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Dog Safety and the need to be aware, there is no room for multi-tasking here!

Dog Safety and the need to be aware, there is no room for multi-tasking here!

Lately, I have noticed a lot more dog bite prevention information finding its way on to Facebook and the like, and it got me thinking, I wonder how many people, actually stop and read any of this information, or have many, become immune and don’t even give it a second glance.

Whenever a reported dog attack/bite incident hits the news, it creates a feeding frenzy, unfortunately in many cases, we the public don’t get to hear the full story and yet for many it fuels a lively debate, on what should be done, what isn’t being done but one thing that always seems to come up, somewhere along the way, is the need for more education.

There are many good education programs and resources out there already both online and offline. So what is going on here, I know funding can be an issue for some, even here in New Zealand but are we doing enough?

Is complacency to blame, do we see dogs too much as part of the family and forget that they are dogs.  All too often they are put in situations, (whether it be at home or away), we would not put ourselves in, if the roles were reversed, and yet we expect them to behave and be good dogs.

As a dog trainer, I personally talk to and hand out information sheets to all my clients on dog safety and dog bite prevention. I also tell them they have to become teachers/educators and teach and show anyone who comes into contact with their dog, how to act and behave. Which I know can be hard because many worry they may offend someone, by telling them what to do.

I wonder how many dog trainers, behaviorist, dog training clubs, Veterinary practices (who frequently run puppy classes) pet shops, rescues, dog breeders etc do the same.

I think Molly Summer (Kindred Companions LLC) hit the nail on the head  in a recent article she wrote.

Titled: “You’ll think twice about taking your dog’s photo after reading this…”  (to read the full article click on the link)

“Dog trainers and behavioral consultants see it and we warn the public. We tell owners that “dogs don’t like hugs and kisses”. We explain dog body language and try to open a channel of communication. And finally we try to set healthy boundaries for families and pets. But for some reason all of this education and warning fall on deaf ears. This phenomenon is a relatively new thing. Sure dogs have been family pets for hundreds of years. But the requirement that a dog be tolerant of anything done to it, especially from a child “that doesn’t know better” is new. Most parents wouldn’t leave their toddler alone with a horse, a parrot, or even a cat, but for some reason, a dog is no longer an animal. Instead it is everything but an animal.

Perhaps Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms are partially to blame. Dogs are no longer the family pet. They are the decoration in family photos. The dog is supposed to be the child’s “best friends” but did anyone ask the dog? And even if they are, the meaning of “best friend” is to care about that friend’s needs and concerns. Forcing them to interact while expressing discomfort is not treating them like “best friends.” And before an owner says that they “didn’t see the signs”, ignorance is no excuse. If your best friend spoke a different language you’d do your best to try to understand it. Yet for some reason, dog language rarely becomes part of the conversation. ….”

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in About

 

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Just a reminder Dog Training Classes start on Sunday the 12th April 2015 @ 2pm in the Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst, Palmerston North.

Just a reminder Dog Training Classes start on Sunday the 12th April 2015  @ 2pm in the Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst, Palmerston North.

Small classes, so you get more time spent with you and your dog. The course covers, basic obedience, minor behaviours, introduction to Canine Parkour (urban agility) Dog Control Act & Basic dog behaviour & safety around dogs/Dog bite prevention. Dog owners these days have to become teachers/educators and teach people, adults and children, how to act and behave when in the company of any dog, including your own. For more information and to sign up for class, click on the link below:

Dog Training Classes: Woodville and Ashhurst, Palmerston North, Manawatu Region

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in About

 

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Just a reminder: Dog Training Classes Start in the Ashhurst, Domain, Palmerston North on the Sunday 8th March.

Just a reminder: Dog Training Classes Start in the Ashhurst, Domain, Palmerston North on the Sunday 8th March.

Hi there everyone, just a reminder dog training classes start on Sunday 8th March 2015 @ 2pm in the Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst, Palmerston North.

Click on the dog training classes link above to find out more details..

 

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in About

 

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Dog Bites another at a Timaru Dog Park

Dog Bites another at a Timaru Dog Park

 

Again, here is another aspect of dog safety that sadly gets overlooked by many. Growling dog bitten by bigger dog

Just because its a dog park it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have control of your dog, The Dog Control Act still applies, owners need to have their “Eyes Wide Open” be aware of what is going on around them, then they can stop something bad happening, before it starts.

Dogs do speak to us and each other, if we choose to listen and observe. Dogs communicate via body language and vocal tonation, dog owners need to understand this.

Many people today are just too complacent. If you are taking your dog to a dog park, there are Basic Dog Park Etiquette  rules that should and need to be followed because lets face it, you need to stand up and protect your dog.

I personally believe, dog parks should have designated gated areas set aside, one for small dogs and one for big dogs. By doing this, it would reduce the risk of these kind incidents happening.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in About

 

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Puppy Buying Tips: what prospective owners should know

   

I run monthly dog training classes throughout the year, times and dates can be found on this blog.

I first posted this article in June 2014 but I thought I would repost it again because many people look at buying a puppy at this time of the year.

Are you are thinking about getting a new puppy? A puppy can be a joy to have around but also, a lot of hard work. And yes they all look “cute” when they are young but they do grow up.

So do some research, decide which breed is best suited for your family and lifestyle. There’s no point choosing an active breed of dog, that needs a lot of exercise, if you are not that way inclined.

Visit dog shows, the SPCA and other animal shelters, read books, contact the N.Z. Kennel Club (they can supply you with specific breed information and breed club contacts.). Be prepared for the costs associated with dog ownership, such as Vet bills, Dog registration, Microchipping, Grooming, Food & Training, just to name a few.

Lastly, some words of advice, “Let the buyer beware”, if you buy a puppy, the 1st thing you should do, is take it to your local vet and ask them to do a health check. This should be done within a couple of days of you bringing your new puppy home. If your puppy fails its health check, ask your vet to write you a report. Then inform the breeder, pet shop etc, as you maybe entitled to an exchange or refund.

Also make sure when you pay for your puppy you get a receipt, too many people just exchange cash/cheque etc and have no prove of purchase.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in About

 

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Its always great to catch up with owners and their dogs, especially if you haven’t seen them for a while

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Its always great to catch up with owners and their dogs, especially if you haven’t seen them for a while. I first met this boy when he attended one of my classes, when he was only a few months old. He has turned into a big stunning boy. Made my day seeing him again. He is a Neapolitan Mastiff if you would like to read more about the breed click on this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_Mastiff

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in About

 

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Dog Training Special: 2 for 1 deal, Bring a friend and share the cost $349 for 5 x 1 hour private dog training sessions

Offer valid to 31st Jan 2015

Usual Price $350 per person

Manawatu:, Palmerston North, Ashhurst & Tararua areas only 

Dog training/ Dog behaviour modification designed to suite your needs.

I will teach you how to handle your dog in everyday situations,.
Covers, Obedience/puppy training. Any unwanted dog behaviour, including aggression.
Dog Bite Prevention/Dog Safety, Dog Control Act education, is included in all training courses.
Please fill out the form below:


 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in About

 

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Rescue Dog of the Year Nominations

   
Thanks for posting this Monique Bowers:
Hi Everyone. You know how we are doing the Fun Day In February which ZeroBites Dog Training is playing a role in? We have a Rescue Dog of the Year Award which is peoples choice and will be awarded on the day. Please head over and like the page and nominate some well deserving doggies. This award is kindly being sponsored by Hazel the Pitbull. Guidelines are on the about section on the page .

 

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in About

 

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Dog Training & Behaviour Modification: Wairarapa, Greytown, Masterton, Featherston & Carterton. Commencing on Saturday September 27th. Book Now! to secure your place

I will be visiting Greytown, on a monthly basis, providing there is enough interest, Commencing on Saturday September 27th.

The venue is located next to the dog park on the corner Cotter & Pierce Street.

I will be holding, 2 hour private training sessions for behaviour problems. As well as 2 hour group training sessions for specific problems and basic obedience, except for dog aggression. If you have an aggressive dog, you will be working privately with me and one of my training dogs.

Dog behaviour problems such as:                           Basic obedience:                        

Aggression                                                                   Sit, Stay, Leave it, Recall, Down, loose leash walking.
Jumping Up                                                                  All my training programs and courses include segments
Digging holes                                                               on Dog Safety and Dog Control Act.
Breed specific problems
Separation related problems
Not coming when called
Destructive behaviour
Chewing
Phobias
Pulling on the lead

Cost: 2 hour Private training session $120

Group: 2 hour training session $89 Min number for group training 2 max 3.

Prices include all Faq Sheets. $50 deposit required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid on the day of training.

Cancellation fees will apply.

Please Quote the Coupon no, when booking. Discount Coupons valid only for residents of Greytown, Masterton, Featherston & Carterton areas. Please fill out the form below:

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in About

 

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Dog Training Discount Coupon Valid 31st October 2014: $60 Off Complete Dog Training/Behaviour Modification Program. Usual Price $350 with Discount $290 for 5 private training sessions

Dog Training Discount Coupon Valid 31st October 2014: $60 Off Complete Dog Training/Behaviour Modification Program. Usual Price $350 with Discount $290 for 5 private training sessions

$60 Off Complete Dog Training/Behaviour Modification Program

5 1 hour private (one on one) training sessions, Usual price $350, with coupon $290

Covers, Any unwanted dog behaviour, including aggression, obedience/puppy training.

If your dog is dog aggressive, you and your dog, will initially be working with my training dogs.

Dog Bite Prevention/Dog Safety, Dog Control Act education, is included in all training courses.

Print or quote coupon number when calling and Save!

Contact me today: 06 3765024 : 027 7216823
Coupon link below:
http://www.zerobitesdogtraining.com/Coupon.html

Lulu

Lulu

Hi Elayne,

Just thought I would relay an experience Glen and I had the other night while walking Lulu. We decided to go the other way to normal, down our street towards the main highway, many more houses, and it was dark too. We passed a house going one way and their dogs went berserk, and had to pass it on the way home and one jumped the fence and tried it’s best to get to us. I had food in my pocket and ended up throwing 4 handfuls at it to distract it, and Lulu was great during the whole mess – Glen had her leash, and she was definitely agitated but not aggressive back. Scared the bejesus out of me – certainly got my heart rate up, but we both felt all the lessons had paid off in one fell swoop.

Once again, our huge thanks for your guidance. Robyn, Foxton

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in About

 

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