Doggie Safety and Etiquette Program
Once again, Trap Falls had a successful outing this past Fall, when President Laura Wells and club member Dona Campbell, along with her registered therapy dogs, Ricki and Hana put their best paws (and feet) forward as they presented a program on Doggie Safety and Etiquette to a Brownie troop in Weston. The girls got to participate in the demonstrations and both kids and Moms asked a lot of good questions about training. This is part of Trap Falls' ongoing public education effort to inform groups and organizations about safety and etiquette around dogs.
HUMMELSTOWN, Pa., May 16, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is hosting its annual Dog Bite Prevention Week in order to bring awareness to the almost 5 million dog bites that occur per year across the nation.
Teaching children how to interact with dogs—even if you don't own one—can go a long way in preventing injury. Kids aged 5-9 years old are most often the ones injured, and usually the dog that bit them is not a stranger. The AVMA estimates that of the children under the age of 18 who have been bitten, family dogs are responsible for 30% of the bites, while the neighbor's dog is resonsible for another 50% of the bites.
PVMA veterinarian Dr. Bryan Langlois recommends, "Always prevent toddlers and young children from playing around or going near your dog's food and water bowl. Some dogs can become food possessive and bite or attack your child in defense of his/her food. The same caution should be taken with toys, treats, or rawhides."
Tips from the AVMA include:
• Carefully select your pet. Puppies should not be obtained on impulse.
• Make sure your pet is socialized as a puppy so it feels relaxed around people and animals.
• Don't put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased.
• Train your dog. Basic commands help dogs understand what is expected of them and can be incorporated into fun activities that build a bond of trust.
• Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation.
• Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug-of-war.
• Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.
• Keep your dog vaccinated against rabies and preventable infectious diseases. Parasite control and other health care are important because how your dog feels affects how it behaves.
• Neuter your pet.
• Make sure gates are secure.
For more information on dog bite prevention, visit http://www.avma.org/public_health/dogbite/ for helpful tips and resources for the whole family.
|Two members from the Kennel Club came with their Therapy dogs (certified by Therapy Dogs International) as over 20 families and a team of West Highland White Terriers and Brittany Spaniels listened attentively to dog stories. Dona Campbell and Chris Durgin who brought their Canine companions, explained to the young audience the Do’s and Don’ts of approaching strange dogs and demonstrated obedience and tricks. After the reading session, the eager young listeners were allowed to pet and sit with the attention-loving dogs.|
|LVGW is on a roll with this very successful pilot program. LVGW Executive Director Tina Agati, and accompanying Program Director, Vanessa Vowe, started this family literacy program, which features specific letters and books/themes each month. Youngsters and their parents are invited to come and listen to stories on the designated theme, in hopes of encouraging reading and discovery.|
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