Edmonton Off Leash Dog Walking Group Message Board › Keep Your Dogs Safe from Coyotes
There seems to be an increasing amount of stories about dogs being attacked by coyotes these days, and not just in rural areas. As humans have continued to develop land, coyotes have been forced into urban areas and are becoming less fearful of humans.
While they rarely bother humans, coyotes are a threat to domestic dogs, especially smaller breeds like Chihuahuas and toy varieties. Coyotes primarily feed on small rodents such as rabbits, but will definitely go after a small dog if given the chance.
Here are some tips on keeping your pet safe from coyotes:
Be particularly cautious during coyote mating season, which is January through March. During this time, coyotes travel long distances to find suitable mates and require extra calories to carry them on their journey. They then expend extra energy to build dens for pregnant females, who will need to stock up on additional meals. Studies show that coyotes are particularly aggressive during this time.
Keep an eye on your dog when outside. A small dog left unattended in a backyard is an easy target for a coyote. The best way to protect your dog is to go outside with it when you let it out. While a coyote will go after a dog, they tend to shy away from humans. If you come into contact with a coyote, it's suggested that you wave your arms, shout, and do anything you can to scare it away, such as spray it with a water hose.
As coyotes are moving into urban areas, attacks on domestic dogs are on the rise. 60% of recent coyotes attacks were on smaller breeds such as Yorkshire terriers, Shih Tzus and Jack Russells.
While tinier breeds are the preferred targets, coyotes have also been known to attack larger breeds, such as Labradors and German shepherds, especially if traveling in a pack. This past January, a pack of three coyotes went after a man's German shepherd puppy, beagle, and golden retriever. The pack chased the dogs through the woods, leapt over the owner's backyard fence, and even broke the glass on the door of the house trying to get at the dogs.
Keep your pets safe by taking the above precautions to avoid coming into contact with coyotes and other wildlife.