We have a coyote problem but we also have chickens. We see them typically in the spring when they're starving. This is a terrible story. Our dogs would try and attack the coyotes and it would end badly for our hounds.
In California, coyotes are entering through doggie doors and killing family dogs. In an interview with KCAL9 News, owner Scott Goodling from Buena Park explained that the coyotes were growing in numbers and becoming more brazen.
Goodling said a coyote came into the house through the doggie door and attacked one of his dogs. The other dog was carried away and killed. Goodling's dog attacked is in rough shape and this dog has survived not one but two attacks! During the interview included below, he explains this is an ongoing problem,
"What dog survives two coyote attacks?"
Here in SW Washington, we have to keep all the sliders and doggie doors closed at night as we have worse animals than coyotes but this is a great PSA for all of us!
In this area of California, they seem to be increasing in numbers.
There is a harness I've seen some dog owners using to protect their dogs from coyotes. It looks like it may work but I haven't tried it myself.
It's called the CoyoteVest.
The Kevlar, bulletproof vest fits snugly around the dog, complete with spikes and CoyoteWhiskers. The vest goes up around the neck to avoid the predator shaking the pet and the "whiskers" replicate porcupine spikes.
The coyote wouldn't dare attack the pet when it has bristles going up its nose and into its eyes. CoyoteVest guarantees it.
There are also numerous accessories you can buy for the vest, including the Coyote Zapper which sends an electrical shock down the vest when the coyote bites the dog and the Coyote Collar which is essentially a spiked collar.
Here's another option that I would consider for our dogs if this became an issue. The PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor, Automatic Dog and Cat Door looks awesome. The SmartDoor features programmable selective entry, exit, and auto-locking options. This clearly solves this issue if you're having a coyote problem.
Pet owners should be vigilant when it comes to protecting their dogs from coyotes. A pet door or doggy door is no longer safe! Can you imagine a coyote standing on your deck sticking their head through the door? Wild animals are opportunistic.
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