1. Keep leashed and outside the limits. I never unleash the poodles around livestock. Even if I know that 99.9% of the time they can be trusted not to run off or chase anything, it is always better safe than sorry. We stay leashed and on the outside of the fence.
2. Be aware of how the larger animal behaves around your dog. Do they appear anxious, threatened, or wary? If so, move on and don't needlessly stress them. A lot of larger animals communicate emotion using their ears (not unlike dogs). Ears pined back is a clear signal for unhappiness.
3. No barking. If I sense barking is imminent, or has already started, we move on. Barking is stressful for everyone in that situation and often a sign of frustration or over-excitement on the part of the dog.
I apply these same tips when we see deer. This is very common, as they often take up residence right outside the living room window. I allow the poodles to watch them, as long as they don't bark or display prey drive. Typically if barking starts the deer moves on anyway, but if not I redirect the poodles' energy with tricks or games and allow the deer to enjoy my grass, and flowers, and shrubs and...well, that's another problem altogether!
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