Some Dogs Can Sense Coyote’s Presence in an Area

Peeking out of a hiding spot after an alerted dog passed. The dog did not find the coyote.

Several people have told me that their dogs can sense when a coyote is around, even though they had not seen or heard it. Some dog’s smelling is far more acute than others. So, even though most dogs are oblivious, a few dogs will begin acting differently the minute they sense a coyote.

How do the dogs react? They become more alert and ¬†uneasy: a heightened awareness and a stronger interest in their surroundings. They’ll begin sniffing for clues and looking about for any signs that might tell them where the coyote is. Finally, the dog may spot the coyote and give chase, or, as I’ve seen with one small dog, it may hug against its owner’s leg for protection! Some dogs think coyotes are like squirrels — objects to be chased. Some dogs think it is their duty to drive a coyote away. And some dogs actually would like to play. Best to keep your dog close and leashed in a coyote area.

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  1. dsefcik
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 04:23:15

    As I have noted before, my dog is extremely aware of coyotes. I know instantly when he senses coyotes in the canyon next to our house. His nose either goes straight into the air and he begins to smell furiously or his nose digs deep into the ground and he begins a fast pace to find what he smells…it is always a coyote. There is a distinct difference when he smells a rabbit, a squirrel or a coyote, I have learned the difference and when it is a coyote his reaction is very strong and very different, we will usually have a visual confirmation when his reactions are that strong. My dog’s interest seems almost more playful than anything else but that is his natural behavior.

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