Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Child Killed by a Chained Dog

Four year old Taylor Becker was killed last week in Iron Ridge Wisconsin by a dog tied in a friend's back yard. There was no adult supervision and no-one saw what happened. This was the fourth serious attack by a chained dog on a child in August in the US and the 23rd in 2010 (according to Mothers Against Dog Chaining).

Link to news report

This is another terrible tragedy that could have easily been prevented. Tied dogs are extremely dangerous for children (adults too).

  • Do not tie your dog - find another solution
  • Never allow a child to be in the presence of a tied dog (even with adult supervision)
  • Do not allow your child to visit at a home where the dog is tied
  • Teach your children to stay out of a tied dog's area
  • Teach your children to report tied dogs on their school route to you so that you can investigate and create a new route  
  • If your child delivers papers or conducts other door-to-door activities be sure that they will not encounter tied dogs
Read our previous blog posts with information on the dangers of tied dogs

Other links with information on anti-chaining laws and how to protect dogs and children from the risks associated with dog chaining:

Dog Deserve Better

Mothers Against Dog Chaining

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Articles About Bite Prevention and Why Dogs Bite

Here are links to some great articles that all dog owners should read to better understand why dogs might bite and how to prevent this. Most dog owners assume that their dog will never bite, but every dog has a limit to what he will tolerate and many dogs are fearful without owners being aware of this. There is a long chain of behaviors and events that precede a bite and intervention at any step along the way can prevent a bite.

Teaching Bite Inhibition - by Pat Miller

In this article, behavior expert Pat Miller explains how to teach a puppy or older dog about bite inhibition, explains why it is never a good idea to punish a dog for biting or growling, and gives the important advice to dog owners that they should not take their dog's good bite inhibition for granted. Even a dog with rock solid bite inhibition needs to be rewarded for his good behavior to keep this strong.

Read the whole article

Reinforcing Your Dog's Training Throughout His Lifetime - by Nancy Kerns

This article delves further into the importance of continued vigilance and training and reinforcing good behavior throughout the lifetime of the dog. It is not enough to train and then assume that the training will last forever. Training is a continuous process and it is important to continue to provide situations in which the dog can succeed and then reinforce desirable behavior. Nancy Kerns tells a story about her own dog, who has several fears and explains how important it is to be aware of how your dog is feeling and to work on making him comfortable in fear-inducing situations so that he won't feel the need to bite.

Read the whole article

Letting Your Dog Sleep on the Bed With You - by Pat Miller

This article explores the myth of the dominant dog trying to take over the world by sleeping on your bed. Pat Miller explain how to decide if the dog should sleep on the bed, in a crate or elsewhere and what to do if the dog exhibits annoying or aggressive behavior in the bed. Again she stresses the futility and danger of punishing the dog for growling to warn people off the bed.

Read the whole article

Monday, August 23, 2010

Programa escolar de prevención de mordidas de perro "Se un árbol"

Be a Tree with Spanish subtitles.
Thanks to Mariona Monrós

Watch for more translations of Doggone Safe materials in Spanish, French and English coming soon to our website.