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Is anyone else's dog an anti?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by greyhound, Dec 13, 2003.

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  1. greyhound

    greyhound Member

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    Seriously. As you might tell by my name, I have a retired racer. He's a scaredy cat (!) in general, but if I ever rack a slide, uncase a rifle or shotgun, or even get out the cleaning kit, he's running for the closet.

    I guess he's pretty leftist in general as he expects to be fed and housed without doing any work!:D (sorry I couldn't resist).....

    I wonder if any of y'all have any funny stories about pups and firearms...
     
  2. chaim

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    No dogs, but one of my cats (she is now dead) was like that. If I'd dry fire or otherwise cause my guns to make any kind of sound she looked like she saw a ghost and would tear out of the room faster than I've ever seen her run. She would hide out somewhere (usually the basement) for as long as an hour afterwards. My surviving cat (who is usually far more skittish) isn't bothered by guns.
     
  3. Harry Tuttle

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    Our Britney Spaniels would go bonkers
    if a shotgun left the house
    and they were left behind
     
  4. greyhound

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    Sorry Chaim, kitties too. Sainted GF's cat once took a nap on top of a pile of shotgun parts so I doubt that kitty has a problem with guns!:D
     
  5. Pilgrim

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    I have a whippet bitch who looks at me sideways when I take a gun out of the cabinet, rack the action, etc.

    A few years ago I had another whippet who disappeared when I took guns out of the safe. I didn't know where he hid until one day I happened to see a tail sticking out from behind the clothes dryer.

    Pilgrim
     
  6. Navy joe

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    My cat runs in sheer terror, but that is probably from my habit of occasionally busting caps on my '58 New Army clone or checking firing pins with primed cases.
    My dad's Brittanys when they were around would nearly have a happy spasm when they saw a gun because they figured it was time to run a rabbit or chase birds.

    Like people, it is all in the upbringing. Maybe your dog just associates guns with loud noises or maybe it had worse experiences in the past. I've had former stray(how I get all my pets it seems) dogs get very cagey around guns, most likely from a life history of being shot at by less kind folks. Dad has one dog now that will take all three of his teeth to anyone in a uniform he sees. Auto parts guy, UPS man, cop, it doesn't matter. I can only figure that prior to him being rescued from certain death at the SPCA he had been horribly mistreated by a uniform wearing owner. Sweet old dog, first time we met I had to put my boot in his mouth to prevent him from chewing on anything important.
     
  7. Zedicus

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    my dog runs away like something ugly is chasin him if he sees one of my airsoft's or anything of simmalar size & color....:rolleyes:
     
  8. Pheonix

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    I took my Boxer (Pheonix) back into the woods behind my Mother-in-laws. Long story short...

    Fist shot, from my G26 I found the dog who was next to me 50 yards behind me and afraid of me. I told him everything was OK and let him snif the gun and calmed him down etc.

    Second shot, found the dog 4 1/2 hours later 4 miles up the road cowering behind somebodys barn.:rolleyes:

    He stays home now.
     
  9. geekWithA.45

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    My animals...

    a dog and a pile of cats, are pretty disinterested in the whole thing, until I haul out the hoppes. Then the dog just sorta wrinkles his nose, and moseys out to hangout with someone else.
     
  10. P12

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    My dog goes nuts with happiness.:D She always thinks she is fixin to go for a walk.
     
  11. Triad

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    Surely I'm not the only one who's propped a rifle in the corner only to have a puppy lift his leg and piss on it?:scrutiny:
     
  12. TallPine

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    Our oldest dog absolutely hates gunfire. I think it comes from all the July 4th fireworks from when we lived in town (no restrictions - lasts about 2 weeks).

    When I go out back of the house to plink, she jumps up on me with both feet to get me to stop. Kind of hard to get good groups that way :) so I have to shut her in the house.

    But this fall I shot a deer from the front deck, and she was in gut-heaven for two days. I think she might be starting to get the idea, now .... ;)
     
  13. HSMITH

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    I have one that can smell that I have been just handling guns and she goes nuts, as happy as happy can get. She is a hunting dog, Labrador, and a pretty good one. Guns to her mean fun and excitement. My other dog is a spaz, she does not like guns and will not stay in the room if you get one out. She is a border Collie and a housedog. She could be considered an anti I guess...
     
  14. telewinz

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    My beagle doesn't even like a gun pointed at him. On the 4th of July he hides in the basement terrified! Don't know the cause, we have had him since he was a pup and NEVER fired a shot within miles of him. Go figure.:confused:
     
  15. Okiecruffler

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    I've got a weiner dog who hides under the bed everytime I act like I have a gun. However I have a cat who helps me clean guns everytime I do it. I think she realizes that if she can just figure out how they work she can rule the house.
     
  16. Gewehr98

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    Have an 11 year-old weiner-spaniel...

    Missy hides under the bed during thunderstorms, New Years, 4th of July, and when I'm working the actions on autoloaders or racking a pump shotgun. Never figured out why, although we found her as a stray in North Highlands, CA. (Not a lot of thunderstorms there, but gunshots...) :D

    She's not big on vet visits, either.

    [​IMG]

    However, my 10-month old future hunting buddy and surrogate son, Bernie, has no problem helping me in my gun room or when I'm reloading. He's been known to snitch a can of WW748 from my reloading bench and play "keep away":

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Walosi

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    I inherited a well-trained Dobe, when my oldest got boredwith police work and went back into the army after a three-year hiatus. He was trained to track, and for patrol. If I picked up a gun, he came on "alert". If I aimed, he came to full attention. If this was indoors, with no target in sight, I got a "What the hell?" look from him, and some mumbling.

    The only other gunny dog was a Lab bitch who, like the others mentioned, went into spasms of joy when a long gun appeared - and she did this before she had ever been out of the yard on a leash, let alone on a hunt. Handguns meant nothing to her, even when fired. Long guns lit up her genes, somehow. I think all Labs must have some of this in their blood.
     
  18. BryanP

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    Bob the Big Dumb Dog is an anti. If he even sees me handle a gun he puts his tail between his legs and leaves the room. The cats are not afraid, but are either fascinated or indifferent. One has a bad habit of being a little too interested when it's cleaning time. :rolleyes:

    Dunno what Bob's history with guns may be. He's a stray mutt (Labrador / Dalmation / Pit Bull mix as best I can determine) a friend of mine rescued.
     
  19. Smoke

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    My oldest male is pretty indifferent. If I'm at the range shooting, he distances himsself from the noise and takes a nap. In the dove field he turns into a retriever. (a poor retreiver but he tries)

    Females head for the barn if they even see me carrying a gun. (Female dogs!)

    Smoke
     
  20. admar2

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    I've got a redbone coon hound (shelter dog) that is scared to death of loud noises. firearms, thunder, the UPS truck.

    he's still my baby though.
     
  21. QB

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    I have a "pro-gun" cat that helps clean my guns also. My Rot/Shep dog is an "anti" and keeps as far away as she can get. I believe my pets have an identity problem. Neither one of them realizes they are NOT human and the CAT runs herd over the dog and everyone else in the house....not afraid of anything or anyone!!!!!! :D

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  22. TheeBadOne

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    With all my black labs, never a lick of trouble. With my 1st German Shepard I didn't know what to expect. My Shep always seemed to eye me with great caution when I cleaned my guns or left the house with them (appeared to be afraid of them). I took my Shep to the Deer Shack and left the dog inside & shot .22 LR outside. Shep didn't care. I switched to .40 S&W and the Shep didn't care. Moved up to .44 Mag and the Shep didn't blink. Let the Shep out of the shack and dog stood like my shadow while I shot. Glad my Shep isn't afraid of guns (but, obviously is very alert to anything in it's environment). :cool:
     
  23. manwithoutahome

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    My dog, a terrior type thing, was "given" to me by my useless sister... she was afraid of guns but she is getting used to them.

    Now, My cat. When I first got her, she was a feral, about 4 years old, with all her teeth and claws (of which she still has). She and I bonded when she bit the crap out of me (and clawed) and I pointed a locked and loaded .22 rifle at her. We came to an understanding.

    Georgie doens't even blink an eye anymore when I get a gun out, and she is interested in helping to clean to boot.

    There, goes to show ya, cats are better then dogs :D.

    M
     

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    The dogs around my house are a little skittish when I clean something, but they equate spray cleaners with flea dip or antibiotic goops. Two of them aren't anywhere to be found soon after I start a shooting session, but the two Labs don't care much as long as they get their heads scratched between reloads.

    The cats tend to be very interested in any detail stripping and cleaning, to the point of being parts chasers/scatterers when I've got some complex thingie all laid out on newspapers on the bench. I don't take the cats shooting, but that's another story for another time.

    Regards,
    Rabbit.
     
  25. abaddon

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    My cousin trained her dog to play dead when they pretend shoot him. Pretty funny.

    Jeff
     
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