ARTICLES & ADVICE
FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY
Dog Safety Tips for
YOUR DOG CAREFULLY
TRAIN YOUR PUPPY
- Don't just pick a dog because it is the
cutest in the litter.
- Look at the parents, know how big the
puppy will get as an adult.
- Study about the breed you are choosing
and know the training
advantages and disadvantages.
- Get your puppy from a reputable breeder.
FENCE ME IN, DON'T CHAIN ME UP
- Dogs are smart, but they always will
test their limits. (Pack
- Your dog is trainable, but it will take
- Take your puppy places when they are
young to get them use to
seeing all types of people and activities.
- A MOMENT OF PRIVACY PLEASE
- Dogs that are chained or tied are more
defensive and may become
aggressive. Think about the saying, "At the end of my rope."
- It is much better to have a small fenced
area to keep your dog in
keep others out.
READ MY LIPS, MR. BUSH
- A crate in the house and a doghouse in
the yard is a great way
for your dog to get away from it all. Don't rely only on these tools
when caring for your dog. Remember, dogs are highly social animals.
- The crate is your dog's private space.
That means no children and
- Another privacy moment is during feeding
time. Best for children
to stay out of the food dish.
- If your dog snarls or growls, step back
right away. It means your
doesn't like what is happening.
- A dog's bark can also be a warning to
- Contact a professional trainer /
behaviorist to learn more about why dogs growl and if it indicates a
problem with your dog.
DON'T LEAVE DOGS ALONE WITH SMALL CHILDREN
- If a dog approaches you, be a tree and
stay completely still.
- If you can, back up slowly to a tree or
a car and keep facing the dog.
- Don't run or scream. If you need to,
call for help.
- If the dog tries to sniff you, keep your
hands at your sides.
DON'T TEASE DOGS
- Listen up parents! You don't know what
your children might do to
- Dogs have very strong protection
instincts that are hard to
- DON'T TAKE CHANCES!
DON'T SURPRISE DOGS
- If you tease dogs through a fence or
door, their natural
instincts take over. They don't like to be teased! If you tease a dog,
there may be serious consequences.
- If you play tug-of-war with a dog as
play, they may think they
can tug on anything they can grab -- coats, arms, toys. If you are
seeing this behavior, you may benefit from stronger leadership skills.
- How would you like to be sleeping and
something as big as you
jumped on your belly? It is NOT okay to jump on dogs!
- Train your dog that surprises equal
really tasty treats. We do this with all puppies so if they are
accidentally surprised they think food not fangs.
- If you surprise your dog and he growls,
back off! This especially applies to children!
GET OFF YOUR BIKE
- Always ask if it is okay to approach a
- Always ask if you may pet a dog before
- Dogs may look friendly, but they may not
- Don't worry if you are told "NO" for
petting, not all dogs like
to be social.
KEEP YOUR DOG HEALTHY
- If you are riding your bike and a dog
chases you, STOP, dismount
and keep your bike between you and the dog.
- Without something to chase, the dog will
probably lose interest.
- Call for help if you need it. (Remember
don't run and scream.)
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF
- Get regular veterinary check ups.
- Remember to get "shots" that the
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
Glance at the dog, but don't
-- staring may be perceived as a threat.
- Stay out of a dog's yard. Don't open
gates or even think about
approaching a strange dog when the owner is not around.
- Speak to a dog in a calm voice. Try
giving it a command like, "Go
- If attacked, "feed" the dog something
like a jacket or backpack.
- If a dog bites you, tell your parents
right away, then see a
- Don't litter. Spay or neuter your pets
and control the pet