|Daisy celebrating New Years Day ...|
Please do not think your dog "mean" if it goes after and kills a small prey animal like a rabbit. In our case, the beagle was bred for the hunt. Also, instinct kicks in when faced with such an opportunity. Some dogs listen to that instinct more closely when it calls than others. Our previous dog, a German Shepherd mix had an agreement with the local rabbits. She would pretend to chase them and they would pretend to run away. It was an amiable agreement. Daisy, however, sees things differently.