Posted in Bloggies on May 23, 2012 by Emily West
Did you know that approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year and children are the most likely victims? May 15 through May 21 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. We, at DogWatch of Columbus, feel it is extremely important to not only train your dog, but train your children as to the do’s and do not’s of dog safety.
We’ve compiled our 19 years of working with dogs into a few tips below that can help keep your children safe. Check out these tips and be sure to share them with your kids. Who knows, it might prevent one of them from being bitten some day. Teach your children:
- To never approach a dog they don’t know. Be especially wary if the dog is behind a physical fence. Never tease a dog that is behind a fence.
- To always ask the owner before they pet a dog. Teach them to then ask how the dog prefers to be petted (behind the ears, on his back, etc).
- To slowly put their hand in front of the dog’s nose before they pet a dog. This way the dog can get their scent and it will help to put the dog at ease.
- To never put their face in the face of an unknown dog. Bites to the face are the most heartbreaking.
- To never attempt to hug or pick up a dog. On the opposite side, never attempt rough play with a dog your don’t know.
- To avoid eye contact with an unknown dog as in dog talk that means a challenge of authority.
- To always approach a dog so they can see you. Never “surprise” a dog from behind as a scared dog is more likely to bite or nip, if only for self defense.
- Signs that a dog may not want to be approached. An unapproachable dog may have his ears back, the hair on his neck may be raised, his teeth may be showing, and he may be growling or skittish.
- The signs of a friendly dog. A wagging tail, tongue lolling out of his mouth, a dog “smile” if you will, eagerness to interact, and ears perked are all signs that a dog is ready to be approached, so long as permission has been granted by the owner.
- To never approach a dog that is off leash without an owner present. This is doubly important if the dog appears skittish, aggressive or confused. Tell them to find an adult immediately so that the adult can call animal control.
- To never to run from a dog even if it is charging them. It is far better (though harder) to stop and stand with your arms in and head down. Avoid eye contact so that the dog does not feel threatened. The child will no longer seem like a threat to a dog if they are still and quiet and the hope is they will not attack. If the child continues to run, the dog will pursue until the “prey” is caught.
- A tip from one of our customers, Bridgett Shoemaker, who is an avid runner. While running, slow to a walk if you are approaching a dog on a run. Dogs get nervous when someone is running towards them and should relent if the runner approaches more slowly and avoids eye contact.
Obviously, it is important to properly socialize and train your dog as well, but we feel it is just as important to teach your kids about other dogs because you never know how well other dogs have been trained.
We hope this helps educate you and your family and helps to create awareness during National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Please call us at 614-527-3799 or contact us if you have any questions.
Posted in Bloggies on April 22, 2012 by Emily West
Earth Day is a good reminder for us to help take care of our planet. And as a dog owner, you have some unique opportunities to do just that.
We've listed below a few pet-friendly tips that will help lesson your carbon “paw print”, if you will.
- Make dog toys from used items in your house such as old towels or old t-shirts.
- Use cleaning solutions that are green – good for the planet and good for your pup.
- Plant some trees in your yard that your whole family, Fido and Mother Earth are sure to enjoy.
- Make a pet waste compost. We found a fantastic You Tube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8UlP_V_6O4) that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make one. Dog poo is very biodegradable if disposed of properly and will eventually make great dirt for your non-edible plants.
- Finally, you could adopt a shelter dog.
- Feed your dog homemade dog treats or fresh veggies from your own garden or locally grown produce.
- Install a DogWatch Hidden Fence...seriously! Our collars have a battery life of 2 years (compared to the standard 3-4 months) so we're contributing far fewer batteries to the landfills. Plus, a hidden fence consumes far fewer resources than a traditional metal or wood fence.
We’d love to hear about your Earth Day endeavors and we hope that they last all year long. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Posted in Bloggies on April 04, 2012 by Emily West
The Easter holiday is a great time for reflection and family gatherings, Easter dresses and baskets, and bunnies and …dogs? Yes, our pets are part of our Easter celebration and need to be kept in mind during the festivities. We wanted to point out some obvious and some maybe not so obvious potential dangers over the Easter weekend.
1. As most people already know, chocolate is very toxic to dogs. That being said, be sure to keep Easter baskets out of reach of sniffing noses. There are some sweeteners that are also harmful to dogs and ingested candy wrappers are no good for them either. So basically it’s best to just avoid giving or letting a dog reach the Easter candy altogether.
2. Easter grasses in the basket is a long standing tradition and let’s face it, baskets may just not seem complete without them. However, dogs will see grasses much differently than we do. To them it’s an irresistible treat begging to be munched. Once ingested it can cause intestinal problems, choking hazards, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Do your pet a favor and skip the grasses or be sure they stay in the baskets and well out of reach of your pet.
3. Easter eggs (both plastic and real) are an obvious “must” for the Easter celebrations. But dogs might see the plastic eggs as a treat for them and obviously ingested shards of plastic are never good. As for real eggs, a fresh hard boiled egg can be a real and safe treat for your dog. However, if your dog finds that “missing” egg leftover from the Easter egg hunt days later is not such a treat. Eating a rotten egg is just as disgusting for a dog as it would be for a human. Be sure you keep track of all eggs and hiding places to make sure they are all accounted for and back in the fridge when the festivities are done.
4. Although we all love to celebrate with our dogs on Holidays, giving them leftovers are not the way to do it. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs and others are prone to conditions such as Pancreatitis, which can be exacerbated by “people food”. Keep a dog in their regular habits and stick with the foods they typically eat. Although they may beg for more, they’ll thank you for it later.
5. As we shared with our Christmas blog, be sure all company is aware that you have a dog and/or make sure your dog is invited to come with you if you are doing the traveling. Not only is taking the necessary precautions common courtesy, it will also save everyone, including your dog unnecessary stress and anxiety during this already busy weekend.
We hope everyone enjoys their Easter weekend and everyone, including the family pup stays safe, healthy and happy.
Posted in Bloggies on March 10, 2012 by Emily West
Do dogs deserve a hero's recognition?
We recently became aware of the effort to make K9 Veterans Day a national holiday. Apparently, the bill has already been adopted in New Jersey, Florida and Tennessee but not in the remaining states.
Joe White is the late founder of this holiday. He was an honored Vietnam Vet and dog trainer that recognized the need to honor our fallen four-legged companions. He knew the sacrifices and deeds performed by all types of service dogs, be it military, companion, airport, police, customs, F.B.I., etc, deserved recognition without prejudice.
What was most striking to us in the research on this topic was the continued emphasis that dogs serve us in all capacities to help human beings. Whether it be to sniff out bombs, to find survivors in wreckage, to guard our boundaries or simply to help us across the street, dogs serve to ultimately save human lives. Now how is that not worthy of recognition?
We mean no disrespect by this lens. On the contrary, we feel all aspects of military service by soldiers and their families deserve the utmost respect and gratitude from the civilian population. We just mean to raise awareness for the working dogs that need care, shelter and funds after their service is completed. All Veterans should be honored and appreciated when their service is complete.
What do you think? Please feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.
Posted in Bloggies on February 24, 2012 by Emily West
We will be at the Central Ohio Home and Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center from February 25 - March 4 (see below for days and times). We'll be offering show specials and have goodies available for those that mention our blog or Facebook post. We'd love to see both existing and potential customers, so please stop by and see us. We're in booth number 451, which is located near the food court in the main building. We hope to see you and your family there!
Saturday, February 25 - 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, February 26 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Monday, February 27 - Closed
Tuesday, February 28 - Noon - 9:00pm
Wednesday, February 29 - Noon - 9:00pm
Thursday, March 1 - Noon - 9:00pm
Friday, March 2 - Noon - 9:00pm
Saturday, March 3 - 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, March 4 - 10:00am - 6:00pm