From January 15th to March 15th, coyotes from Canada to Mexico go through their mating cycle. While coyotes can be a year round concern, they become more territorial and aggressive during mating season. Coyotes can jump fences and have no respect for human territory. Smaller breeds such as Yorkies are more susceptible to being attacked.
Many of you might be thinking - hey, I live in a city, there's no wildlife here, so this coyote issue doesn't apply to me. Unfortunately, things are changing. in 2014 woman was attacked by a coyote walking her dog in Rockland County, New York.
A friend of Dogsized also lost their dog to a coyote when she was walking in her gated community with both her child and her dog when the coyote attacked and took their dog. We've also heard about celebrities (e.g. Jessica Simpson and Ozzy Osbourne) that have lost their dogs to coyotes.
Attacks are on the rise in urban areas. In 2015, within two weeks, there were 6 sightings of coyotes in NYC!
What can you do to keep your dogs safe?
Top priority is awareness. As scavengers, coyotes are looking for food. They hunt most actively at night and they will raid your garbage. They emerge from their dens in the early evening to begin their hunt for food and return in the early morning.
Coyotes are opportunists, so it's important to take cautions not to give them an opportunity. For example:
Keep small dogs and other pets indoors from dusk until dawn.
Feed your pets indoors or if you feed them outdoors do so during the day and never leave pet food out at night.
Make sure trash is not left outside in bags and that all trash cans have secure lids with locking mechanisms. Secure the cans to a fence or wall with rope or elastic cord so the trash cannot be tipped over.
Install motion sensitive lights in your back yard and around your house
Remove your bird feeders and outdoor pet food containers – coyotes will prey upon the small mammals that are attracted to them.
Remember - coyotes can jump fences and walls. They are also good diggers and will dig under fences. So even if you have a tall fence around your backyard might not keep your dog safe outside. You need to take steps to make your fence "coyote proof"
We're not anti-coyote, but want to inform you that this really is an issue. Don't think that because you and your dog are in an urban environment that you're safe. Definitely be more aware during January - March, especially at night. More questions? Check out these FAQs.
Hi, I am Tiger!
Get insights, tips, and tools on the best dog supplies, dog accessories, treats, or training curated by our Chief Dogsized Influencer, Tiger. Stay in the know and instantly get connected to some of the best products and services for any sized dog from puppy, small breed, medium sized dog, to large breed dog.
Submit Your Products
To submit products for consideration, please use the Contact Us mailing address. Note, reviews are at our discretion and products can not be returned.
Want to increase your profile and influence in the dog community? Email us to share how you can contribute as a writer or learn more about our Ambassador Program.
There is something special about medium breeds that most people cannot ignore. After all, when comparing dog sizes, they are usually more physically active than small pooches. They are also more portable than big dogs. In this respect, we have some popular suggestions for you if you are open to adopting one!
Dogs that stay small are adorable, easy to carry and don’t eat much. This means they are easier to take care of, even on a budget! The thing about them is that they don’t always have a good reputation, primarily due to certain misinformed stereotypes. Chances are, you may also be having some of these misgivings.
Crate training is crucial because it ensures that your dog ends up with a good sense of security and comfort when you bring home one of these crates. They have to feel comfortable enough to enter the crate without feeling scared or forced.
Small dogs are adorable, cuddly, and they suit any home or apartment. They make the best companions for kids too! So, if you find yourself trying to decide which dog to adopt, we’ve got a few ideas on which ones should be at the top of your list.