Post # 1
For the 3rd time this year, our dog has gotten a number of quills stuck in her face/mouth/nose. The first time there was only 5 or so and Darling Husband easily pulled them all out. The 2nd time was only 10 days ago and Darling Husband and I pulled out about 50 on our own at 1 in the morning, then he took her to the vet the next day and they pulled out a few more. This morning, after much more fighting then the last time, Darling Husband and his uncle and friend pulled out 30, again.
We’re getting at our wits end. One would think a dog would learn after the first time, definitely the 2nd, but apparently not. We’re not sure what to do. We could put her in the shop at night, but she’s had accidents in the past, so I’m not sure how keen Darling Husband is on it.
By the way, she is a farm dog and therefore strictly outdoors.
Anyone have experience with this? My family has had farm dogs (and currently), but we’ve never had to deal with having a porcupine population…
Post # 3
Probably your best bet is to try to control the porcupines, not the dog.
There’s a section here on “porcupine control”
and here’s another one:
Interestingly, a few of the articles I read said most dogs DO NOT learn from getting quilled, it only makes them more curious, or aggressive towards porcupines (and then more likely to get quilled again and again while attacking).
Post # 4
Reminds me of the dog Chance in Homeward Bound.:) No help though, but poor puppy!
Post # 5
@MissNoodles: Thanks for the info! Will definitely look into it! And very interesting about the dog not “learning”. Darling Husband and I were talking about it and figured that the dog “should” be smart enough to figure out that the scent and apperance of this creature equals pain… Guess not.
Post # 6
@CherryWaves: sounds like a prickly situation 😉 sorry, had to throw a pun out there