Dog Bite Prevention Week

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In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week, we wanted to share a few tips!  Dog bites can be preventable and you can learn how to reduce your chances of being bitten.

How big is the problem?  These stats are provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control):

  • About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.
  • Almost one in five of those who are bitten :a total of 885,000: require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.
  • In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

Dog Bite Prevention Tips

  • Choose wisely. Pick a dog that is good match for your home. Consult your veterinarian for details.
  • Socialize your pet.Gradually expose your puppy to a variety of people and other animals so it feels at ease in these situations; continue this exposure as your dog gets older.
  • Train your dog.Commands can build a bond of obedience and trust between the dog and owner. Avoid aggressive games with your dog.
  • Visit the vet. Vaccinate your dog against rabies and other diseases.
  • Get fixed. Neuter or spay your dog. These dogs are less likely to bite.
  • Be the supervisor.Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
  • Always ask. Teach your child to ask a dog owner for permission before petting any dog.
  • Stranger danger. Let a strange dog sniff you or your child before touching it, and pet it gently, avoiding the face and tail.
  • Off limits. Never allow a child to bother a dog if it is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
  • Slow it down. Do not run past a dog.
  • If a dog threatens you, remain calm. Avoid eye contact. Stand still or back away slowly until the dog leaves. If you are knocked down, curl into a ball and protect your face with your arms and fists. Teach your kids to do the same.

For additional information, check out the CDC’s website at:  http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Dog-Bites/biteprevention.html

Dog Property Laws

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Dog Property Laws

1. If I like it, it’s mine.

2. If its in my mouth, it’s mine.

3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.

4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.

5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.

6. If I’m chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.

7. If it looks like mine, it’s mine.

8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.

9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.

10. If its broken, it’s yours.

From Funnyfidos.com

The Perfect Walk

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Sometimes the world around me lines up and presents the perfect set of circumstances.  This morning, I got up to go pet sit a few of my morning clients.  I was somewhat cranky after not sleeping so well last night.  I really did not feel like getting up and driving anywhere, but this is not a profession you can just call in sick when you don’t feel “right”.  I stumbled around trying not to disturb my own resting dogs so I could get out of the house quickly and with little distraction to them so they would continue to stay in sleep mode.  So I threw on my sweats and sneakers and fumbled around for my keys to the car, the house, and the client houses I would be visiting.

When I stepped out of the front door I noticed it was really cool out, the kind of crisp morning you usually feel in early autumn.   The sweet smell of honeysuckle caught my attention (at least I think that is what it was) and for once, the street was quiet.  No cars flying past, people walking  by or other dogs barking.  It was total solitude.  For a moment, I could just be quiet before leaving.

I got in the car and headed out to start the morning.  I decided to do my kitty clients first.  My first would be a cat who is really a bit of a stinker.  But who can blame him really – the only time he sees me is when he needs a shot!  But even this morning he was calmer than usual and almost seemed nice!  Then I proceeded to a house where the cats just make me laugh out loud every time I am there.  Feeding them is like a chorus and a circus at the same time.  It is truly one of my favorite houses to visit.

But my last visit, a sweet dog and cat, is by far one of my favorite places to go.  Score is the coolest dog.  He is so gentle and sweet and yet so playful!  But they live right down the street from the entrance to a great park that has a path that is almost secluded on one side.  Normally I save Score’s long walk for later in the day, but decided this morning I would venture out into the park.  I am so glad I did.  The park was virtually empty, just a few people passing by early on.  The air was still crisp and the sun was barely shining in through the trees overhead.  The only sounds were the squirrels running around and some birds chirping.  Not even any real traffic to speak of.  For 20 minutes it was just me and Score.  And for that 20 minutes, there was no stress, nothing to worry about, nothing to think about.  We just “were”.  I felt totally at peace.  So much so I did not want to leave!

So when we made our way back to his house, he stopped – and not just for one his million smells, but just stopped and looked up at me.  He sat on the curb and waited to be petted.  I sat  next to him and I cannot explain it other than at that moment, we were both on the same page.  It was a mutual understanding of the perfect walk we just had.