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Is is not normal for a Golden to kill cats and dogs. If this post if for real, you should expect a visit from animal control.


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I'm sorry. This is our fourth Golden and all have killed cats and rodents around the yard.


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I'm pretty sure it's a territorial thing with outside dogs. We had a female that was storm shy and came in the house occasionally. She would sleep with the cat when in the house, but when outside she would attack.


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Are your dogs outside dogs? That may be part of the issue. I think most here will agree that Goldens are not suited for the outside dog life and do best inside the house.
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I agree that Goldens should not be outside dogs. May I ask why he is? Especially knowing he kills animals you don't have him in a completely fenced yard.


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If I understand correctly, you are asking if it is normal for your outside dog, a golden retriever, 5 years old, to attack another dog, killing it, without provocation?
I don't think it is a territorial thing and I don't think it is normal. Although all of my dogs are indoor dogs, when I was growing up we, and all of the neighbors had outdoor dogs. Our dog, a golden retriever, was in a fenced kennel until he was about 5 years old. At that time we lived in NY and no one had their dogs in the house. When he was 5, we moved to Maine and he lived the life of a farm dog on 200 acres. He lived outside with the barn cats and the cows and chickens and never killed anything. He greeted everyone with a wag of his tail, and his wagging tongue. This type of behavior is what I consider normal for a golden retriever. I don't believe that indoor or outdoor makes a difference. It is the temperament of the dog that we are talking about and from my experience, I don't believe that this is normal behavior for a golden retriever. JMO.
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The man came into our yard with his dog. It would not have mattered if our driveway was fenced or not.




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I never questioned his temperament until this happened. He does (usually) greet people with a smile, tongue out, and tail wagging. My two year old grandson plays with him and as rough as he gets is a lick on the face. We had a rummage sale, people brought leashed dogs with them, and he was fine.


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We see a lot of dogs that are outside dogs come into the shelter with a history of cat chasing and even killing. I do believe that him being an outside dog has to do with his behaviour.

Would you consider allowing him to live inside with his human family?

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It is not 'normal' for any dog to viciously attack another dog,(or kill a cat) regardless of 'reason'. Since you have had four dogs that have killed cats (and now a dog) that have crossed the 'invisible' line into your yard, I suggest that you are dealing with frustration and aggression due to the underground fence. Dogs learn by association, whatever they are looking at is responsible for their pain/discomfort. The dog is in effect 'teased' or 'challenged' by the cat or dog wandering outside the fenceline, if it gets too close to the fence line (or crosses it) gets a shock, the shock is associated with the cat (or dog). If the dog knows to avoid he fence, just the frustration of seeing the dog or cat, and not being able to get to it, is frustrating for them. Over time that frustation builds (and the association is reinforced each time it happens) and when 'opportunity knocks' the dog takes his 'revenge'. Suggest you build a physical fence.
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