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Watch: Snake Vs. Two Sausage Dogs

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In this scene from an ordinary backyard, two chunky sausage dogs engage in a risky game with a snake. The dogs attack the reptile, tossing it around and, at times, even playing tug-of-war with it.

It remains uncertain whether the snake was alive to begin with or if the two pets found it already dead. Either way, the outcome could’ve been quite severe – it’s always difficult to know for sure if a snake is venomous or not.

Do Sausage Dogs Have a Hunting Instinct?

Sausage dogs, or Dachshunds, were originally bred for hunting small game such as badgers, reflecting a strong inherent hunting instinct. Their elongated bodies and keen sense of smell make them adept at navigating through tight spaces to flush out prey.

This historical background may explain the dogs’ behavior in the video. Even though these doggos are probably just ordinary pets, their natural propensity to engage with perceived prey remains.

What To Do If You Spot Your Dogs with a Snake

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Encountering your dogs in a standoff with a snake can be alarming – whether the snake is already dead or not. If the snake is still alive, immediately call your dog away safely without startling the snake into a defensive attack.

Afterward, inspect your dogs for any injuries or signs of snake bites, and consult a veterinarian immediately if any are found.

Snakes Vs. Dogs: A Snake’s Strengths

Snakes, depending on their species, may possess venomous bites or constricting abilities, offering them a potent defense and attack mechanism. Their agility and ability to blend into the surroundings provide a strategic advantage in ambush scenarios.

Snakes Vs. Dogs: A (Sausage) Dog’s Strengths

Conversely, dogs, particularly those with a hunting lineage like sausage dogs, bring to the fray keen senses, agility, and a persistent drive to chase and confront their perceived prey. These instinctual behaviors equip them to engage with snakes, albeit with significant risks.

Snakes Vs. Dogs: Their Respective Weaknesses

Snakes, particularly non-venomous ones, may lack the physical prowess to fend off larger, more agile adversaries like dogs. Their reliance on stealth and surprise can be compromised in open confrontations.

Dogs, despite their bravery and hunting instincts, are generally unprepared for the specialized defense mechanisms of snakes, such as venom, and may suffer serious injuries or worse as a result. Their natural curiosity and boldness can inadvertently place them in a life-threatening situation.

Snake Vs. Sausage Dogs: Conclusion

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Dogs have a tendency to sniff out all sorts of things to play with, but a snake isn’t usually one of them. One of the most important jobs of dog parents is to keep them away from unsuitable playthings, as their natural curiosity can pose a real danger to them.

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