Tuesday, May 19, 2015

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Some tips to prevent dog bites:

If you have a child teach them:
To not:
- try to pet strange dogs
-pet dogs tied up even if its a familiar dog.
-stay away from lose dogs on the streets
-get a adult if a dog is acting strange or aggressive
-have a adult around supervising play around a dog
-pull or yank on a dogs face fur tail really any body part no matter how nice the dog may seem to be
-take a dogs food, toys etc.
-play around a dog eating
-Eat at a table and not carry food around

Obedience train your dog.

Avoid alpha dogs. If you cannot handle a strong willed dog do not risk having one.

Always be the alpha pack leader. Do not let your dog get away with guarding or possesive behavior of objects or food.

If you have a herding breed of dog make sure you have a proper outlit for their herding behavior. Never let them herd children ir people period.

Do not let a dog dominate you or other people.

Know how to properly approach a dog:

Avoid going for the top of the head or on the neck when attempting to pet a dog especially a dominant dog.

Crouch do not stand hovering over a dog.

Avoid face to face contact.

Do not attempt to touch a dog in pain.

If your dog starts acting strange or aggressive out of the blue take them to a veterinarian to rule out any medical issues.

If you have a aggressive dog that you cannot handle:
- get a professional trainer with references and years of experience dealing with aggression
-give the dog to someone you personally know that can handle the dog never a complete stranger
-In some rare cases due to extreme behavioral issues or a medical issue that cannot be cured or controlled by medicine it maybe best to put the dog asleep only if all other options have been exhausted.

A dog that bites is asking for legal issues, a danger to other people and animals and putting that dogs life on the line.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Top Ten Largest Dog Breeds

1. Great Dane
2. Irish Wolfhound
3. English Mastiff
4. St. Bernard
5. Leonberg
6. Newfoundland
7. Anatolian Shepherd
8. Great Pyranese
9. Scottish Deerhound
10. The Kuvasz

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Easy Homemade Dog Treats

Flour + Pureed Baby Food = Dog Treat

For flour use wheat, rice or nut flour. Avoid corn and soy flour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.

Yay yummy treats for your canine!

Summer Pet Tips

Do not leave your pet unattended in a vehicle period.

Provide lots of shade.

Make sure water is available at all times. Check several times a day if you must.

Treat your pet for pest infestations like fleas, ticks, etc.

Watch out for dangerous critters.

Watch out for toxic plants.

Keep your yard well maintained and the fence line inescapable, holes filled in and locks on gates.

Know the signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Animal Abuse and Neglect

If you see it, hear it, smell it and just overall have that gut feeling report it.

Report to proper authorities. Local animal control, humane society, police, etc.

Document everything. Time, place, what occurred, reacurrent instances, etc.

Avoid taking individual action. Things could go awry and get dangerous very quickly.

No flash mobs. If you do not know the situation in its entirety dont excite the neighborhood into condemning that person.

Have witnesses. Have written statements. Avoid verbal which can always be turned around into hearsay.

Be prepared to be interviewed and possibly go to court to testify as a witness.

Educate people about what animal abuse and neglect it.

Never be afraid to do what is right.

Spring Pet Tips

Treat your pet and prevent  pests like fleas, ticks and mosquitos with daily checkups and monthly flea and tick treatment.

Gardening? Pick plants and fertilizer that are nontoxic to your pets.

Check and make sure your pet`s vaccinations are up to date.

If you are spring cleaning use pet friendly nontoxic cleaners.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Can my dog eat that and this?

For Sure:
Peanut Butter
Sweet Potato

Hot Dogs

Not Reccomended:

Most Nuts

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Keep your pet safe in a backyard.

Fill in holes under the fence with dirt, rocks, concrete, etc.
Replace old, worn out pieces of fencing routinely.
Have a lock on your gate(s) at all times.
Never leave a gate open accidently. Remind friends and family to always double check that they closed the gate behind them.
Do not leave pets and children together unsupervised.
Do not leave pets that are known jumpers or diggers unsupervised.
Remove any items that could injure your dog old wiring, metal pieces, anything lying or sticking up out of the ground precariously.
Never leave a dog tied up unattended they could tangle themselves up easily.
Provide a shelter and water at all times for your pet when outside.
Stay vigilant.
Report suspicious people that seemed to be eyeing or trespassing on your property.
If your dog is terrritorial please put up a beware of dog sign to warn people to stay away.