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    Dog killed kitten

    My 12 year old dog killed my 3.5 month old kitten tonight. The dog was given a small treat, just like he had been given hundreds of times before, and the poor kitten walked near him. I only saw the attack out of the corner of my eye but it looked like he snapped at the kitten causing severe trauma to the kittens head. It's not the first time he has snapped at a cat or dog over a treat or toy but this time the consequences were the most extreme. He hasn't been displaying any signs of health problems so I don't know what could have caused this to happen. I'm absolutely heartbroken over the kittens death and can't even look at the dog right now, who buy the way, didn't even eat the treat he killed the kitten over. What should I do?

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    Oh dear, so sorry to hear this.

    Do not blame yourself, and do not blame the dog. I am sure it was not intentional. But because resource guarding can be a serious issue, you may want to search the "nothing in life is free" dog training regimen.

    Basically, no free feeding, you eat before the dog, and the dog has to wait until it is given food or anything else. It's annoying at first, but can help train the dog out of this behavior.

    Rest in peace little kitten.
    I've Been Frosted

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