As a Mesa pet sitter I am provided with plenty of opportunities to educate pet parents and the general public about how to prevent dog bites when working with shy and fearful dogs. Jenna Trethewey, owner of Play Time Pet Care, says “It’s important to recognize the signs of fear and anxiety in dogs.”
Here are some obvious signs that a dog is shy or fearful. Some people may not recognize a dog is fearful or anxious if the dog is exhibiting signs of the slight cower.
Some other signs that aren’t so obvious to the average person that isn’t familiar with dog body language are:
Pet sitting in Mesa has given me plenty of opportunity to observe all of these behaviors. I know that just because a dog is wagging their tail it doesn’t mean it’s happy. When we are meeting with new dogs we see these behaviors all the time.
Some behaviors that might not make sense:
Get to know dog body language. It’s a pet parent’s responsibility to know their dog’s behaviors and keep others safe from it. If you know your dog is food aggressive, keep kids away from their food dish. If you know your dog is shy and fearful around new people, consult with a professional dog trainer to learn ways to help your dog feel less anxious and how to teach others how to approach, or not approach, your dog.
For more information on dog body language and bite prevention contact us at 480-292-9735 or via email at jenna@PlayTimePetCareAZ.com.
Have you ever thought about the cleaning products you use in your home and what affect they have on your pets? I stopped using harsh chemicals on my floors because my dogs couldn’t stay off of them long enough for the tile to dry and they lay on the tile to cool off and now, my little man, Nugget, eats his breakfast and dinner off the floor (that’s a story for another time).
My first purchase was a steam cleaner for my tile. The steam cleans and sanitized my tile at the same time while providing a safe environment for my dogs. The next step was looking into Green cleaning supplies like Melaleuca, but that required purchasing a minimum amount of products every month or becoming a representative, neither of which I was interested in. So…the next best thing? Hiring a cleaning company that uses the products. This is a quadruple win for me! I hate cleaning my house, work so much that when I do have down time the last thing I want to do is clean. I don’t have to worry about the products they are using in my home and whether they are safe for my dogs or not. I can continue working and viola…my house is clean. Ok, that was only 3 wins…but you get my point 🙂
Who is this cleaning company that uses Green cleaning supplies, is great with my dogs and people I can trust inside my home? Going Greenhouse, that’s who! April and her crew showed up for my first deep clean on time, met my dogs and allowed them to follow around and “help”. They had no issue with me leaving them inside while they did their work and actually played with them for a bit. I did make it very clear that my dogs were a part of my family and they were not going to be sequestered outside while they did their job. Besides, it’s way to hot out for that.
If you are looking for a great cleaning company, that uses Green products (safe for you kids and pets) I highly recommend Going Greenhouse.
In our last article, 10 Signs of Animal Abuse, we gave you the signs of animal abuse to watch for. Now, we need to know what to do if we suspect animal abuse.
It is important to report animal abuse to your local agency because many times the only way they find out about animal cruelty is from a concerned citizen. Without tips from the community many animals will remain in abusive situations, mute and unable to defend themselves.
You may be wondering if you can remain anonymous while reporting abuse. The answer is YES. It is just important that the abuse is reported.
In Arizona, you must report animal abuse to your local law enforcement agency. If you witness or suspect an act of animal cruelty in your community, contact your local police department’s non-emergency line. On a county island, please call the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office at (602) 876-1011.
You can also contact the Arizona Humane Society online and fill out an abuse form. You may remain anonymous in your reporting.
Your Mesa pet sitter offers tips on how to keep your home safe while you are on vacation. Pet sitters at Play Time Pet Care take our jobs very seriously. Not only are we responsible for caring for your pets as you would when you are not home we also look after your home. We got some tips from our insurance agency so we knew what to do to make your home appear lived in even when you are not there.
Here are some questions that were asked of an ex burglar and his answers to each.
FACT: According to the Insurance Information Institute, the majority of home break-ins occur during the prime vacation months of July and August.*
Q: What’s the first thing you do to get inside?
A: “I head straight for the front door. I always knock, just in case. If you’re home, I’ll ask for directions or make up some other excuse. If you’re not, I’ll try to pick your lock. If you want me to avoid your house, make it look like someone’s home. Turn up the TV or radio. Park a car in the driveway.”
FACT: According to a survey of convicted burglars, 70% prefer to use the front door.**
Q: What about doors and door locks?
A: “I pick whatever takes the least time. So if I see a double lock, especially with a dead bolt, I’ll skip the house and move on to one with a single lock. A flimsy door that’s not hardwood or metal is a piece of cake to get into. I can kick the door down.”
FACT: According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds in the U.S.***
Q: If I have a sign that says “Beware of Dog,” will that stop you?
A: “That’s a giveaway that you don’t have an alarm system, so boom! I’m in. Besides, it tells me there might be a doggie door in the back of the house. I’ve gotten in that way a hundred times.”
FACT: A Rutgers University study scientifically proved that 30-40% of burglars tend to avoid homes with burglar alarm systems.****
Q: What if I come home while you’re inside?
A: “There’s an old trick. I put a bottle or broomstick on the handle of the front door. If the bottle breaks or the broom drops, I know you’ve come home.”
Q: So what do you go for first on the inside?
A: “The small, high-ticket stuff—jewelry, credit cards, keys—the grab-and-run items. I look for bank statements because they tell me about your habits, and the better I know you, the better my chances for a heist. I’m also sizing up the bigger stuff you have. When it looks like the coast is clear again, I’ll be back for the TV, computers and antiques.”
FACT: If you’ve had the misfortune of being robbed once, your chance of being robbed again is higher.†
Q: Do burglars ever hit the same house twice?
A: “You bet, especially if you don’t get your locks changed right away. When people come home after a burglary and the house is a complete wreck, the last thing they think about is their keys. People are more worried about the expensive or sentimental stuff that’s missing. I take the keys, and after a few days, I come back because odds are the locks haven’t been changed yet.”
With all that being said:
Leaving the radio or tv on isn’t necessarily for your pets entertainment. Although they may get a kick out of it, or not care at all, it may be the one thing that will save your home from being robbed.
A good burglar will know how to handle a dog and will probably befriend them while they are taking your personal belongings, so lock up the dog door and have your sitter come more often. It’s cheaper in the long run.
Whether you have an alarm system or not, it’s a good idea to put an alarm companies stickers or yard signs by your front door.
Don’t make your home an easy target!
* usatoday.com; iii.org
†† crimestoppers-uk.org; fnnc.org; easier.com
At Play Time Pet Care our pet sitters provide snout to tail assessments (as long as the pet will allow) for our clients. Our main objective is to ensure your pet is happy and healthy while you are away. Part of knowing if you pet is healthy is by performing regular snout to tail assessments.
Our pet sitters are certified in Pet CPR & First Aid which offers us the knowledge and experience to manage health issues. We begin by getting to know your pet and allowing them to become calm enough for us to hang out on the floor with them without being clobbered with kisses and playful nudges. Then we begin with the snout to make sure it isn’t dry and cracked, then check out their breath to ensure it isn’t stinky, we move on to the ears feeling the exterior for abnormalities and checking the interior for infection and general cleanliness. We move down the body to check for lumps and bumps, recording the size and placement of any findings. We’ll check the spine, legs and tail.
Of course on our very first visit we won’t know what is normal or not, so we keep the assessment in our file and on every new contracted visit we will re-evaluate to see if we notice any changes. We alert the pet parent of any changes that we have found just to bring it to their attention. If we happen to find an ear infection we will do our best to start cleaning the ear and let the pet parent know about it on their return so they can continue treatment until the infection is cleared up.
What a great way to ensure your pets health…by having a pet sitter that is certified in Pet CPR & First Aid take care of your pets while you are away.
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My 3 year old Cocker Spaniel is the most persnickety pet I’ve ever had. All pets have their quirks, but Nugget seems to have so many. It does give him character and his quirks make me laugh. Some of them also make my head hurt.
He is a dog that doesn’t like change. For instance, if we drape a t-shirt over the baby gate and he doesn’t see us do it, once he notices it he will bark like there is an intruder in our house. If we change his water/food bowl, he will stare at it like it’s an alien and won’t eat.