I cringe whenever I hear a well-intentioned person say, “I would never put my dog in a cage.” That statement comes not from a well-informed perspective, but rather from our having grown up going to zoos and seeing the animals behind bars, primarily to protect US from THEM. A crate is just the opposite… it’s main purpose is to protect the dog from us!
Continue reading Why a Crate for Your Dog?
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!
Those of you who are faithful readers will remember my friend Wendy’s dog Jake, who is taking her through the trials and tribulations of puppyhood. This time, Jake actually embarrased himself!
Continue reading Life with Jake III
- 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!