Tag: dog welfare

Don’t Let Your Dog Fly out of a car: Photo Friday

By Deborah Taylor-French

Flying dogs? No, I am not talking of soaring canines, racing off diving platforms after tossed toys. I love watching dogs in action. Mutts racing and jumping for fly balls and agility competing hounds that run through tunnels and climb steep ramps.

This week I reblogged on seat belts for dogs because I want to make our world safer for drivers, car passengers, and dogs in cars. And if your dog loves sticking his head out a window while he rides, it is far safer to strap him in then open a window just a few inches.

Keep your dog safe by buckling  him up-every time.

Each year thousands of Americans die in car crashes. Half of them did not have to die. Three-seconds would have saved their lives.

They just needed to fasten their seat belts.

So simple to do. Snap on a seat belt.

Seat belts can save your dog’s life too. They are easy to locate and buy on the Internet, at feed stores, and at pet shops. When I bought Sydney’s, I  purchased one with a money back guarantee so we could see if it fix and worked right.

In this photograph see his black seat belt also functions as a harness (in case I forget to pack one).

Please share. Help Sydney and me save dogs’ lives. Thanks!

Sid on leash

Go fetch Buckle Up Fido, Snoopy and Spot 

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Puppy Mill Awareness Day

In brief, Puppy Mills hurt dogs in several ways. Puppy Mills promote negative genetic traits, keep breeder dogs in inhumane conditions and sell puppies that often are ill or die soon after being purchased.

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Read about The National Mill Dog Rescue

This post was inspired by this article.  http://www.examiner.com/dog-behavior-in-san-francisco/puppy-mill-awareness-day-hopes-to-educate-the-public?CID=examiner_alerts_article

Big Box Pet Store Stops Selling Puppies

Good news for Canadian dogs and animal lovers. Instead of selling puppies, PJ’s Pets will be supporting dog adoption education and adoption events. This break through moment offers a model for humane treatment of pet dogs and a solution to the killing of half of all dogs who are sold then dumped on animal shelters where (due to not enough adoptive homes) their lives end.

To read the full article click the link to Pet Stores Not Selling Puppies? PJ’s Pets Ditches Puppy Sales For Adoption http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/pet-stores-not-selling-puppies_n_930485.html?ref=email_share

No More Death By Collar

Do not risk dogs’ lives putting pressure or force on their throats.

Three ways dog collars pose risks to dogs’ lives.

  1. Collars catch on crates, fence wires, wooden decks and other dogs’ teeth, strangling any dog that wears a collar.
  2. Some dogs have pre-existing problems, like chronic bronchitis or collapsing trachea. Yanking on a collar jeopardizes these dogs’ lives. Dogs suffocate and die from lack of oxygen.
  3. Small dogs and toy breeds are most likely to suffer from a collapsing trachea, but they are not the only dogs that do.

Four things to avoid when your dog is wearing a collar.

  1. Never yank on the collar.
  2. Never chain or tie out a dog by a collar.
  3. Never leave your dog’s collar on when he is alone.
  4. Do not let your dog pull against his collar as you walk him.

Other Health Risks From Collars

  • Injury to a dog’s neck
  • Injury to a dog’s spine

Anatomy and physiology of animals Section through head of a dog

Dog Training And The Use Of Collars

Visit Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue

They advocate the use of quick release collars vs. buckle collars. They urge you to prevent choking and accidents to dogs with quick release collars and remind you, “Always remove your dog’s collar before you leave.”

Need help choosing collar options for your dog?

Visit Boxer World on Different Types Of Collars. This webpage displays good photos and explanations of different collars and harnesses “The best type of collar is no collar. Many trainers feel that the best training collar is no collar at all. If you start training on a collar, the dog may learn that it has to obey *only* when the collar is on. Collars are, at best, training tools – and at worst, crutches.” Julie Michaels  http://www.boxerworld.com/forums/view_different-types-of-collars.htm

Dog Training And The Use Of Collars

Kirsten Frisch is a dog trainer in Northern Carolina. She dubs her work with dogs as falling into the category of being hands off or force free.  She is an Alaskan Husky lover and a sled dog trainer.“Collars: No matter how strong or thick-headed your dog is, don’t let him pull you by his collar. He needs a harness. He can really hurt his neck and spine by pulling you and your bike via his collar.” Find Kirsten’s blog The Gentle Canine at http://www.gentlecanine.com/

Dog Sport Enthusiasts Beware When Biking Or Sledding With Your Dog

Visit Kirsten Frisch’s Alaskan Husky blog to view a proper pulling harness. http://www.alaskan-husky-behavior.com/bikejoring.html

I strongly suggest that you protect your dog’s health by using a harness or head leaders while walking your dog on a leash. And yes, we trained our dog Sydney not to pull on a leash, to heel, and to walk easily with us. For his safety and health, we never hook a leash to his collar.

For ID purposes, Microchips are best because if your dog gets lost without his collar and dog tags, you will get a call from the nearest animal shelter. My dog came already Microchipped to the shelter that rescued him. I know if Sydney ever gets lost and is turned into animal control or a shelter, I will get a phone call indicating where I can pick him up.

PETLVR COMMUNITY Alog and Forum Dog Collar Dangers http://petlvr.com/blog/2009/05/19/dog-collar-dangers and http://petlvr.com/blog/2009/05/19/dog-collar-dangers/http://www.ygrr.org/doginfo/safety-collars.html

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