I don’t do this for everyone but Lyndall is great with dogs and I support her and wish her well in her new, dog walking business venture. So without further a do I will let Lyndall tell you a bit about herself and the service she can provide for you and your dog, around the Palmerston North-Linton area.
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Dog Enrichment Games, Canine Parkour also know as Urban Agility is a great way to keep your dog happy by providing physical & mental stimulation, while having fun, using natures obstacles and everyday objects you come across, while out on your daily walk.
Some basic obedience knowledge is required but there are no barriers, with a little adaptation and imagination, all breeds and ages can do this.
Just a reminder Dog Training Classes start on Sunday 13th March @ 2pm in the Ashhurst Domain, Palmerston North
Small classes max no 5, Min 3, so you will learn more and I can spend more time with you and your dog. unlike some of the larger classes.The course is very comprehensive and unlike others, covers more than just dog obedience & dog behaviour.
To secure your place, Book Now! Start: Sunday 13th March 2016 @ 2pm Ashhurst Domain, Palmerston North. Meet in the Wetlands Café Car Park.
A very good but true, tongue in cheek video from Dog Matters Dog Training, Bundaberg, Queensland Australia.
“Hi Its’s ok I am Friendly”, the stranger said, as he ran up to you, with his arms wide open, ready to hug you. How would that make you feel?
Dogs need space, same as we do, Imagine if a total stranger were to come running up to you shouting “Hi its ok, I am friendly” then proceeded to try and hug you, invading your personal space, how would it make you feel?, would you feel threatened, frightened, scared or uncomfortable? What would you do? Try to move away, tell that person to back-off and if they didn’t, maybe lash out. You would consider that person to have no manners or respect. In other words unacceptable behaviour.
Dogs are no different, they need their our own space too. Yet many dogs have to put up with that kind of behaviour from other dogs, on a daily basis, who’s owners think its ok, to let their dog barge right on up, while shouting “Its ok my dog is friendly” without asking, if its ok to do so.
Its all about manners and respect, we as humans expect to be shown some manners and respect and dogs are no different.
What Parents, Educators & Dog Owners should know and be able to tell & teach adults & children, on how to act and behave when in the company of dogs. Most dog bites are preventable.
77% of dog bites are caused by the family dog or a friends dog. Dogs are dogs not substitute human children and all have the potential to harm. While they make great companions and are a lot of fun, people often, feel too secure and comfortable when in the company of them and don’t see or are oblivious to the potential dangers.
After all you are living/interacting with an animal, that is quicker/faster than you, in every way, has sharp teeth that can do a lot of damage and in a lot of cases, is stronger.
If I were describing another animal, say for instance, a Tiger, would you feel as secure and comfortable in the company of one them, of course you wouldn’t, because they have the potential to harm or kill you. You would be very aware, safety and knowing how to act and behave, would be your top priority.
Dogs are no different, they need to be treated with respect and understanding and sometimes human expectations are too high, they don’t think like we do, they are, after all, a different species. Please watch the The Family Dog, stop the 77 video below.
Parents, educators & dog owners have a responsibility to teach children and adults how to act and behave when in the company of dogs. Both kids and adults need to know about basic dog safety and awareness, because for the most part, children under the age of 12yrs are the one’s who get bitten. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of adults who get chomped on, as well.
Even if you are not a dog owner, everyone needs to know how to act and behave when in the company of dogs. You may not have a dog but the chances are, you know someone who does.
Below is a very good graphic from family paws, on the 5 types of supervision, it is too easy to get caught up in doing something else and not being aware of what is going on around you, such as talking or texting on the phone or on the computer, chatting or having coffee with friends, the list is endless.
Parents & dog owners, need to do more than just supervise, when children, adults and dogs are together. They need to be watching 100% of the time.
Dogs do talk to us if we watch, observe and listen. They need to watch out for signs of stress in the dog, such as: changes in facial expression, licking of the lips, and the dog’s general demeanour. If you are unsure remove the dog from the situation, it only takes a second for something bad to happen.
TV and Movies often portray “The good family dog” but don’t be fooled, these dogs are well trained, and they have trainers on the sets with them. If you want a well-trained and adjusted dog, you have to put the time and effort in. They need guidance, direction and boundaries, as do children.
Even people who have been around dogs all their life’s should Never assume that a strange dog is going to be friendly towards them, remember you may think you know dogs but that strange dog doesn’t know you. It may see you as an intruder or a threat. There are many things that can cause a dog to bite you, so please take the time to read 5 easy ways to get bitten by a dog and Dog Owners its ok to say NO!
Dog Safety Advice for All
Never leave a child alone with a dog, because a child’s actions may inadvertently trigger an unwanted response, and the child may get bitten.
Never tease a dog. (E.g.: shouting & yelling, barking, throwing things, pulling faces & ears etc). These actions can cause a dog to attack because it may feel threatened or frightened If the dog is confined in a yard or tied up it will not forget the teasing, and if the opportunity presents itself, it will get its own back.
Always ask the owner’s permission before petting a dog. If the owner is not around leave the dog alone. If it is a stray dog, stay well away.
Never run away from a dog and Never run away screaming and shouting, because a dogs natural instinct it to chase and catch its prey.
Never enter a yard with a dog in it; always ask permission from the owner.
Never stare into the eyes of a dog, the dog may see it as a threat or a challenge to fight.
Always approach dogs calmly, carefully and slowly. Let the dog see and sniff you that’s how they get to know you and never approach a dog from behind.
Dogs like to play rough, they don’t have hands like you or I, and they jump up and use their mouths to grab hold and hang on. So do not jump, wave your arms around or scream when playing around dogs, these actions excite and stimulate the dogs chase response.
Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
If you are approached by a strange dog stand very still and remain calm. Don’t scream and shout, stand sideways and don’t stare, that tells the dog, via body language, that you are non confrontational, then slowly move away, by taking small steps, if you can.
Never approach a strange dog. (You will never know what it will do).
Never put your hand through a fence or a window of a parked car to pat a dog, because it will bite you.
Never disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for pups.
Never try to separate dogs that are fighting.
If you are knocked over by a dog, Always protect your face, arms & neck and roll up into a ball and remain very still.
If you get bitten tell an adult.
Never put your face close to a dog.
Never hug your dog or any dog around the neck because you may trigger the dogs bite reflex and the dog will bite you.
Children should not take their dog out for a walk unless accompanied by an adult, because if a situation arises e.g.: encounter with a stray dog, children don’t have the strength or presence of mind, to act quickly enough.
Be careful when handling a dog who is in pain or injured, it may bite you. Always, take precautions.
Always, try to be relaxed and calm around dogs, erratic movements could startle a dog or they may think you are teasing them.
Never take your dog on someone else’s property without finding out first, if it is OK to do so.
Fast-moving outdoor athletes should keep a safe distance between them and dog walkers. (E.g.: joggers, Cyclists etc). Again, these actions trigger the dog’s natural chase response.
Never run or walk up behind a dog, (even one you know) and try to pat it. Always, let a dog know you are there, let it see and sniff you.
Below is another very good info graphic from Doggone safe, although it says holiday tips, these tips can keep everyone safe year round.
More information with graphics can be found @ http://www.zerobitesdogtraining.com/bittenP1.html
Also take time to read the NZ herald Dog Attack feature
Are you prepared for: Kids, Dogs and the Holidays? 77% of dog bites are caused by the family dog or a friends dog.
Any gatherings can be a cause for concern when dogs and kids are involved, it doesn’t just have to be around the holidays. 77% of dog bites are caused by the family dog or a friends dog. Statements such as “my dog wouldn’t hurt anyone” or “my dog is good around kids” really need to be taken with a grain of salt.
All dogs have the potential to harm, given the right situation and humans are no different, if backed into a corner. We can become verbal or physical, if necessary. Dogs on the other hand, use body language to communicate their stress, distress, discomfort or they may even growl.
Unfortunately, how many listen to what the dog is trying to say, how many dogs get a one way trip to the vets every year because nobody was watching or listening. All too often people don’t see the potential dangers because they feel too secure and comfortable around dogs and are often oblivious to the potential dangers associated with inappropriate behaviour and not being aware.
Supervision is the key, you have to be watching 100% of the time. Unfortunately the word supervision for many these days, means casting a casual glance around, while doing something else such as:
Having a family gatherings or party, you can’t be watching both your dog and what is going on around you all the time, your dog needs a safe place to go where it won’t be bothered. Dogs can become very stressed and people can do stupid things.
Talking and Texting on the phone,
Chatting or having coffee, while your dog is left alone with kids or other adults, yes I said other adults, they also need to be know how to act and behave, when in the company of dogs.
Letting your dog off leash and not watching where its going or what its doing.
The list is endless, non of the above is 100% supervision.
Many dog bites/dog attacks can be avoided, if people were more aware. Below is a link to a great info graphic designed and published by Family Paws Parent Education on the 5 types of supervision. and below is another very good info graphic from Doggone Safe on dog bite prevention tips for the holidays. Of course these tips can be applied anytime of the year.
Training classes in many forms are run all over the country, should dog/puppy training classes cover more than just the basic commands & behaviours? I know some do, I personally think all should, we, not just here in New Zealand but worldwide are seeing an increase in dog bites/attacks as well as certain behaviours. When an incident of an attack is reported by the media, one thing that is always mentioned is, the call for more education.
Although there are plenty of dog safety education programs and information out there for the public and dog owners alike, how much of that information is actually sort out by the general public or dog owners.
Unfortunately, in today’s society many people are too complacent when it comes to dogs, in other words, they feel too secure and comfortable in the company of dogs and are unaware or oblivious to the potential dangers. After all, dogs are faster than humans, they have teeth that can do a lot of damage, and in many cases are stronger. So forget for a minute I am talking about dogs, If I were talking about tigers, would people be so complacent?
In order to effect a change in people’s thinking, yes education is the key, it’s no harder than it was, to educate people to wear seat belts while in a vehicle or teaching people, to look both ways before crossing the road.
As a dog trainer/behaviorist ( we are educators) how many include information in the way of FAQ sheets as well as talking/showing, dog owners, you teach, the do’s and don’ts of dog safety (in other words how to act and behave when in the company of dogs). As well as giving them the lowdown on the dog control act.
So your clients have the tools to protect their dog and educate others, how to act and behave when in the company of their dog or anyone’s for that matter. 77% of dog bites are caused by the family dog or a friends dog.
We as dog trainers/behaviorist have the opportunity to make a difference and become part of the solution and turn the tide.
Other articles you may find of interest: 5 easy ways to get bitten by a dog Dog owners its ok to say no! Greeting People may make your dog scared or uncomfortable Socialising your dog, its all about your dog, its not what you think, your dog needs or should be able to handle How well do you supervise your dog when around kids or other people
I am personally a big fan of muzzles, they can give dog owners peace of mind, and they enable dogs to go out and have fun.
Many dogs have to wear muzzles. Some are required to by law (breed-specific legislation). Some are fearful. Some eat rocks, feces, or garbage on the street.
The Muzzle Up! Project strives to erase the social stigma that comes with owning a dog that wears a muzzle. After all, when dogs are trained using positive reinforcement, they come to enjoy their muzzle, because the muzzle predicts good things (food, walks, fun with their humans). Muzzles also keep fearful and aggressive dogs safe, preventing them from possibly hurting another human or dog, while allowing them to still enjoy being a dog. And, unfortunately, some dog owners have no choice, since breed-specific legislation requires their dogs to wear one.
This blog post is a celebration of the humans who are doing it right: Desensitizing and counterconditioning their dogs to muzzles, finding creative ways to have fun with their dogs, and giving their dogs…
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