Tag: leash pulling

Pet Sitter Bum Rushed By Unleashed Dog

There is never a dull moment while pet sitting in Mesa, AZ.  We have a dog that we walk 3 times a week for the past 3 years.  Today was the first time we had ever been rushed by another dog.  Here is the scenario:

It’s hot, so I had the client’s dog swim in their pool for a good 10 minutes before we headed out for a short walk in the neighborhood.  We’ve been walking in this neighborhood, the same route, for about a year.  (Family moved since we started walking their dog).  Every time we walk, we walk by a house that has a large dog that barks at us through the window.  I never thought anything of it before…we just keep walking by and I keep my client’s dog attention away from the house so he doesn’t get all heated.

Today, however, proved to be a different experience.  As we walked by the house, we could hear the dog barking at us like normal.  But this time, the dog darted out the front door and rushed us.  As far as I could tell, the front door was open and the screen door was “closed”.  Or so we thought.  It seems that the screen door may not have been latched.  This dog was already heated when he darted out the front door at us.  He charged my client’s dog…I tried my best to stay composed and tell the other dog “No.”  I yelled at the dog and pulled my client’s dog away…trying to keep the other dog from sinking his teeth into my client’s dog.  Thankfully, the pet owner’s were home and the male came out running out of the house to get his dog.  By this time the two dogs were heavily mouthing each other and the unleashed dog would not back down.  As the pet owner tried unsuccessfully to grab his dog, I loudly said, “Grab his back legs, grab his back legs, grab his back legs.”  The owner finally was able to grab his dogs back legs and pull him to the ground long enough for us to walk out of sight.  I would have kept going, but I lost my shoes and sunglasses in the tussle.

As I waited for the owners to get their dog safely into their house I checked my client’s dog over to make sure there was no damage and assess the situation.  Thankfully, my client’s dog was not hurt.  The other dog owner grabbed my shoes and sunglasses, apologized profusely and said his dog has never done anything like that before, he is normally such a sweet friendly dog.  It’s clear that when his dog (or any dog)  is already heated he is a different dog.

We continued on a very short walk (mostly so I could calm down before taking him home), then went home to tell mom and dad what had happened.  I think I was more shook up than my client’s dog.

Moral of the story…please keep your dog secure at all times.  If anything had happened to my client’s dog, the burden would have fallen on the unleashed dog owner because he did not have his dog under control.

I am fine…my client’s dog is fine…the other dog is fine (as far as I know).  I will, however, no longer walk by that house again.

Pet Sitter’s Perspective on Dogs in Mesa Parks.

I LOVE taking my dogs to the park.  They love it too!  Did you know that all parks in Mesa are dog friendly?  That doesn’t mean they are all dog parks and dogs are allowed off the leash.  The City of Mesa has put together a great list of Doggie Do’s and Dont’s. So before you visit one of Mesa’s great parks with your pooch, be sure you know the rules and common courtesies.

Whether you are visiting one of the designated dog parks or not, owners are responsible for the behavior of their pet, requested to keep their dog under control and pick up after them.  Common sense tells us that not every PERSON is dog friendly. Even though you love your dog and your dog loves people, there may be people or kids around that are terrified of dogs.  Be respectful and keep your dog on a leash if NOT in a designated dog park.  No one wants to see your dog’s poo…so be prepared and bring some poop bags with you to clean up after your pet.

According to the Mesa City Code if you don’t want to follow the sate law and a park ranger catches you with your dog off leash, or not cleaning up after them, you can be convicted of a violation, be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) or by imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or by both fine and imprisonment.  IS IT WORTH IT?

Let’s all enjoy our city parks with respect and keep our dogs on leashes and pick up after them.  This will ensure fun for all for years to come!

What else would you like to see pet parents do when at the park with their dog?

Mesa Pet Sitter Interviews Dog Trainer

Does your dog pull on the leash?  Is your dog reactive on walks?  Getting a new dog and wonder what the best way is to introduce the new dog to your household?  Get answers to these questions and more in the video below.

On November 8th, 2013 Jenna Trethewey, Owner of Play Time Pet Care, interviews Kathrine Breeden, Canine Behavior Consultant with Be Kind To Dogs.  Kathrine answers many common questions Jenna’s pet sitting clients have asked her over the years and answers audience questions during this hour and a half long live Google+ Hangout.



Resources Mentioned During the Broadcast:

Pet Professional Guild

Kathrine Breeden’s Email Address

Kathrine Breeden’s Facebook Group Page

Google+ Live Broadcast Event Page

The Best and Worst Dog Leashes

Is the dog leash you are using potentially dangerous to you?

We love seeing dogs walking their people.  Often times when we see dogs out for walks with their people we see some things that could be potentially dangerous for the dog and their walker.  One of those things being the tool the walker is using to walk the dog.  Meaning…the leash.

In a recent Post by Columbia Animal Hospital, they showed the dangers of using a retractable leash.  Click the post link and see the image below.  This is just a small example of the damage a retractable leash can do.



I would have to say that the WORST leash you can use while walking your dog is a retractable leash.  As the post mentions, pet owners like them because the dogs LOVE them.  The dogs get to run ahead, sniff, fall behind then run ahead again.  Oh, sweet freedom.  The downside?  If an unleashed dog comes rushing at your dog, you may not have time to “reel” your dog in to avoid attack.  Then you go into panic mode and the above could happen to you.  This person’s finger was sliced nearly to the bone. Retractable leashes can also break, where the retractable mechanism doesn’t work anymore.   In the desert, during snake season, you have no control over where your dog sticks his nose.  You are putting your dog at risk of being bitten.

After seeing this article, it spiked a conversation between my sitters and I.  Here is what our sitters said about leashes…

“I like just a basic nylon leash or a leather leash. I feel like I have more control with the dog and I also like traffic leashes, a very short leash, I can keep my dog at a heel at all times :)” – Melissa

“I like leather leashes. I feel like leather is strong but also has a little flexibility. It is harder to get cut with a nice leather leash.” – Tami

In our dog walking experience, here are the top 3 leashes we like to use:
#1  Nylon

#2  Leather

#3  Traffic leashes – or similarly, the nylon long leash with a secondary traffic leash handle.

What kind of leash do you use to walk your dog?