With their habitats and food sources shrinking, coyotes are venturing closer to our neighborhoods and homes than we’d like. Not only do they prey on livestock such as chickens and lambs, but our cats and dogs can make an easy meal for these canine natives as well. Here are some ways you can protect your dog from coyote attacks, both at home and while you’re out enjoying nature.
After losing their own small dog to a coyote, one family vowed to help reduce the chance of a similar tragedy happening to someone else. Coyote vests are made for small dogs and have a Kevlar neck collar armed with 1-inch spikes and spikes down the back, making it hard for coyotes to get a bite. If you have a small dog, these vests may provide good protection in coyote country.
Nite Guard Solar Lights — An Ideal Defense
Traditional motion sensor lights are a common coyote-busting approach, but good-quality products can be hard to find, and they usually rely on a mains electricity supply. If you don’t have blackout curtains, they can also be bright enough to disrupt your sleep. If they switch on a lot overnight, they can turn from a helpful aid into a source of anxiety.
Nite Guard Solar lights are a clever alternative solution. They’re solar powered, so you can put them anywhere, and they’re bright enough to frighten coyotes without interrupting your well-earned rest. They basically mimic a larger predator by flashing red all night long. Coyotes respond with a fight or flight impulse because they mistake Nite Guard Solar lights for a physical threat, and they run away.
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Family Saves Chihuahua From Coyote’s Jaws
As humans spread into coyote habitats with their pets more and more, the odds of encounters between dogs and coyotes skyrocket.
These encounters can be deadly, especially for small dogs who make for easy prey. Humans are good sources of garbage and food, which can attract coyotes, too.
February is mating season, and from April to August, coyotes begin to have their puppies. They hunt more actively to provide for their young, and they also become more defensive of their territory.
Attacks may be more likely during that time, but in winter when resources are scare, coyotes can also grow desperate for food and move into human domains, which can cause more incidents with dogs.
It’s important to stay vigilant all year long and protect your dog from coyote attacks. Here are eight ways that you can reduce the risk of coyote attacks on your dog and protect your pup if you happen to see a coyote.
What other tips do you have for protecting dogs from coyote attacks? Have you ever encountered a coyote with your dog? Let us know in the comments below!