Sunday May 19, 2013
May 19-25 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. A collaborative effort among the AVMA, the AAP and the USPS, Dog Bite Prevention Week aims to promote responsible dog ownership and increase awareness of dog bite risks. According to the AVMA, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and 800,000 of those dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention (half of these being children). What can you do to help prevent dog bites? Plenty. Here are some ways to get started:
Learn how to prevent dog bites. It is important to understand that ANY dog is capable of biting, regardless of breed or size. These tips for dog owners and potential dog bite victims can help prevent dog bites.
Recognize the signs that a dog may bite. In the majority of cases, a dog will give plenty of warning before biting. Unfortunately, many people are unable to see the signs before it is too late. Once you know what to look for, the signs are very clear.
Train your dog to prevent biting. There are a number of things you can do to ensure that your dog doesn't contribute to the dog bite statistics. Proper training and socialization are absolutely essential.
Learn how to address aggression issues in your dog. If you have noticed aggressive behavior in your dog, the time to act is NOW. It may not be easy, but it is essential that you do whatever is possible in order to reverse your dog's aggressive tendencies.
Be a responsible dog owner. The best thing you can do for your dog, yourself and your community is to act responsibly when it comes to your dog. Know what it takes to be a responsible dog owner and do it!
Remember that it is up to you to do everything in your power to prevent your dog from biting someone. If your dog does bite someone, the consequences to you and your dog can be severe. This is on top of the guilt you will feel over the injuries to the bite victim. Unfortunately, even with the best of plans, bad things can still happen. That's why it's so important to know what to do if a dog bite occurs. If your dog bites someone, your first reaction might be shock or panic. However, it is important to take swift action after a dog bite. Dog bites require prompt medical attention because of the damage they can do (even if they appear minor on the surface). Hopefully, you will never be in this situation. Remember that prevention is the key. You want your dog to be your companion, not a public safety risk.
Wednesday May 15, 2013
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a happy and energetic medium-sized dog that makes a loving companion. A native of Ireland, the Wheaten was historically kept as an all-purpose farm dog. Today, the breed is best known as a playful and affectionate companion. Besides its attractive personality, the Wheaten is also loved for its practical size (neither large nor small) and very low tendency to shed (in theory, hypoallergenic). However, this can also be considered a fairly high-maintenance breed in some ways. Wheatens need to be thoroughly groomed on a regular basis, including daily brushing to prevent mats. They also need owners who are dedicated to consistent training.
In reality, the needs of the Wheaten do not far surpass the basic needs of all dogs. In the end, people who know and love the breed will tell you it's all worth it. As with any breed, it's important to educate yourself before making the commitment. Learn all about the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and see if this could be a match for your household. Have you already shared your life with one of these wonderful dogs? Tell us more: talk about your Wheaten!
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Monday May 13, 2013
Are you expecting? Congratulations! As are a dog owner, you may be wondering how it is all going to work out - especially if this is your first child. Having a baby does not mean you have to give up your dog, but it also means you have some preparation to do. No matter how sweet your dog, do not assume she will accept the new baby's arrival with open paws. However, many dogs simply fall in love with the household's newest human addition.
Fortunately, there are several ways you can get your dog ready for the arrival of your new baby. These tips on preparing your dog for the new baby can get you started. With the right training and socialization, your dog is more likely to accept your new baby and continue to be a happy member of your growing family.
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Wednesday May 8, 2013
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is best known for, of course, the beautiful and unique ridge of hair along its back. After that, many of us think of its large size and powerful, noble appearance. They should be noble - after all, they were once used to hunt lions. This breed is still used for hunting today (though not for lions anymore) and is also an excellent guard dog.
Even beyond first impressions, Ridgebacks can make wonderful pets. As young dogs, they are active and playful. As they mature, they develop into loyal and calm companions. Though they may be hesitant around strangers, Ridgebacks are gentle and kind to their families. Could this be the right dog for you? Find out more about the Rhodesian Ridgeback. If you love the breed, share your experiences with us: talk about your Ridgeback!
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