWasClose on 27 February 2020 - 02:02

Brave skunk. It was back, this time traveling along the side road ditch. I could smell the skunk long before I saw it. I guess it was spraying as revenge for having been chased last time? It came out of the ditch & crossed the road. No idea why it did not use the culvert & remain out of sight.

Before the spraying incident, I usually threw the training dummy a bit every night while everyone did last potty call. Then it was bedtime. I seriously went back & forth tonight whether or not to go back to our normal routine. I surprised myself at how wishy washy I was at making up my mind. Thank goodness I decided we were still going to go out tethered one at a time.

No, I do not have food stuff out the skunk would be interested in.


by emoryg on 27 February 2020 - 07:02

I would definitely work on that rock solid recall. It is the most important command you can teach a dog. At any time, at any place and under any circumstance, when I call you back to the heel position, you need to be there before I take the next breath.

by ThatWasClose on 27 February 2020 - 13:02

Agreed, recall is important. Thus why I decided that is a major requirement for me in whatever NEW dog I get. It will be the first time (as grown adult) I have not trained a dog myself, but will purchase an adult dog.

In defense of my dog, there is home surveillance video of this entire incident which is literally less than 3 seconds. THE DOG DID RECALL. But the skunk had already sprayed. The dog could have easily pursued & dispatched the skunk.

So much for trying to post a FUN thread here. Reread the opening sentence of my OP.

by NatureDragon on 28 February 2020 - 10:02

Start at 11:25 or so in the video, this is exactly what I'm looking for in a new puppy, and who will keep a solid temperament and not get soft for all of his life.



by Rik on 28 February 2020 - 13:02

well, I was going to suggest that perhaps an "avoid the skunk" gene could be identified if someone would start a gofundme for the research.

could just call it the ATS gene. gotta start somewhere. I'm pretty sure it's present in all humans.

by ThatWasClose on 28 February 2020 - 14:02

@NatureDragon, nice little pup. Did you watch further videos of her & how she turned out as a protection dog?

@Rik, I think you you have a fabulous idea!   Millions of dog owners would surely help fund such an important project. :)

by ValK on 28 February 2020 - 19:02

no skunk involved, just well done obedience training.
i guess such level not really necessary for common dog owner. it just shows that with decent dog and willingness of handler to dedicate own time, everything can be acheived.


by Rik on 28 February 2020 - 22:02

well TWC, as the old saying goes "it's a tough crowd"

GSD folk are pretty serious.

anyway, your story made me laugh. glad I have not had that experience.


by GSCat on 29 February 2020 - 01:02

Maybe a gofundme for develping a skunk-colored/patterned GSD  ;-)

Saw a woman walking a pet skunk and everyone crossed to the other side of the street... no idea if it was a personal protection skunk (PPS3)  ;-)


by Hundmutter on 29 February 2020 - 02:02

Oh Oli, where's that 'like' button ?


GSCat - achingly funny.  x


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