Hawks, owls and other raptors (birds of prey) don’t know the difference between a pet dog and, say, a rabbit or a rat. To them, they’re all on the menu. Learn how to keep you dog out of their talons and safely on the ground.

While hawks and other raptor attacks on humans are quite rare, their attacks on pets—including dogs—are far more common. Sadly, most people learn this by losing a pet to one of these hunters from the sky.

My friend Dave lives in an upscale neighborhood nestled amongst a dense stand of mature Ponderosa pine trees. One late summer evening, Dave, his wife, Sushi (their eight-pound Pomeranian), and another couple took a walk in the woods. Chit-chatting as close friends do, they were absorbed in their conversation, making for an enjoyable evening.

From the corner of his eye, Dave saw a shape streaking toward them, and before he could react, Sushi let out a scream…

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