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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

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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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7 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is a time for fun festivities, decorations, parties, and most of all the costumes. Although this time is super fun, it is not always so for your pets.  Halloween can cause stress and anxiety for your pets.  These 7 Halloween pet safety tips  will keep your pets more comfortable and safe during the holiday.

7 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

 7 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

 

1.  Keep Pets Indoors

The best thing you can do for your pet is to keep them inside on Halloween.  Trick-or-treaters can be scary for your pet.  The costumes, strangers, and activity may be too much for your pet hence causing anxiety and fear.

During Halloween, there are some not so nice people out. Keep pets inside for their safety.  Black cats are especially at risk during this time.

2.  Proper ID

Pets can easily escape with the opening and closing of the door to trick-or-treaters. Be sure your pet is wearing proper indentification that is up to date.  This increases their chances of being returned home if they should happen to escape.

3.  Pet Costumes

Costumes can be confining and uncomfortable for pets which increases stress and anxiety.  When dressing up your pet for Halloween, try on the costume first.  Notice if your pet is acting uncomfortable or stressed, if so get rid of the costume.  A cute Halloween bandanna will be a better alternative.

For the pets who don’t mind being in costume, check the costume over carefully for any loose pieces such as string or buttons.  These could be a hazard to your pet. 

4.  Decorations

Chewing on wires or knocking over lit candles can cause serious injury to inquisitive pets.  To prevent your pet from being harmed or catching the house on fire, keep decorations far out of your pet’s reach.

5.  No Candy

Chocolate and candy containing Xylitol are extremely dangerous for pets which may cause severe illness or in some cases death.  Your pet can become ill from even a small sampling of a treat causing vomiting or diarrhea so it is best to avoid giving any candy to your pet.  Treat you pet instead to a filled Kong treat. 

6.  Block off Doors 

Blocking off doorways to the outdoors with a gate or securing pets in a back room will prevent an escape.  Pets can escape unnoticed when guests arrive and leave for a party or from the continuous stream of trick-or-treaters.

7.  Parties

Costume parties can be extremely frightening for a pet.  The masks and makeup hide a person’s face therefore making it difficult for pets to recognize familiar faces.  Lots of people in the home can cause pets to become overly excited or stressed.  Set your pet up in a nice quiet room with a treat so your pet feels more comfortable and safe.

 

 Follow these 7 Halloween pet safety tips to have  happy and safe Halloween.! 

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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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10 Must-Haves For Your New Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting!  You are full of anticipation to welcome your new addition into the family.  Before your puppy comes home it is important to prepare for your puppy’s arrival.

10 Must-Haves For Your New Puppy

Prepare in advance with these 10 must-haves for your new puppy.

 

Bowls

Purchase two bowls for your new puppy.  One for food and one for water. The best bowls for dogs are stainless steel, ceramic, or silicone bowls.  Avoid plastic bowls.  Puppies like to chew on them and BPA leaking from the bowls making them unsafe.

Food

Start your puppy with the same food they have been eating at the breeder or rescue. Your puppy has special nutritional requirements so it is important to get your dog on a suitable puppy diet with quality food. If you are unsure of what food is best for your puppy, ask your veterinarian for recommendations or check out the Dog Food Advisor for reviews.

Collar/Id tag/Leash/License

A collar and id tag is important to have in the event your puppy gets lost. Having a 6ft leash and 15ft leash will be needed to start training your puppy. Most cities require that you purchase a dog license for your pet.  Contact the local courthouse or humane society for more information.

Crate

Crating a puppy helps keep the puppy safe when you aren’t at home.   Puppies usually don’t like to soil where they sleep so keeping the space small at first will help with potty training. A crate that grows with your puppy is a good investment. Your puppy will feel a sense of security and comfort in a place of it’s own.

Your puppy will also need a travel crate for those trips to the veterinarian, groomer, or outings. This keeps your pet safe while in a car.

Treats/Chews

Treats are an excellent way to start training your new puppy.  Choose only healthy treats such as dried beef liver and only give in small amounts. Chews are important to have on hand. Your puppy will be exploring the world with his mouth and must have appropriate outlets for chewing. Avoid rawhides as these are extremely dangerous for your puppy.

Toys

Choose toys that will be safe for your puppy.  Avoid toys with stuffing or pieces that can easily be chewed off or very soft plastic.  Kong makes some very good quality sturdy products.

Pooper Scooper/ Poop Bags

Keeping your yard cleaned up daily will help prevent infectious diseases. It also reduces the chances of you or your puppy accidently stepping in an unseen poo, yuck!  You will also need to have poop bags with you on all outings with your puppy for clean up.

Enzymatic Cleaner

New puppies will have accidents. A great enzymatic cleaner will helps neutralize odors as well as break up the urine. This will discourage future accidents in the same area.

Veterinarian

Choose a veterinarian for your new puppy. Soon after bringing your new puppy home you should take him for a check up at your veterinarian. Your puppy will need regular care and vaccinations.

Pet Sitter

Hire a professional pet sitter.   There will be times when you want to go away for a few hours or you must work.  Your puppy should not be left unattended for long periods of time.  A pet sitter will come in and take your puppy outside to relieve themselves and spend time playing and socializing. This will also help with house-training.

Puppies are so much fun but also a lot of work but well worth it.  Make things easier by being prepared with these 10 must-haves for your new puppy!

Congratulations on your new puppy!

Tell us all about your new puppy; name, age, breed. We would love to see a picture! 😀 

 

 

 

 

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Tips For Dressing Up Pets For Halloween

Are you dressing up your pet this Halloween?  It is estimated that 20 million pet owners will dress up their pets this Halloween according o the National Retail Federation.

Although your pet may look irresistible all decked out in a Halloween costume, your pets safety and comfort come first. Make sure to follow these tips for dressing up pets for Halloween so they are safe and comfortable.

Tips for dressing up your pet for Halloween

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Here are some tips for dressing up pets for Halloween.

 

Does your pet really want to be dressed up?

We love seeing pets in funny or cute costumes however does your pet love it?  Lego, our little friend above is one pet who is quite comfortable being in costume.  Not all pets though tolerate costumes as well as Lego. Listen to what your pet is telling you. If your pet does not like being dressed up, don’t do it.  This causes a lot of stress for your pet.  Choose a nice Halloween bandanna instead.

Avoid pet costumes that restrict movement.

When choosing a Halloween pet costume, make sure that your pet has free movement and no restrictions. Costumes should allow the pet to move about freely so they can go about normal activities.

Pet costumes should allow for easy breathing, barking, meowing, and hearing.

Avoid costumes that impede a pets ability to hear, breathe, or communicate.  Never dress your pet in costumes or clothing that restrict them in any way.  Pets need to be able to communicate and the last thing we want is to make it difficult for them to breathe.

Examine pet costumes for loose or small, dangling pieces.

Loose pieces, dangling string, buttons, or sparkling décor can be dangerous for your pet.  These can become tangled or irritating to your pet but more importantly some pets may try to chew pieces and choke. Check the costume over carefully.

Try the Halloween costume on your pet.

Trying on your pets costume will allow you the chance to see how your pet reacts to the costume. Ditch the Halloween costume if your pet is uncomfortable, irritated, scratching or distressed.

Enjoy a safe and fun holiday with your pets by following these tips for dressing up pets for Halloween.

Are you dressing your pet for Halloween? 

 

 

 

 

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