Coyote Alert: Avoid Walking Pets Under 10 Pounds at Dusk and Dawn
Coyotes are a danger to dogs being walked
Coyotes are moving from hunting and killing feral cats to small dogs. The Trapper Guy of Tampa Bay states that he is receiving a call a month to come to the New Tampa area to trap coyotes that have grabbed, killed and eaten small dogs. Common facts to the incidents are walking the dog at dusk or dawn and more importantly using a retractable leash. Apparently using a retractable leash is the same as using your dog for fishing bait, except the coyote is the fish. If your dog is attacked survival is highly unlikely. Courteous Canine, Inc. advocates against the use of retractable leashes (they cause rope burns and make controlling your dog difficult) but now there is another reason not to use them they could be a factor in causing the death of your pet. Courteous Canine, Inc. also recommends that small dogs not be left outside unsupervised and that dusk and dawn potty times be on leash only.
Happy SAFE walking, The Staff of Courteous Canine, Inc.
Courteous Canine, Inc. offers in home pet care, dog training and boarding in the Tampa, FL area. Contact us at www.CourteousCanine.com
Ideal dog training involves providing lots of chew toys, just be sure they don’t make your dog sick!
Tampa Dog News: Bully Sticks Pose Dog Health Risk
Dog treat made from bull penis may pose health risks
Bully Sticks are a favorite for many dogs, please note the article here that explains it may pose health risks for our dogs. I know that at least one of my dogs consistently got explosive diarrhea when I let him have bully sticks so we had to eliminate them as a chewy a few years ago.
If something, even intermittently causes diarrhea in your dog, please check with your vet!
Happy chewing, The Staff of Courteous Canine, Inc. The DogSmith of Tampa!
There is some new information available to dog owners. A dog owner who’s dog was severely injured in a car accident arranged for some DOG crash test dummy testing. Please take a moment to watch this video and consider crating your dog while driving!
Resource guarding is a common issue and one that responds very well to behavior modification. While every case is individual generally a detailed counter conditioning program is very effective. things that do not work and can actually make the dog more dangerous are: throwing things at the dog, shouting at dog, or hitting. Resource guarding is about fear so to truly modify the problem you need to address the fear. An excellent resource on this topic is Jean Donaldson’s book “Mine!”.