When family members come home, drop what you’re doing and run to greet them.
Let others know when they have invaded your territory.
Take naps. Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play every day.
Eat with gusto and concentration.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close, and nuzzle him or her gently.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
When you’re happy, dance and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you’re scolded, never pout. Run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
May 18 – 23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 4.7 million people are bitten each year. In about half of the cases serious enough to warrant medical attention, the victim is a child.
What can you do to prevent dog bites?
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Don’t pet a dog without permission.
- Report loose dogs to the proper authorities.
- Stand still if an unfamiliar dog approaches you. If you run, the dog will chase you and may knock you down. If the dog does knock you down, roll into a tight ball & put your hands over your ears.
- Avoid direct eye contact with dogs – they see it as an attempt to dominate them.
- If a dog tries to attack you, “feed” it something else – a book, an umbrella, or your jacket.
- Don’t disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. If the bite breaks the skin, seek medical attention. Report all dog bites to the health department or animal control office so the dog can be quarantined until the danger of your catching rabies has passed.
If you own a dog, have him/her neutered or spayed – hard to believe, but this actually reduces aggression. Take your dog to obedience classes and make sure he obeys your basic commands. Don’t chain your dog, if possible – this increases aggression. If your dog has bitten before or is aggressive, don’t let him be around people without a muzzle!
Working together, we can all reduce the risk of another child having to face life permanently scarred.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
Here are some more quotations about our best friends.
The Associated Press reports that newborn tiger triplets in eastern China are being nursed by a dog after their mother rejected them.
Officials at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World in Shandong province are calling the cubs “One,” “Two” and “Three.”
They have been nursed by a dog since they were rejected by their mother shortly after birth 10 days ago, said Paomaling manager Chen Yucai.
Continue reading Dog Nurses Tiger Triplets in China!
Keep these 5 “P’s” in mind as you approach the job of housetraining your puppy… you’ll wonder why it used to be such a challenge.
- Prediction: Learn to look for the signs… walking around with nose to the floor, just finished eating, just woke up, just finished playing, any other pattern you might notice.
- Place: Pick a place where you want puppy to go and always take him/her there
- Persistence: Do it regularly, without fail. Yes, it might be too hot, too cold, too windy, too wet, too early, too late… these are all LAME EXCUSES!
- Patience: Wait until puppy has done her/his stuff… it may take a while. Relax, breathe some fresh air… it’ll do you some good.
- Praise: When puppy has done her/his stuff, let puppy know s/he is the best puppy that ever lived… go a little crazy! Puppy won’t laugh at you for acting foolish, and it’ll really help puppy understand what you want. And remember, puppy’s great goal in life is to make you happy!
That’s it! 5 easy P’s! Prediction, Place, Persistence, Patience and Praise. And you’ll have a happy dog and a clean floor!
Are you really taking good care of your dog? Let’s not forget that they’re totally dependent on us for their food, shelter, health and well-being. We took them away from nature and made pets out of them, and in doing so, we let them forget how to survive on their own. Let’s never forget that a dog is like a little baby, needing us through their entire lives. Continue reading Best Friends
About 25 years ago there was a wonderful series on public TV called All Creatures Great and Small based on the experiences of James Harriot, a country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in 1930’s England… a thoroughly enjoyable series of anecdotes of his relationships with his co-workers and his clients, a proud lot of very poor, extremely hard working farmers. I don’t recall anything on TV in years that can match it for genuine warmth and its testimony to how magnificent human nature can be.
Let me share one little gem with you… Continue reading All’s Well that Ends Well