Play It Safe with Dogs

By: | January 14, 2015

How to Stay Safe Around Dogs

Did you know about five million people each year are bitten by dogs? Kids are more likely to be bitten than adults and most of the dog bites are from the family dog.

But the good news is that most dog bites can be prevented.

Can I Have Your Attention Please?

Dogs are meant to be part of the family. They need lots of attention, just like we do. If you spend time playing with your dog, taking him for walks and teaching him new tricks, he will be better behaved.

Also, taking your dog to obedience school will do wonders. Teaching him the basics (sit, down, stay, and drop it) will help him be less likely to bite or be aggressive.

Don’t leave him outside or in a different part of the house and never leave your dog tied or chained outside for long periods of time.

What’s Up Doc?

Just like us, dogs need to see the doctor every year. They need check-ups and shots too. Also, have your dog spayed or neutered. Dogs who get the right medical care are less likely to be injured or sick and the chances of biting are decreased.

Do’s and Don’ts of Bite Prevention

Now you know what it takes to raise your dog responsibly, but how should you behave around your dog and other dogs? Don’t go near a dog who is sleeping, chewing something or eating. Never run up to any dog. Don’t pet or play rough with any dog. Always ask permission before petting someone else’s dog.

But, what if you follow the rules and a dog still threatens you? Pretend you are a tree. Stand very still with your arms at your sides. Look straight ahead, not at the dog. Most times, the dog will sniff you and leave. Don’t run – he will chase you. If the dog knocks you down, curl up in a ball and cover your ears like you do during a tornado drill.

If you are responsible and treat dogs with kindness and respect, you can stay safe around dogs. Plus, you will have a loyal and loving companion to share your life with. What more could a kid need?

Even though they can’t talk, dogs and cats can tell us their feelings. Click here to see how the way they act and look can help you understand if they’re friendly, angry or scared.

Don’t Let Your Cat or Dog Become a Stray!

By: | January 14, 2015

Do you ever leave the doors or windows in your home open? Or forget to close the door tightly as you go out? Cats and dogs can slip out in the blink of an eye, so keep your pets’ safety in mind. Many people believe that pets are able to find their way home easily, but it is just not true.

Did you know that lost cats and lost dogs have a very hard time being reunited with their human families? Across the United States only 2% of lost cats and 16% of lost dogs are ever reunited with their owners. Why do so few make it home?

No identification!

Although many lost dogs and cats are brought by caring strangers to the APA and other animal shelters, they can’t tell anyone their phone number or where they live. Owners have to help.

Your pet relies on you to provide an ID TAG! This could be your pet’s ticket home if he or she becomes lost. It is simple and inexpensive to place your pet’s name and your current telephone number on a metal disc that can be attached to its collar. Don’t forget your kitty. Young cats can learn early to wear a stretchable collar and tag. Pets need tags even when they live indoors because accidents happen even when everyone is doing their best to keep pets safe.

Ask your parents if your pet is microchipped. This is a very special identification, like a small computer part, that is placed just under the skin to allow for permanent identification that can never be lost. It has a special number that only belongs to your pet. Most shelters and animal control agencies scan the animals that are brought to them with a small hand held machine that will read the number. Then they can trace where the number came from and connect that pet with the right family. The APA microchips every animal that’s adopted here before it goes to a new home.

So, give your best friend an ID and you will never have to be apart!