Safety at all cost……

Today I want to have a discussion about the safety of our furry friends.
As dog owners we all have pretty much gone through the same steps. Wanting a pet knowing its a dog and then figuring out what type of dog. ( Big dog, little dog,low maintenance, high maintenance) We have all gone through it. Some more than others.

My question to you dog owners would be did we think about the true commitment and what it was going to take, to care for our new furry friends. From feeding everyday, walking, socializing, grooming, vet visits, to combing them out, making sure they don’t bite, house breaking them, kennel training, leash training, picking up after them in the yard and on their walks( essential to always have poop bags, always…) These cute furry friends are going to be a handful but they will also be a great addition to our homes if done right and a nuisance if done wrong. A lot to think about, but this is a LIFE we are talking about here. A LIFE that depends on you to care for and feed. This little life is in our hands. Their well being is dependent on us as individuals to be responsible to make sure their lives are comfortable, healthy and safe.

So today I want to talk about collars and leashes and why we need to use them. Not just because it’s a LAW but because we have to keep our pups safe. Here are
6 Great Reasons To Always Use A Dog Leash.

Here are the top reasons we advocate that all owners use dog leashes and collars:
1.Leashes prevent your dog from chasing animals, people, or bikes.
2.Its courteous to your neighbors, especially if they do not know your dog’s level of obedience.
3.A single lost dog is one too many.
4.When used properly, most canines don’t mind dog leashes or collars, in fact most like them.
5.You can pull your dog back to protect them, should there be something dangerous in the environment.
6.A dog leash could save your dog’s life.

So let talk about these six reasons and what they truly mean.
Keeping our pets on leashes can save their lives and others. I have watched in my community owners act as if their pets are so trained that they can leave them off leash and they will be OK. Well this is not true. Pets are animals with animal instincts that means they chase other animals and cars and balls. They are curious little animals. So as much as we think OH they will listen to my every command there may be that day they don’t and a squirrel runs across the lawn and off they go on the chase and the squirrel run across the street and so does Henry and oops the car doesn’t see him and now your running to Henry but angry at the driver. Whose fault was it really? Ours Henry should have been on a leash.

Let just say one day you take Lucy out to the mail box Oh it’s just in the front of the house no big deal and the neighbor down the street is walking her beautiful German Shepard, Lucy sees him and runs to him but not knowing that Luke is dog aggressive and Luke attacks Lucy. You run to help and your now angry at Luke, whose fault is it? Not Lukes he was on a leash.

OK lets use another example your walking Hank down the street no leash and little Timmy comes along and sees Hank Oh what a cute puppy he reaches down to pet him and Hank bites him and continues to bite whose fault was it? Was Hank on a leash? NO

All I am saying is they are animals and any thing could and has happen to our pets and others. Not only is it a law but it is the right thing to do as a responsible pet owner. We are not only helping the community be safe but our furry friends to be safe from the environment around them. It is our duty to keep them safe from all harm as they depend on us to live healthy, safe lives.

Here are a few safety tips when using a dog leash for you to keep in mind:

Dog Leash Safety Tips

1.Use a leash that is the correct size for your dog. Smaller dogs need thinner leashes with smaller hardware, while large dogs may require leashes of a slightly thicker width.
2.Never pull or drag your dog with a leash. If he is reluctant to come, simply backup & call his name in a happy voice.
3.Yanking or jerking a dog leash can injure your pet, especially younger pups and senior dogs.
4.If your dog likes to pull, consider using a no-pull harness, such as the popular SENSE-ation Harness for dogs.
5.Keep your leash in good shape. If the snap seems unstable or broken, replace it immediately.

Thank you for your time today, if you have any comment feel free to leave them below. I will see you next week for our next pet convo….

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Hydration….

I just wanted to touch upon the  importance of keeping your pet friends hydrated.  It is going to be another hot weekend and our pets need water to stay hydrated.  While humans have many different liquids to drink and can help themselves, our pets depend on us to make sure they have water. Keep water outside for them at all times if your pets are in the yard and don’t have access to water from in home. If you are taking them for long walks make sure to bring water with you for just not them but for yourself.

A few tips on finding out if your furry friends are dehydrated would be:

  1. Pick up their fur in a tent  like form, let it go does it drops quickly or does the tent stand still. If it stands still they are dehydrated. If it drops the they are hydrated.
  2. Look at their gums are they pink and wet? Then their good and hydrated, but if their pink and gummy or dry they need water now… Just a few little things to look at as we are in the hot summer months and we want to keep our furry friends cool and happy in doors and out.

If any one has any good tips for our furry friends in the summer please leave comments…

Repetition Repetition Repetition

Hey yall! I hope everyone is having a good day. I just wanted to speak to the pet owners that get frustrated with their pets trying to “train” them. Everyone take a deep breath and know that it takes time for pets to learn new commands and tricks. Be patient and try to keep things in perspective. Make sure that when you are trying to teach them, it is always a good experience for them. This will build trust! Repeat and reward good behavior.

Bully in a china shop?

This is for everyone that wants to talk in an open and friendly forum about any pet related concerns, ideas, or general thoughts.  So, this is my first endeavor into an open forum like this. So please be kind!  Or NOT!

My opening will be the Bully breeds. Pitbulls, StaffordshireTerrriers, Pocket Pits and everything that has to do with them!  We all know about their reputations and we all have opinions.  But do we have all the facts?  I have my opinion, but do I have all the facts?

I have had a few different breeds of dogs in my life and have handled almost all other breeds in my line of work.  So many different temperaments have passed before my eyes, I start to see human behavior.  Maybe that is a little weird or awkward, but it is true.  I have two pits.  one is a Staffordshire and one is an American Bully.  Ever since meeting these two beautiful Lady PIts, I have been fascinated by the general publics concerns.  Here are my 2 thoughts.

1. (And most important to me)  Owner Responsibility! Come on people, our pets depend upon us to do the right thing by them and the general public so that no persons and no animals get hurt.

2. Genetics. If you do not know yet,  aggressive behavior can be bred in to and out of any breed of canine. If done correctly, it can take around three to four years, depending upon what you are working with.

What are your thoughts and ideas on this subject.  Don’t be shy!