I recently did a Post on Ray’s reactions (lack of!) to two coyotes (link below):
It reminded me of his nonchalant behavior (just after he came to live with us) when confronted with two large oncoming and leashed German Shepherds. At that time, he had his nose to the ground and appeared to be so totally pre-occupied that he did not even know that they existed. One of our shelter trainers explained that he would have known exactly where they were, but was being very careful to avoid doing anything that could be considered confrontational. He was simply projecting an aura of “I am busy here and no threat to you guys.”
His reaction to the coyotes was a little different in that he just kept on with his walk and, like the two Shepherds, he showed no signs that he had seen them. Coyotes are unlikely to be aggressive to a dog accompanied by two humans, and even his size could well be a deterrent (unless they are with a pack), and so perhaps Ray’s earlier life as a stray taught him that two coyotes are of no concern?
When I came back from Vancouver two weeks ago, Carol showed me the following pic taken while out walking with Ray:
Again, Ray apparently showed no signs that he had seen the fox but, with his sense of smell, I am sure that he knew it was there. It is really interesting because he will take off “like a rocket” to chase a cat, and to a lesser degree to chase a squirrel. He will usually be quite receptive to meeting approaching dogs but, for some reason, he totally ignores foxes and coyotes. Oh to be able to read his mind!