Responsible Dog Owners- We all need to play a part

Spirit of the Okami Responsible Dog Owners 101 – Out in Public

 

Often, I tell dog owners that we need to make sure we are responsible. As dog owner’s we have little rights, and pleasures we can take part in with our dogs are few for now. Here are some common things that all dog owners should go over and remember.

 Out for a walk: Do I have extra poop bags- It’s the law. If your dog poops on your walk clean it up and make sure you have extra bags, seeing some dogs poop multiple times in one walk. If you see someone else’s poop and have extra room in your poop bag, PICK IT UP. It may not be yours, but it will be you and the rest of us who lose rights to walk in that area with our dog if not maintained. Poop from a sick dog can and will pass onto a healthy dog, and the sickness can last up to 9 months! Keep your area clean and keep your dog’s healthy.. Give a woof and clean up after you and your dog!

Leashing your dog: Many things can happen with an off leash dog. Unwanted confrontations with pedestrians, children, other dogs, or other animals are on the list, and they may all not end that pleasant. In addition, if you have your dog off leash and he/she is running around, you may not see where he or she is pooping or control where they are peeing. Example of this: we as dog owners may not be welcome to walk through Concord cemetery’s due to owners letting their dogs off leash and letting them pee/poop on grave stones, and all the while not pick it up! This has already happened for beaches in N.H. We can’t even take our dogs to some of the best beaches! Keep an eye on your dog, and keep him or her leashed at ALL times.

Everyone loves your dog: This is not always the case. Having a leash will make sure your dog doesn’t jump up on people, but if your dog is in training you may want to ask people not to touch your dog! This will protect your dog if he/she is afraid of other humans and also train your dog that they don’t need attention from every human being. Some people also really don’t understand the dog language and your dog may not want to be touched at that time. Stick up for your dog, and do not worry what others may think when you ask them not to touch.

 My Dog loves every dog: Far from it, while your dog may get along with many others, there will be some dogs that yours just doesn’t feel right around. Learn your dog’s body language heck learn what they are trying to tell you dogs have their own language and many dog owners do not look into this.. This leads to fights that could have been avoided!

 Fix or not to Fix: It doesn’t hurt to fix your dog, for a variety of reasons. But if you’re a dog owner who wishes to keep your dog how he or she was born, you need to be responsible!! Your dog should never be left alone in public, and a female in heat should NEVER be off leash. You don’t want your dog coming home pregnant!

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Dog park 101 what we all need to remember!

Spirit of the Okami

Dog Park’s 101 – Do’s and Don’ts

Yes, it is true! We have places that our furry family member can go off leash and play!  However, there are some tips and rules that should be followed at all times!  There is a reason that there are rules, and not paying attention to them can cause your dog, or yourself, potential harm. This is meant as a resourceful guide to protect you and your dog.

1:  Do not let your dog drink out of water bowls at a dog park!  There are sicknesses that can be spread through those bowls and you do not know when or how they were cleaned.

2:  Kennel cough:  It has been on the rise and this sickness can stay on a surface easily up to 6 months, and ANY surface can carry it (yes, especially a parks dog bowls).  Have your dog vaccinated every six months in order to stay safe.

3:  “My small dog loves big dogs” is a common statement among dog owners. A good number of big dogs may love small dogs, but quite a few may easily hate your little dog too.  Dog parks usually have large dog/small dog areas for a reason, and it’s just not out of preference!  Protect your animal and use the proper park for your sized pooch.

4:  While it’s great to chat with dog owners at a park, DO NOT take your eyes off your dog! While things may be going fine, just one wrong move can set off dog fights.  You’re there primarily for your dog!  People come second!

5: Smokers, please properly dispose of cigarettes. If you toss it anywhere, dogs WILL eat them, and potentially get sick.

6: Clean up after your dog. You need to know where it left its “present” in order to be a good, responsible dog owner! No one want’s a messy shoe (or paw).

7:  If it’s your first time at the park, do not rush your dog into it. He/she may be scared, whether you notice the signs or not. Be patient, and pay attention to your dog’s feelings. It can save stress down the road!

8: If you see a new dog trying to come in, remove your dog from the entry way as this can help the new owner and his/her dog enter without a hassle. It will take away any chance of a fight breaking out. Dog’s need their personal space.

9:  If your dog is hackling (hair standing up on back) do not take your dog into the park right away. This is a KEY sign that your dog is not feeling comfortable and is about to snap.  Give your dog a time out to relax him or her before entering the park.

10:  If your dog is starting to push other dogs around, your dog may need a time out, or it’s time to leave the park all together.  If your dog starts a dog fight, another dog could be hurt, which means you will be paying the vet bills (and no one want’s that!).  If a human gets bitten, your dog can get in serious trouble, and in extreme cases, be euthanized. No one want’s that to happen, so pay attention to your dog’s temperament, as well as the dog’s surrounding him/her.

Follow the rules at the dog park. They’re for your safety, and your dogs!