Coyote Alert: Avoid Walking Pets Under 10 Pounds at Dusk and Dawn
Coyotes are a danger to dogs being walked
Coyotes are moving from hunting and killing feral cats to small dogs. The Trapper Guy of Tampa Bay states that he is receiving a call a month to come to the New Tampa area to trap coyotes that have grabbed, killed and eaten small dogs. Common facts to the incidents are walking the dog at dusk or dawn and more importantly using a retractable leash. Apparently using a retractable leash is the same as using your dog for fishing bait, except the coyote is the fish. If your dog is attacked survival is highly unlikely. Courteous Canine, Inc. advocates against the use of retractable leashes (they cause rope burns and make controlling your dog difficult) but now there is another reason not to use them they could be a factor in causing the death of your pet. Courteous Canine, Inc. also recommends that small dogs not be left outside unsupervised and that dusk and dawn potty times be on leash only.
Happy SAFE walking, The Staff of Courteous Canine, Inc.
Courteous Canine, Inc. offers in home pet care, dog training and boarding in the Tampa, FL area. Contact us at www.CourteousCanine.com