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May 24, 2014

Warm Weather Coming! Dog Safety in Cars, SUV’s & Boats, + More Dogs Outside- Be Aware of their Body Language!

It’s Here, Right?? Memorial Day Weekend and the Week After are Almost SUMMER!

My favorite time of year!! My parents haven’t dared to say the word ‘beach’ in front of me, because they know I will go JRTC (jack russell terrier crazy)!

Over the years, I have become wiser I get why my parents are even more careful when warmer seasons arrive,  and we spend more time outside the house and in the car.  As exciting and fun as summer is, it presents challenges that you guys must be aware of and plan for, to keep us, precious dogs, safe!

So that is my blurb in the blog this week.  Check safety first, then HAVE FUN!

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Later, Ernestine

 

Pets and People in the Car

With summer right around the corner, this is a reminder to be extra conscious and safe, driving with your pets. The ideal is to buckle up the whole family, pets included.

That sounds like a lot to ask.  We get used our dogs’ ‘car behavior’ and (think we) know how they react to various situations. At the same time, with phones going, summer traffic, heightened excitement over special trips, there is a lot for drivers to pay attention to.  Anything extra you can do to add to your dog’s safety is a great plus.

During summer trips in a car, truck, SUV, and even boating, remind yourself, safety-first! You can buckle up the whole family. It is really easy to do,  pet travel harnesses, crates and for boating, a life jacket, for sure!

The scary statistics are that despite all the warnings against leaving pets and children in cars, we still hear all too often the horror stories of dogs who suffered or even died after being left in vehicles as temperatures inside soared. Studies have shown that a healthy dog, whose normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees, can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before suffering brain damage or death, at even 85-degree weather, temperatures inside a car can reach 120 degrees in less then 30 minutes, even if a window is cracked.”

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So, take extra care and enjoy!

Why do Dogs Bite?

There are a variety of reasons dogs bite, and sometimes they are not the most obvious reasons. Dogs bite when they are afraid, feel threatened, get excited, are at play, have been trained to be aggressive, are being protective with food or treats, are in pain or i f they are annoyed.

Many people are not aware that, even friendly looking dogs can be snappy and they ignore owners’ requests not to pet their dogs. These situations often result in dog bites.

Never approach a strange dog without first asking permission from the dog’s owner. If the owner indicates that handling the dog is dangerous, listen to that advice and keep your distance.

“Tips to prevent dog bites:

  • Know the basics of a dog’s body language. A wagging tail does not always mean a dog is friendly. Depending on the carriage of the tail, it could mean the dog is nervous, stressed, and uneasy.
  • Teach children to never approach a stray dog under any circumstances. And if they are approached by a stray, they should “be a tree,” and not move until the dog moves away.
  • Never taunt a dog. If you dare a dog to bite you, he just might give you exactly what you’re asking for.
  • Don’t put your face in a dog’s face you don’t know. Children should be taught to never get up in a dog’s face, even the family pet. Many dogs read that as a challenge and react out of impulse to protect themselves.
  • Respect the growl. A growl is a warning from a dog that he may bite, and you should always believe him!
  • Never sneak up on a sleeping dog. Never approach a dog who is eating. Never back a dog into a corner where he feels he can’t escape.
  • Supervise all interactions between young children (under 10) and dogs at all times.Children forget to tie their shoes and make their beds, so naturally they could forget the correct way to play with and handle the family dog. An adult should always be present to make sure the rules are followed.

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