How Not to Say “Bite Me”: Avoiding Dog Bites

Avoid Do Bites

By Susan Garlinghouse DVM

This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, so let’s talk about how to avoid being either the owner or victim of dog bites.  According to the Centers of Disease Control, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, with 1 in 5 (that’s over 800,000) requiring medical attention.  The most common victims are young children and the elderly, and most are bitten during everyday activities by a dog familiar to them.

Any dog can bite if provoked, regardless of size, age, breed or gender.  Usually, dogs bite as a reaction—either out of fear, from pain, to protect their territory or possessions, or during play that gets out of hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Puppy Training: Starting Off on the Right Paw!

As new puppy we often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats, or bed. We spend little or no time thinking about how we will train our new puppy. Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for a pack leader to give the puppy direction and purpose in life. Here are some quick tips on the steps to puppy training and maintaining an obedient and balanced dog from the start: Read the rest of this entry »