Why Do Puppies nip?

Since puppies are born without hands, the only way they have to explore the world is with their mouths.  And you may have noticed that your puppy is quite the explorer.  Everything goes into those little mouths, including your fingers, and those baby teeth are like little needles.  Ouch!

It's completely normal for puppies in their litters to bite each other in play.  When they engage in this "bitey-face" game, they learn a little about how to inhibit the strength of their biting.  If one puppy bites another too hard, that puppy probably will yelp and stop playing.  If that happens enough times, the biter learns to apply less pressure.

But puppies are covered with fur and we're not.  The same level of bite pressure that is appropriate during puppy play can hurt us and even break the skin.  The inhibition they learn in the litter helps, but it's usually not enough to teach young puppies how to properly interact with humans. 

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How To Travel Safely With Your Pet

We are all accustomed to car safety rules and devices for ourselves and our children. Seatbelt laws are commonplace and air bags are found in virtually every production vehicle in the US. Sometimes however, we forget to apply the same principles and safeguards when we are traveling with or transporting our pets. An unrestrained pet in a moving vehicle can distract you, preventing you from driving safely and greatly increasing the likelihood of an accident. In an emergency situation an unrestrained pet can not only be seriously injured but can also cause injuries to you and other passengers. The American Automobile Association estimates that unrestrained pets inside vehicles cause 30,000 car accidents every year.  Even if an accident doesn’t result, many thousands of injuries are suffered by unrestrained pets in vehicles thrown around or from the car in a sudden stop or turn.

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Be Safe - Dog Bite Safety & Education

Did You Know?

  • Half of all children bitten by dogs are under the age of 12.
  • Most dog bites are by the family dog or dogs known to the person.
  • Most dog bites are preventable.
  • A dog bite can happen very quickly. There are numerous reasons why dogs bite. For example, the dog may be un­sure of the situation, want space, feel scared or threatened, be protecting his food or toys, be feeling ill or be in pain. Safety is paramount for both children and dogs and by following a few tips you can reduce the likelihood of these un­fortunate incidents. Most importantly, never put children and dogs in a situa­tion where their safety is in question.
  • Be aware of the potential dangers – even if it is the family dog.
  • Be responsible – provide active supervision at all times.

Download your Dog Bite Safety Resource here.

The Pet Owner Guide to Choosing the Right Trainer for Your Dog

Unlike some professions, there is currently no single ethical standard and no centralized or government licensing board for dog trainers and behavior consultants. As a result, consumers face a confusing landscape of philosophies and marketing language. The following suggestions will help dog owners find a competent, ethical trainer and keep their pet(s) safe.

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