We encounter strange dogs daily while walking dogs around Miami, so we have a tip or two to prevent dog bites. It’s important to know that every dog can and will bite under certain circumstances. Sometimes the pet is in pain; sometimes they are possessive of toys… You can be prepared and prevent dog bites by following what we write about in this post. We hope it helps!
Responsible pet ownership and education are the keys to preventing dog bites. The first step is choosing the right dog for your home. Second, and just as important: the way you raise your dog, the way it lives, has as much to do with its personality and behavior as its breed (some would argue it’s all about nurture!). If your only wish is to adopt a Malinois, for example, make sure you are ready to give it the exercise and mental stimulation it requires. Some dogs really do NEED exercise; if you prefer to spend your nights on the couch (and we’re not judging- because sometimes, that sounds fabulous!), an active dog is simply not for you.
Other ways to avoid dog bites include:
- Socialize your dog at an early age so they’re comfortable around people and other animals. Puppies should be touched and held often to get them used to human contact.
- Teach your children that not every dog is friendly or open to approach and that they should ask permission before petting a strange dog.
- Don’t put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased; especially don’t take a leashed dog into a leash-free dog park!
- Train your dog! They need to know what is expected of them. The training is fun for the dogs, who need to work, and it will build a beautiful bond between you.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise: do it regularly to maintain great health and mental stimulation
- No Wrestling! Avoid highly excitable games like tug-of-war or wrestling, which put your dogs in the position of potentially biting.
- Always use a leash in public.
- Neuter or spay your dog.
- Never, ever tie your dog up in your backyard. This creates intense frustration and pent-up aggression. Tragedies can occur when this poor dog finally breaks loose. Aside from that, tethering your dog is illegal in Miami-Dade County unless you comply with a lengthy list of criteria.
- If you keep your dog in a fenced-in yard, secure the gates and fences.
This list is just a cursory overview to get you started. We will be covering what to do with an aggressive dog in a later post, as well as specific behaviors you can look out for in pets that may warn you before a bite occurs.
In the meantime, some great reading material includes “Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution,” by Raymond and Lorna Coppinger, as well as “How to Speak Dog” by Stanley Coren.
We hope this information helps! Have you ever been bitten by a dog or avoided being bitten by using some of these precautions? Let us know in the comments, below!
Pets: An Hour with Them a Day Keeps You Healthy Today
No matter if it is five minutes or five hours a day, being around your dog or cat is a great way to improve your health on a daily basis. We may be biased as pet sitters, but our clients agree…animals naturally give us that warm feeling inside. Your favorite companion can also make you extremely fit and help you keep it that way!
Our pets are natural mood boosters. It only takes a short period of time with them for you to feel less stressed and at ease. In essence, your body initially goes through changes that make a difference in your mood; the American Heart Association says that our heart rates slow down within just 10 seconds of touching one of our fur kids. That’s a great help to those with high blood pressure; many studies even go so far as to recommend patients who have the time and the means to adopt! (Find source) have shown that the interaction with pets assists in lowering blood pressure and heart rates.
Dogs especially help people achieve the physical activity they need to stay healthy.
They also strengthen us mentally and emotionally. Dogs, cats, birds… they help us lead a life free of depression, anxiety, and even asthma. Did you know that children who grew up with pets are less likely to have asthma? Besides their unconditional love and affection, pets give you as their owner a sense of determination, a purpose.
We believe in this purpose. We feel the urge to create a pet-friendly atmosphere that brings together love, energy, and companionship. Its just one of the many reasons why we feel the need to not only cherish your adorable loved ones, but embrace them.
We pet sit for two fabulous little rescue dogs in Coral Gables: Sadee and Sophee. Their dad enlists our pet sitting help once a week when he’s away, and also makes sure to schedule nice long dog walks for his favorite gals.
They are lovable, beautiful little girls, as you can see! We’ve worked hard on their leash etiquette, as both of them are very strong, independent females. We love a dog with personality, and these two have plenty! They are also full of love for each other: they eat out of the same bowl without problems and hang out together all day. It’s really a pleasure to be their friends!
Almost every dog we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting lives for long walks around their neighborhood, sniffing at the day’s news (i.e., other dogs’ leavings). They really love getting out of the house, taking in new stimuli, and socializing.
We love taking dogs for walks around neighborhoods like Coral Gables because the area is downright gorgeous. There are many shady, full-grown trees to block us from the heat, which is so important in Florida, as we mentioned in our post on the best practices in walking dogs in Miami. The homes are beautiful and historic, and the neighbors are very amiable. It really is one of the prettier neighborhoods in Miami.
Are you curious about whether our dog walking services would make your dog smile? Check out our dog walking packages and give us a call at 305-794-3733, or contact us via our online form. We’ll chat about your dog’s needs and set up a complimentary meet and greet to get you started!