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Dog Bite Prevention: 10 Tips For Keeping Children Safe

Any dog can bite!  Most dog bites to children are severe and happen during everyday activities.  One reason children are victims of dog bites is because they do not know how to treat dogs.  Teaching children appropriate interactions and boundaries with dogs significantly reduces the risk of being bitten.  Every responsible pet owner should teach their children dog bite prevention.

Dog Bite Prevention

 

Dog Bite Prevention:  10 Tips For Keeping Children Safe

1. Never leave young children unattended with a dog.   

The best thing you can do to prevent a dog bite is to closely supervise the interactions and activities between the child and dog.  Children, especially babies and toddlers, should never be alone with a dog.  Children can accidentally hurt or threaten a dog consequently causing the dog to bite.

2.  No hugs or kisses.   

Although children naturally want to show their love by giving a dog a hug or a kiss, dogs do not like these gestures. When a dog feels trapped and uncomfortable, a bite may result as a way to escape. Teach children that dogs like scratches on the back.  

3.  No pats on the head or reaching over the head.

Dogs become very nervous with movements over their heads. This can be threatening or scary.  Show children appropriate places to touch or pet the dog, such as on the back at the tail base or in back of the neck.

We can't stress enough the importance of teaching children HOW to show love to pets. ❤️Children naturally want to show love by hugging and kissing. It's our responsibility to teach them dogs don't like this and will try to get away or worse, bite. I've been showing my granddaughter the appropriate ways to love dogs! To show love, we give dogs scratches on the back or back of the neck and give them space. No pats on the head No hugsDon't kiss the dogGive dogs spaceDon't chase after themDo not take food or toys away from themDon't bother when they are eatingI would say Sasha has a new best friend

Posted by Best in Pet Services, LLC on Thursday, April 5, 2018

4.  Don’t pull ears, tail, muzzle, or paws.

Kids are very inquisitive of a dog’s ears, tail, mouth, and paws.   These areas however, may be sensitive to a dog. Most dogs do not like having these areas touch.  The probing and pulling of little hands on these sensitive areas most certainly will be uncomfortable to the dog which may cause the dog to snap or bite.  Show children to gently scratch a dog’s back instead. 

5.  Don’t corner or trap.

A threatened or trapped dog is more likely to bite.  Children must learn to give dogs space.  If a dog moves away or growls, it means leave them alone. 

6. Don’t bother pets who are sleeping.

Startling a dog while sleeping, can most definitely lead to a bite.  A child should never be allowed to wake a sleeping dog.  Teach them instead to allow the dog to sleep in peace and to wait for the dog to approach them before engaging in interaction and play.

7.  Don’t bother dogs when they are eating.

Children should never reach into a dog’s food bowl or try to take their dish while the dog is eating.  For some dogs this is not a problem,  Other dogs however, may bite or start resource guarding.  It’s not worth risking to know if your dog will be okay with it.  Avoid it all together.

8.  Don’t take food, toys, or valuable treats away from pet.

Taking something valuable away from a pet increases the likelihood of a child be bitten.  Children can easily understand this by explaining just like they don’t want someone taking their favorite toy while playing, dogs don’t like it either.

9.  Do not chase.

Chase seems like a very fun game for children and dogs, but chase can lead to overactive, stimulated dogs who while chasing start biting. Playing a more calm game such as hide and seek or fetch are better alternatives.

10.  Do not lean on or over a dog.

Leaning over or on a dog, is threatening or may even hurt the dog. Children should learn to walk around a dog and to leave a dog alone if resting.  It’s never okay for children to lean on, sit on, or lay on a dog.  

There are many great benefits of children safely growing up with dogs. Responsible pet owners will ensure their child’s safety by teaching them how to treat and love dogs.

Most dog bites can be prevented and the best way to do this is to teach our children dog bite prevention. 

 

 

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How to Find the Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

If you recently got a new puppy or changed jobs and are working longer hours, you may be looking to hire a dog walker.  In this article we will share tips on how to help you find the best dog walker in Beaver, PA.

Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

Tips to Find the Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

Ask friends or neighbors

One of the ways you can find the best dog walker in Beaver, PA is to ask those closest to you who they recommend.  Friends and neighbors will be very honest with you when it comes to their experiences. These are opinions and feedback you can count on as your friends and neighbors would not want to steer you wrong.

Get referrals from your veterinarian

Most veterinarians have professionals to refer.  Your veterinarian is a good source in asking about other professional pet care providers.  They want the best for your pets.   Sometimes your veterinarian will have staff who may also offer dog walking. Veterinarians are a great source for recommendations.

Search online for a local professional dog walker

If by chance your friends or veterinarian are not able to refer a dog walker, another option is to search online.  Be careful to seek out only professional dog walkers.  When you do a search for dog walker in Beaver, PA there are going to many dog walkers offering services.  Some are professionals and some are hobby dog walkers.

To find the best dog walker, however, you should always hire a professional. A professional dog walker is the best option because of the experience and knowledge they have.  Although your dog may be super easy to walk, there are often times unexpected events that occur while out walking that can be dangerous or threatening to your dog.  A professional dog walker will know how to handle these situations.

Also, when searching online you will most certainly see listed first, advertisements for Rover and Wag.  These are apps to make hiring a dog walker easy and convenient.  There are some professional pet sitters listed on these sites but be aware many are not.  Always do your homework.  

Before hiring, check out reviews and ratings to find the best dog walker

Reviews and ratings posted online are easy to find.  We recommend reviewing these before asking a dog walker to provide references.  Chances are the dog walker is only going to provide a positive, glowing reference so this may not be a true reflection of the dog walker.

A reputable, reliable dog walker will have several positive reviews.  The most popular ways to find dog walker reviews and ratings are on Google, Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp.  The best dog walker in Beaver, Pa does not necessarily have to have all 5 stars.  If there are 1-2 ratings less than 5 stars but all others are 5 stars, read each one and the dog walker’s response.  This will give you a good idea of the situation.  Sadly, there are times when a fake review appears, or reviews are filtered so make sure you look at them all. 

If you cannot find reviews and ratings on any of the above mentioned sites, do not hire the dog walker.  

Research the dog walker 

This is not too difficult but very important in finding the best dog walker.  When researching the dog walker there are certain criteria that is a must. 

Qualities for hiring the best dog walke

Look for these qualities for hiring the best dog walker

  • They are a professional dog walker.
  • The dog walker is insured.
  • How long have they been in business?  This is important.  If they have only been in business for a short time, they may not be the best choice.  Although they may be very good at what they are doing, they are not as well established as someone who has been in business for years.  Years of being in this business results in a more experienced and knowledgeable dog walker.
  • They provide a contract and explain the services that will be provided.  You know exactly what to expect and what you are paying for.
  • Do they have an excellent rating and positive reviews?

Because you are concerned with your dog being home too long during the day, you want to make it better for your dog by hiring a dog walker.  Hiring a dog walker will ease your guilt of leaving your dog for such long periods because when you hire the best dog walker in Beaver, PA, you are assured your dog and home are in the best care.

How can we help you with your dog walking needs?

Best in Pet Services offers several options to help with your dog walking needs.  We offer dog walking 5 days per week,  Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Based on your needs, you can schedule 1 day per week up to 5 days per week. Our dog walks range from 20 minutes to 60 minutes.  We also have availability for occasional walks that may be scheduled on an as needed basis.  For a more detailed list check out our  policies and rates.

We know there are many options to choose from when hiring a dog walker and it can seem overwhelming not knowing who to trust.  We are happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding hiring a dog walker in Beaver County.  Contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

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Secret To A Happy Dog

We love our dogs!  They provide so much love, happiness, and companionship but are our dogs happy?  There is one secret to a happy dog.

The Secret To A Happy Dog

Secret To A Happy Dog

Dogs need more than food, water, housing, and companionship to make them happy.  A content dog needs stimulation to thrive and shine. The secret to a happy dog is daily dog walks.

Daily dog walks provide mental and physical stimulation necessary for a dog’s wellbeing.  Dogs take in the world thru scent.  Being cooped up in the house with time outside confined to a back yard limits your dog’s life experiences resulting in an unhappy dog.

Experiencing new scents, sounds, and sights prevents boredom and unwanted destructive behaviors.  Dogs need a chance to just be dogs.  They need to sniff.  They need to release pent up energy. Daily dog walks will tire your dog out especially mentally.  We all know a tired dog is a good dog but also a happy dog.

Another way daily dog walks make for a happy dog is by creating a stronger bond between you and your dog.  Dogs are happiest when they get to do something fun with their owner.

One of the problems most dog owners face is not having enough time in the day.  There is work, errands, after school activities, household chores. Life demands make it difficult to find time to take our dog for a 20-30 minute walk.

Solutions

It is not necessary to keep to a rigid daily schedule to benefit your dog.  Some days you may only be able to fit in a quick walk around the block.  That’s ok.  It still gets your dog out.

Another option is to hire a daily dog walker.  This is a great option when you work extremely long hours or have things to do after work.  You can go about your day quilt free knowing your dog is getting a break during the day and doing something fun.

Daily dog walks are the secret to a happy dog.  They also keep your dog healthy.  Now lace up those shoes, leash up the dog and enjoy spending time with your best pal.

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Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

Spending a long day at home while you are away can be tough on your dog.  It can be lonely and boring, especially for an active, younger dog. If your dog is spending 8 plus hours a day, home alone, you may want to consider these top 5 reasons to hire a dog walker.

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

 

1.  Elimination

The most important reason to hire a dog walker is to allow your dog a break in the day to eliminate.  Spending hours without a potty break is quite uncomfortable for your dog.  Although some dogs can hold it for hours, it’s not healthy for your dog.  Try it and see if you can go all day without a break.  It is not pleasant.

2.  Exercise

Hiring a dog walker provides your dog with daily exercise.  If you are working long hours, chances are your dog is not getting enough exercise on a daily basis.  After a long day of work and household chores and errands, getting the dog out can be a difficult task.

3.  Mental Stimulation

Daily walks for your dog provide more than just exercise.  Daily walks allow your dog to explore the outside world through sight, scent, and sound.  This mental stimulation is necessary for your dog to lead a healthy, happy life.  Being inside all day or confined to a fenced in back yard doesn’t provide your dog with adequate stimulation which could result in unwanted behaviors such as chewing, digging, barking, or destroying furniture.

4.  Socialization

Hiring a dog walker helps your dog become more social.  Walks around the neighborhood provide and excellent way for your dog to see other dogs & cats as well as neighbors.  A social dog is much happier and better behaved.

5.  Convenience

Not only does hiring a dog walker provide you with peace of mind, it is also convenient.  Although you know your dog could use a lunch time break, it is often not feasible for you to rush home on your lunch break to let the dog out.  This rushes both you and your dog and is not enjoyable for either.

There may also be times when you have to work late or run errands after work. Having someone come every day will ease your mind knowing your dog will be taken care of.  Hiring a dog walker is a huge benefit to your dog but to you as well saving you time and relieving guilt.

 

Does your dog need a dog walker?

 

Best in Pet Services provides professional dog walking and pet sitting. Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule your dog walker or pet sitter.  Our service area includes Beaver, New Brighton, Monaca, Rochester, and Beaver Falls, and some surrounding areas.

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Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

We love our dogs so we shower them with hugs and kisses. The problem with our display of affection, however, is dogs don’t perceive these gestures as affectionate. There are absolutely some affectionate gestures dogs hate.

Affectionate Gestures Dogs hate

 

Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

 

Hugs

It’s really hard not to want to hug our dog. Humans show love by hugging. By hugging our dog we feel we are displaying our affection but dogs feel confined and stressed not loved.

Some dogs may tolerate a hug but that doesn’t mean he enjoys it.  Hugging makes dogs uncomfortable.  If you notice your dog’s ears flat and pinned back against his head, face turned, licking his lips, or yawning, it’s wise to back off. Your dog is letting you know he is uncomfortable being hugged. Don’t hug the dog!  

Kisses

Because our dogs lick us we assume they like kisses from us too.  Not necessarily!  Dogs do not like when anyone gets in their face.  It makes them extremely uncomfortable.  Dogs lick us for many reasons.  For dogs, licking is s a natural instinct.  Other reasons for dog licks are,  they like us, we taste good, they are seeking attention, or as a submissive gesture.  

Our kisses are quite different than a lick from a dog’s view. My little Chihuahua seems to adore kisses and even puts her face against mine for more. My Doberman and Boxer on the other hand are not fond of kisses.  Your dog will clearly let you know. If your dog is turning away from you, licking his lips, or even snapping, then listen to his signs. Don’t kiss your dog!

Pats on the head

So many times I witness people want to greet a dog with a pat on the head. Most dogs dislike this gesture.  It can be intimidating and fearful from a dog’s view having a hand move over his head. This is especially true if it is someone the dog does not know that well.  Would you like it if some stranger came up to you and started patting your head? Probably not!

Your dog wants affectionate pets but in the right places and times.  Try petting your dog on the chest, shoulders or back of the neck.  Favorite places for scratches is on the back near base of tail around neck. 

Treat your dog with love and respect.  Use appropriate gestures your dog will enjoy and avoid human affectionate gestures dogs hate.  Your dog will be so much happier and feel more loved.

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