Dog Park Safety and Etiquette

At Angels’ Eyes, we know our furry friends are part of the family. When we first bring them home we try our best to have everything in the house ready. We figure out the best ways to train them. For example, we teach them to not chew furniture and we house-break them. However, a problem that often occurs and most people forget is outdoor etiquette. Taking your dog to the park or out for a walk is a whole different experience than coming home. Don’t get scared, here are some dog safety tips you should follow if you are taking your pup to the dog park.

  • Just like you would check out a place for you before you attended. Check out the dog park before you bring your pup. Talk to other dog owners and ask them about the things they like. Make sure that you also see if the other dogs are friendly and if there are mostly big or small dogs or maybe a good mixture of both. At this time, make sure you also read the park rules and hours.
  • Remember the park rules you need to check out. Most, parks ask that all dogs are up to date on their vaccinations. Be sure to confirm with your veterinarian if your pup is good to go.
  • Once you check out the park and clear things off with your veterinarian, you can take your dog to the park. Attending the park after work or on the weekends may intimidate your four-legged friend. So, be sure to have your first trip to the park during low hours. This is a new experience for your dog, have it be fun one.
  • When you get to the park, and you see it’s safe to take your dog off the leash, do so right away. Most dogs show leash aggression when a dog is on a leash while others aren’t.
  • At the park, be alert and always keep an eye on your dog. Do not sit and read or take a call and walk away from your dog. The park is a perfect place to play with your them. So, if your dog doesn’t mind sharing, bring a toy. If they like to keep their toys to themselves, just bring some treats. Be sure to ask other owners before sharing those dogs treats.
  • There’s a chance that one of your trips to the park might not just be for play. You have to learn to recognize the difference between play and aggression. If a fight does break out, DO NOT get in the middle of it. Throw a sweater or some water to the brawlers. If your pup is not involved, take him out of the park for the day.

It is important to note that you try to have your dog meet with other dogs before you take them to the park. This is a safety step for your dog and for others. At that point, you will be able to see how your dog interacts with others. If your dog is too rough when they play, or if they’re intimidated by other dogs, they might need more interaction. Set up more visits with the same dogs before you take them to the park. Other than that, at Angels’ Eyes, we encourage you to remember all the dog park safety tips, fun and enjoy the day at the park with your furry friend.

Dog Walking Safety

Walking your dog is part of the responsibility that comes with being a dog owner. This task also requires you to have some training techniques in case you run into extreme weather conditions or walk at night. You want to make sure that you are using the right tools and have the proper knowledge when it comes to walking with your four-legged friend.  Here are some pet walking safety tips that will help you and bring awareness the next time that you are out for a stroll with your pup.

  1. Collar or harness
    The answer truly depends on your dog. For small breeds, such as Yorkshire terriers or Chihuahuas, harnesses are the best way to go. Collars tend to put more stress on the neck and the trachea. These small dogs are at a higher risk for tracheal collapse. However, some dogs just don’t like harnesses and will show that when the owner is trying to put on the harness. As for collars, you have to be aware and check that it is not too loose. Collars are easier to slip out, especially if you have a dog that fights the leash. Picking between a collar and a harness depends on the breed and your pets’ response towards you when it’s time for a walk.Dog Walking Safety - Collar or Harness?
  2. Encountering other dogs
    After some days of walking your dog, you’ll start to notice other dog walkers in your neighborhood or park. The best way to go about this is by following this pet walking safety tip. First of all, learn to be relaxed. The owner’s first instinct is to tighten up the leash. Nevertheless, this signals tension and send your dog the impression that something is wrong. In this case, the best you can do is loosen your grip, watch the behavior of both dogs, and ask the other walker or owner if it’s alright for the dogs to meet. Usually, people know their dog’s behavior. You’ll learn how your dog reacts and you’ll know what to do next time you’re out on your walk.Dog Walking Safety - Encountering Other Dogs
  3. Nighttime or extreme weather
    Walking your dog in either of these scenarios requires a little extra work from your part. During night walks, be alert for night creatures like raccoons or coyotes. If there’s a lot of traffic, make sure to take extra precautions. Use flashing lights and reflective gear for you and your furry friend. In extreme weather, you also need to be alert. During cold and icy winter days, make sure that you wipe their paws. Take a moment and check for redness, cuts or cracks. If needed use petroleum jelly and if your pet doesn’t mind, use dog booties. The other end of the spectrum is hot summer days. During this time, walk your dog on the grass and always have some water handy so your pup doesn’t get dehydrated.Dog Walking Safety - Nighttime or Extreme Weather

If you follow these tips, your walks with your dog will be more relaxing. Remember that your safety and your pet’s safety is important. Taking these tips and small precautions into consideration will grow the bond between you and your pet.

Pet Care Tips: Poisonous Foods for Dogs

There are a variety of foods in the world that are delicious, but just because we like them, doesn’t mean dogs should try them. The list of foods often varies based on breed, weight, and other contributing factors. We have made a list of the top five foods that are poisonous to all dogs. Whether you’re a new dog owner or doing some research for your peace of mind, we suggest you print this list or at least keep it nearby.

  1. CHOCOLATE: This food is talked about a lot. It is also a definite no-no for your furry little friend. Chocolate has caffeine, and that alone can cause some damage. Now if you add the theobromine and theophylline to the mix your pup can experience symptoms anywhere from panting and vomiting to diarrhea. In some cases, maybe all of these together and consequently damaging their heart and nervous systems.
  2. GRAPES and RAISINS: Most people are unaware that grapes and raisins can be toxic. As of today, the poisonous substance coming from grapes and raisins is still a mystery. What is known, however, is that they can cause great damage to the liver and kidney failure.
  3. NUTS: Almonds, pecans, and walnuts have high amounts of oils. These can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and in some breeds, it can create pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are also dangerous; symptoms usually appear within 12 hours and have more risks than other nuts. They can cause depression, weakness, tremors, and hyperthermia.
  4. XYLITOL: This is a sweetener usually used in products like gum, candy, and some baked goods. Though humans have no reaction to xylitol, dogs, on the other hand, can experience vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, and an increase in insulin. A small amount of Xylitol can be harmful, and your dog may have seizures, liver failure and in some cases death.
  5. YEAST: Just like yeast rises in bread, it can expand your dog’s belly. In some cases, just a bit of it can cause gas and discomfort for several hours. In others cases, yeast can expand the stomach and intestines causing them to twist or rupture. Too much yeast intake can turn into a trip to the vet.

There are other foods out there that are harmful to your dog but these are high on the list. We suggest that for your dog’s safety you give them dog food. It is designed to boosts and complements their dietary needs. We understand that pet care is a priority that is why our dog safety tips are always a click away.

 

Pet Care Tips: Poisonous Foods for Dogs