Our pet sitters know a lot about dogs, cats, and the myriad of endearing little animals we care for throughout Miami, but we constantly seek additional education in our field. Pet sitters Flavia Berti and Tom Wyss attended the Dog Bite Investigation Seminar sponsored by No Kill Nation, Inc. and the Miami Coalition Against Breed-Speicific Legislation on April 25, 2013.
They heard from expert Jim Crosby, a retired lieutenant and dog trainer who spoke to police about what they do and how they assess certain situations when there are dogs involved in crime scenes, in dog bites, or alleged dog attacks and fatalities. Flavia and Tom took away two main messages from Mr. Crosby: every dog can and will bite if in pain or provoked, and the importance of education and responsible pet ownership in preventing dog bites.
Ready to Read a Great Reason to Hire a Dog Walker?
“Why do I need to hire a dog walker? I have a back yard, he runs all the time out there!” We hear that often enough that we felt we HAVE to address that misconception. Pet parents in Miami who own nice backyards seem to feel that letting their dogs out, alone, for long stretches of time means that their dogs get great exercise. From experience, the majority of those pet parents have less than slim pooches.
We’ve done our research in order to disprove the equation: large, fenced-in yard = active dog, and turned to Dr. Ernie Ward. In his book “Chow Hounds,” veterinarian Ernie Ward dissects why people think their dogs are active when they go outside (the book is also a great read on the obesity epidemic skyrocketing in our cats and dogs, by the way).