Observation About Dogs & Coyotes by Daren Sefcik

It is very useful for people to know that each coyote and each dog react individualistically towards the other — Daren’s dogs show two reactions. When coyotes approach a dog, they are probably being curious — assessing what is going on. It is best to scare them off as Daren does. That they approach from behind means they are being careful — this is their preferred method of approaching a dog, since the tail end of a dog doesn’t bite!!

I have seen the coyotes in “my” canyon for the last fifteen years or so while walking my dogs. Only the last couple of years with my new dog have I had any issues and really the issue is that he is nuts, crazy for chasing them. My older dogs never cared much, we would see them lounging in the sun and all was good between us. My new dog however is quite different. I have begun to be more curious about them and have started taking pictures the last year of the canyon and all of the wildlife in it. It is not a park but instead a protected watershed area and very few people frequent it, only a few dog owners and mountain bikers. It has year round water and a lot of bird/rodent activity. The coyotes are present everyday and while I am unsure how many actually live there, I have seen up to 5 at one time but usually it is only 1 or 2 and they will usually pop up behind us or on a hill just above us. I have never seen one approach us from the front. They have come as close as fifty feet or so, I usually have to yell to get them to go off, they seem attracted to my dog, not me. My dog is a big 100lb sheppard-husky mix.
On the nights or mornings when they start yipping and howling my dog will chime in with them. To me this is strange because he will not do it at any other time, not even when all of the other dogs in the neighborhood are howling, it is actually kinda cool to hear him. . . he thinks he is wolf. When I played the sound bites from your website he got up and got all antsy, looking up in the backyard for coyotes (sometimes they walk the small hill in our backyard). I have noticed in the last few months that one lone coyote will bark, bark, bark for awhile, and then many others start to join in and then they all start howling.

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