Are deer afraid of dogs?

Asked By: Lewis Flatley
Date created: Sat, May 8, 2021 9:42 PM
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Yes deer are afraid of dogs.

The deer may tolerate them to a point but in the end the deer will flee when it comes down to it.

The deer are "conditioned" to the "kennel" area.

More than likely the deer have not experienced many reasons to be afraid of that area.

Answered By: Edna Botsford
Date created: Sun, May 9, 2021 11:45 PM

Perhaps most importantly, their sense of smell is important for scent communication with other deer.

deer have seven glands that are used primarily for scent communication.

The nose of a whitetail deer has up to 297 million olfactory receptors, dogs have 220 million with humans limiting out with just five million.


Deer have a sense of smell that humans can barely even begin to imagine! Deer have up to 297 million olfactory (scent) receptors in their nose.

In comparison, dogs have 220 million and humans have just 5 million olfactory receptors.


Only the most badly wounded deer can be caught and the dogs then invariably bay it, rather than attack.

Since more often than not the deer escapes the standers on a drive, dog hunting often involves long hours of searching for wayward hounds.


In addition to generally being a nuisance by eating, trampling and defecating on landscaping and gardens, deer can also be dangerous to human beings and other domestic animals, particularly dogs.


Safe chewing!: Whole deer antlers for dogs are much less likely to chip or splinter than processed bones as the chewing grinds the antler chew down slowly.

Please use caution with aggressive chewers.


They become brittle and easily break into sharp shards that can do a lot of damage when they pass through the gastrointestinal tract.

Never feed your dog cooked bones.

But Dr. Becker still recommends that dogs should always be monitored when they are chewing on bones.

Venison is a good source of B vitamins and minerals such as zinc, phosphorous, and iron. It helps dogs maintain healthy energy levels and many dogs enjoy the taste. Pet foods containing venison are a good option for dogs who may have food sensitivities or allergies to other protein sources such as beef or chicken.
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