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Do Coyotes Make Good Pets?

There are several instances where many people want to be friendly and keep coyotes as pets. However, there have been incidences although rare where the animals have attacked humans. It is tough to domesticate the coyotes as dogs since they are wild animals. They have developed natural instincts to function wildly. In some few situations, people have successfully tamed the wild coyote.

However, the majority of these pets usually end up chained in the backyard. When kept in small confined spaces or in the house they will go nuts and start breaking everything. It is because they have wild needs and don’t have the right brains to be tamed. Although keeping one is difficult, if you need a coyote as a pet, there are several ways to achieve this:

The Easiest Way to Domesticate Coyotes
The best way to tame the animal is by starting the process when they are still young. The pup mostly ends up being receptive to humans even when they grow up. Another instance is when the animal mates with a dog. The puppy can be domesticated, which is easier than taming a wild coyote. The method applies when you already own a female dog.

Risks Involved
Having a coyote as a pet can be a bit more complicated than keeping a dog. Coyotes can spread diseases to dogs such as rabies. They are highly viscous animals even when you keep them as pets. For instance, a coyote can eat up your small pets such as cats or birds. Moreover, they can feed on your livestock such as chickens if not well fed.

If you have another big dog in the house, they are likely to stir up conflict. In most cases, the dog will end up losing the fight due to the aggressive wild nature of the coyote.

Coyote and Humans Never Agree
When domesticating, coyotes consider the apparent feud between man and beast. If you manage to woe the animal, it may take a long time before becoming receptive to other humans. They can be very aggressive to your friends, neighbors and family members.

Let's be frank it will be complicated to take your coyote pet for walks around the park like a regular dog. Most people also end up killing the animal when they confront them due to the long-lived conflict. If by any chance your pet gets lost it might be shot by gun-wielding and trigger-happy gun nuts.

All things said, it is very challenging to keep the animals as pets. Accordingly, let the coyotes live without humans meddling in their lives. There are various animals to keep as pets. If you need something different, coyotes are not an option. It is better to leave the animal in the wild for everyone’s safety.

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