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Pitbulls Killing Things

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Although, i consider myself a good animal trainer, I am at a loss for this one. My two pit mixes won't stop killing small animals that wonder in my yard. I live in Georgia with an usual amount of rattlesnakes. I am afraid that they will get a hold of one one day and die before i realize they've been biten. I started to monitor them closely when they are outside but I cannot watch them 24/7. I crate them when I can't watch them but I wish that they could play nicely outside. It's not just snakes it's anything else that comes in my yard. I've found birds, lizards, frogs, squirrels, armadillos dead. I always tell them "No!" when I catch them but it doesn't get through to them. I know how to prevent it from happening but i don't know how to stop the behavior. Will they ever be able to play freely in the yard?
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its just prey drive, and unless you are there the second they start. you can get rid of the behavior while you are present, but it will never go away when you are gone. They do have rattle snake vaccines, or atleast up here in montana they do. Its not full proof, but it extends the time you have to get to a vet. The snake training they offer out here consists of when the dog gets near the snake they shock with a electronic collar on a very high level shock, so it basically teaches to dog to associate the snake with pain, in return they stay away you hope. I believe the dog knows the difference of when the collar is on their neck and when its off. Good luck and hope that helps a little
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