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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-10-2008, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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When we first got Sissy I started practicing with her when we were outside that when I said "TREAT" she would come running - no matter what. She has always done it. We got put to the test on Friday night.

We have a 6 foot fence - Privacy across the front and split rail the rest.

Sissy went outside around 9:30 p.m. - I always watch Sissy at night - if it is too cold I stand at the door and watch. It is easier if I turn all the lights off then I can see outside better. At night, I always stay right where I can be attentive to her.

She was barking like crazy and she was behind our "barn" (outside building).
It was cold but I went out to see what she was barking at - she was jumping back and forth and barking - THEN I hear "hiss" "hiss" with an "aaahh and hiss" - I couldn't see what it was just eyes. I started yelling "treat" "treat" and calling Sis and we both ran to the house... she did it. I was so proud of her.

By the time my DH got out there with a flashlight it was gone. He said it was probably a racoon or possum.

At our old house, we had a collie mix and it trapped a racoon under our charcoal and I was trying to get the dog in and the racoon was hissing - sounded just like what I heard Friday night. We got the dog in and the racoon jumped up on our window sill and was looking in the window at us like - thanks.

Anyways, I know some of you are teaching the scoop method - which I wish I had taught Sissy - but I started out just calling "Treat". I am just so thankful that she came right away.

Be sure and teach your dog something for emergency.


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Wow that is scary, thankfully she came running!! Treat is a very important word in my guys vocab too-= if I yell it, they come running!! Glad she is ok.

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Very scary! I seriously dont know if I could call Dora off an animal, she goes into crazy hunting mode. I am glad it worked for you- good call on the special word!

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I keep treats in a small box and rattle it to call them to my side. The word "Treat" does the same thing. Lizzie was just 13 weeks old and gave us scare jumping a rather tall barrier and ran out the door. I rattled the treat box before she could cross the front lawn, she came running back into the house hearing the box. I now always carry the box when I go out with them.

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Scary - glad you are both OK. Yesterday I got up earlier than usual (it wasn't even light out ) and let the dogs outside. All of a sudden I heard this crazy barking by both of them and they were running around the yard. They must have seen something.


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My heart is beating fast just reading this...as someone that had a mother racoons and her 4 babies in my back yard last summer, I could relate with the fear of the situation. I did alot of research on raccoons and they mean and can be very aggressive, they were killing cats around here.

The raccoons have gone away for the winter, around here....not sure where they went.

I like your treat idea, I think I might start that one....though I am not sure Casper would come....he is not treat driven, Missy would come.

I read in a situation like that you should turn the hose on the raccoon or throw rocks at the raccoon. What we did last summer we had to come in before dark, when the raccoon came out, then I put Casper on a leash if he need to go out. It was a real drag....we couldn't sit out in the evening because of the stupid raccoons. They like my waterfall in my yard and the neighbors fruit trees.

I am so glad Sissygirl came in the house....and she is ok.
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I have often thought I might turn on the hose if something was in our yard - but in the winter time we unhook the hose.


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Good girl Sissy. That must have been scary Marie. I am glad it turned out the way it did.




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I find that one works the best for us as well .. Just yell Treat !!They do love their treats and they know the word ..
I cannot let the dogs out unsupervised - the coyotes can snatch them in a hearbeat .. I keep hearing horror stories this year as so many of the gated communities are killing their natural prey bunnies and the coyotes are just so hungry.
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Thanks, I really like that idea. I'm going to train my dog to react to the word treat too. I go in the backyard with them day or night because I am afraid of the racoons, coyotes, hawks, etc. Using the word treat can save them from many unwanted situations. Like if they got out in the front yard and ran into the street....
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