Greeting an Unfamiliar Dog – Teaching Kids Dog Etiquette

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Baylie Giving the Green Light to be Petted

It’s typical behavior for dog-lovers to walk up to a dog we have never met to give him a pat on the head. However, this type behavior can invoke fear and provoke the flight or fight mechanism in a dog.   It’s also typical behavior for children to be drawn to an unfamiliar dog. They want to pet every pup they see as if it were a fluffy teddy bear.

Even thought Baylie has never shown any signs of aggression towards children or adults,  I keep a watchful eye,  nonetheless.  She’s a large-breed dog and even playfully jumping on someone can cause injury.  With so many dog bites in the news of late, we all have to be on our guard.    Even if you have the friendliest dog on the planet, a dangerous situation can develop in mere seconds. Although they mean no harm, children can do a number of things to trigger aggression in dogs.

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Remember, if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet

bayliescarfBaby it’s cold outside and cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are. Dogs and cats can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia when left in the extreme cold for a prolonged period.  Some owners will leave their animals outside for extended periods of time thinking that all animals are adapted to live outdoors. This can put their pets in danger of serious illness. There are things you can do to keep your animal warm and safe.
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  • Take your animals for a winter check-up before winter kicks in. Your veterinarian can check to make sure they don’t have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.
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Hurricane Preparedness For Your Pets

Now that hurricane season is bearing down on us here along the Gulf Coast, we begin to talk preparedness.  That means not only do we humans need to batten down the hatches, we need to think about our four-legged family members as well.  Pet owners should have an emergency plan for their pets.

More than  358 million pets reside in 63 percent of American households. According to a Zogby  International poll, 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if  they cannot bring their pets with them.  However, more and more hotels are becoming pet friendly.    And, in disaster situations, others will relax their no pets allowed policy.
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