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Update on TV Anchor Bitten by Rescued Dog During Live Broadcast and Max the Dog Who Bit Her

    KUSA Reports: Max, the Dog Who Bit Anchor Kyle Dyer ‘Most Likely’ Will Not Be Put Down I say thank goodness and animals lovers, lets make sure he is not but down.  This poor dog was first traumatized falling into the icy water, went through a rescue and then was paraded around on TV on a set that probably made him nervous. 

    I feel great sympathy for Kyle Dyer, who has gone through reconstructive surgery, and my prayers are with her for a full recovery, but common sense dictates that you don’t put your face against the face of a dog you hardly know, especially one that has been traumatized.

    KUSA sent reporter Chris Vanderveen to the Denver Animal Shelter on Thursday to check up on Max, short for "Gladiator Maximus", the 85-pound Argentine Mastiff that bit anchor Kyle Dyer. The dog is currently under quarantine following the on-air bite.

    In a story that lead KUSA’s evening newscasts on Thursday, the shelter’s director told Vanderveen that Max will “most likely” not be put down.

    “One of the things that Max has going for him is that it appears that this is his first bite,” the shelter’s director, Doug Kelley, said.

    Recounting the incident in his story, Vanderveen emphasized the potentially stressful circumstances surrounding the bite (it was less than 24 hours after Max was rescued from icy waters and occurred under bright studio lights) as well as the fact that Dyer got “close, really close” to the dog.

    Max is currently under a 10-day quarantine. His fate will be decided at the end of the quarantine period.

    Max’s owner released the following statement on Thursday:

    The past two days have been incredibly difficult for our family. We are truly saddened that Kyle Dyer of 9NEWs was injured during a celebratory interview following Max’s rescue. Our family and friends pray for a quick recovery and look forward to seeing Ms. Dyer back on-air soon.

    The only reason we agreed to do the interview following Max’s rescue was to show how truly grateful we are for the life-saving rescue of Max by Tyler Sugaski and the crew from Lakewood Fire Department Station No. 12.

    There’s been a tremendous amount of interest in Max’s story. However, there has been some misinformation reported by some news media and on the Internet about Max.

    For the record, Max is current in his vaccinations. Max has no history of aggression. Max is a gentle, loving, family dog. Max is well mannered and obedient and he hardly barks. This incident truly is unfortunate and does not reflect Max’s disposition towards people.

    (Full statement here).

    Denver TV Anchor Kyle Dyer Bitten by Rescued Dog During Live Broadcast

    Denver TV news anchor Kyle Dyer was bitten by a dog during a live broadcast Wednesday morning. (Image source: YouTube)

    Editor’s note: the video below has been updated.

    A Denver television news anchor was injured Wednesday after she was bitten in the face by a dog during a live broadcast.

    Kyle Dyer of Denver’s 9NEWS was conducting an interview about the rescue of Max, an 85-pound mastiff that fell through an icy lake Tuesday while chasing a coyote, the Denver Post reported. Firefighter Tyler Sugaski, secured by a life line, put on a wetsuit and ventured onto the ice to pull the dog to safety in the dramatic rescue.

    Denver TV Anchor Kyle Dyer Bitten by Rescued Dog During Live Broadcast

    Kyle Dyer (Image source: Denver Post)

    The dog, its owner and Sugaski were all in the studio for a follow-up interview Wednesday morning when the dog lunged and bit Dyer during the live segment. In a video of the incident, Dyer gasps and quickly turns away from the dog, saying “Oh my God!” as the broadcast cuts away to Dyer’s co-anchor, who looks shocked.

    “There was an incident during 9NEWS today. Kyle Dyer was bit in the face by a dog. She is getting medical attention due to the injury. As soon as we know the extent of Kyle’s injury, we will update you on her condition. Thanks everyone for the concerns/well-wishes,” a message posted on the station’s Facebook page said.

    Co-anchor Gary Shapiro wrote on his own Facebook page that the dog is “being detained by animal control while they investigate the incident,” according to the Post.

    “So you may have seen Kyle get bit by the dog in the 7 a.m. hour. All we know for sure is that he got her on the lip, and she’s being treated for the injury at the hospital,” Shapiro wrote. “We think she’s going to be OK, she was talking when she left.”

    In another Facebook post, Brooke Thacker, a morning reporter for the station, wrote: “We fortunately had a firefighter who was already here and he’s taking care of her.”

    Video: Dog bites television anchor

    Update: Dyer is awake and visiting with family in the hospital, a news release from the Denver Health Medical Center said.

    Here’s the video of the dog getting rescued from the lake:

    Raw Video:  Dog Rescued From Icy Colorado Water

    Whether it is a teacup Chihuahua a Pit Bull or a Mastiff… or any animal for that matter, they get nervous under stressful situations and Max had been in 2-days of non-stop stress and trauma.  Why would we even consider putting this good dog down because we, the humans, made bad decisions.  Please call, email and write in on Max’s behalf!

    February 13, 2012 Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Avoid a Pet Emergency in Overtime: Super Sunday’s Parties Can Be Dangerous To Your Pet

    Sunday, as most of you know, is the Super Bowl or, as apparently we’re now supposed to say, “the big game.” For many of you, that means Super Bowl parties. (Hopefully, for even more of you, that also means Super Dog Sunday, the big photo contest we’re hosting.)

    Whether you’re having a full-fledged Super Bowl party at your house or just plan to kick back and have a little tailgate party of your own in the living room, we’ve got some tips for you on keeping Fido safe during the football fun. 

    Here is a quick checklist:

    • Keep an eye on alcoholic beverages. Don’t let Bowser near the beer or any kind of booze. While you may always be careful about that practice, your guests may not so keep an eye on their drinks, too.
    • Keep cautious canines crated or otherwise secured. All that football action could very well mean some raised voices and waved arms, not to mention strange people in the house if you’re hosting a party. If your dog is fearful or shy, let him have some quiet time in his crate, away from the action, in a far bedroom, or safely in a fenced yard. You can go out and tell him the score at halftime.
    • Watch the trash. Super Bowl parties mean food and a lot of it…and that means trash. Be sure to keep your trash secured so your dog cannot eat the disposable plates.
    • Beware of bones. Many Super Bowl parties mean buffalo wings with bones. Chicken bones and dogs are a definite no-no so keep an eye on those plates of wings.
    • Manage the munchies. Many of the tempting munchies that your guests might bring–from trail mix with raisins to decadent chocolate brownies–can be dangerous to your dog. Keep an eagle eye on chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, onions, grapes, and diet foods containing Xylitol.
    • Tag Your Dog. Even if your dog doesn’t typically wear his collar in the house, be sure your dog is tagged for party time. The coming and going of guests and the activity of the day could mean a loose dog.
    • Designate a Dog Watcher. Designate one member of your family to keep an eye on your dog throughout the party fun.

    Your big party during the big game may be dangerous to your pet. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) offers tips to pet owners to make sure their Super Sunday party activities don’t end up with an overtime veterinary emergency.

    Sunday’s big game now trails only Thanksgiving in terms of US food consumption. This enormous engorgement not only threatens many weight loss resolutions, it also may add unhealthy pounds and dangers to our dogs and cats. Sharing a few nibbles of healthy snacks such as celery or carrots is fine, pizza and wings are not.

    "When we look at weight gain in humans and pets, big single-day caloric consumption can have life-long consequences," notes Dr. Ernie Ward, founder and president of APOP. "A pet can be fed a healthy, low-calorie diet and have their efforts erased with a huge feast."

    Ward points out several foods to avoid feeding your pet on Super Sunday. "Don’t feed your pet anything fried or battered, covered in creamy sauces and steer clear of salty snacks." In fact, Ward recommends limiting any super snacks to "crunchy vegetables such as broccoli, baby carrots, celery and asparagus." According to Ward, each chicken wing has about 55 calories. A 20-pound dog fed a single chicken wing is similar to an average adult eating almost seven wings. Feed a 40-pound dog one-half slice of pepperoni pizza and that’s the same as an adult consuming two slices of pepperoni pizza and a 12-ounce cola.

    It’s not just the calories that worry Ward. "Americans will eat about 1.25 billion chicken wings during the game. That equals 1.25 billion chances for a dog or cat to ingest a bone that can cause serious complications." APOP warns pet owners not to feed their pets chicken wings due to the risk of intestinal obstruction or worse.

    "An often overlooked risk of chicken wings is salt," states Ward. "One buffalo wing has almost about 160 to 200 mg of sodium. That’s about the amount of sodium recommended for a 20-pound dog in a day. Feeding a dog too much salt can cause high blood pressure and can contribute to kidney and heart disease." Other foods high in salt that should not be fed to pets include pizza, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, fries, pretzels, potato chips, canned beef stew, potato salad and many sauces.

    "Chicken wing bones and salt are not the only potential dangers a pet may face during the big game," adds University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary nutritionist and internal medicine specialist Dr. Joe Bartges. "Foods such as chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, and foods containing Xylitol may be toxic. Eating foods high in fat not only increases calorie intake, but may cause problems such as vomiting and diarrhea or life-threatening pancreatitis."

    Alcohol is another potential danger for pets. Dogs and cats are extremely sensitive to alcoholic beverages and will often drink from half-empty cups and bottles and become ill. As little as a few ounces of beer or wine can prove toxic to a dog or cat. APOP recommends never leaving alcoholic beverages unattended and discard any containers as soon as you’re done.

    One final Sunday football danger Ward warns about – stress. Super Bowl can be scary for pets. "You may have friends and family over, rooting for your favorite team with lots of loud noises and high-fiving. All of this may prove especially stressful for the four-legged family members that have little interest in the big game. If you notice your dog or cat cowering or pacing, provide a quiet, safe space for them to relax away from the action. Otherwise, you may be awakened early Monday morning by unwelcome stress-related diarrhea."

    Dr. Ernie Ward, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention –

    www.PetObesityPrevention.org 9256 Beach DriveCalabash, NC 28467

    DrErnieWard@gmail.com 910-579-5550910-620-1295 Dr. Joe Bartges 865-974-838 7jbartges@utk.edu

    SOURCE Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

    February 5, 2012 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , | 1 Comment

    Take the Stress Out of Car Trips with Your Dog

    Dog in car

    Safe Car Trips with your Dog are Paramount

    Image by The Consumerist via Flickr

    With the increasing number of travel and holiday destinations accepting dogs, the need for
    safe (and fun) car trips with your dog becomes a top priority.

    The first thing to be aware of when it comes to dogs and cars, is that for many dogs, the feelings associated with going for a ride in the car are not good.  Others love to go along for a ride from day one. The negativity often occurs because the only time that they often go in the car, is to the vets, which is not necessary a good thing in their opinion. For your dog to want to go for a car ride, they will need to be able to associate a good experience with it.

    Preparing For Successful Car Trips with Your Dog

    • It is best to get your dog used to the car at an early age. Start by placing your puppy in the back of the car with the engine off. Ensure that you place a sheet or blanket in the backseat first, to catch dog hair and other messes that they might make. Now give them a treat. You will need to repeat this several times before you even go for a car ride.
    • Once your dog begins to associate the car with a good experience (the treat), start the engine while your dog is sitting in the car. If they seem comfortable, go for short 5-minute car trips with your dog.
    • Please note it is important for any dog to be secured when riding in a car. There are many products for this purpose, such as dog car seat belts, dog car safety seats and carriers. What ever device you intend to use, get your dog used to it before going for a drive.
    • If short car trips with your dog are working successfully, it is time to extend the drive. Make sure that you choose a destination the your dog will like. Remember, we want them to associate the car with a good experience. For example take them to the local dog park. Never take your dog someplace where you will have to leave them unattended in the car. Even with the window partly down, it can get extremely hot in a car and it is not uncommon for pets to suffer heat stoke and death.
    • Finally, don’t let your dog ride with his head sticking out of an open window. This can lead to eye injuries.

    Guidelines for Longer Car Trips with Your Dog

    • Get a health check at your vet before going on an extended trip. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date
    • To avoid your dog throwing up in the car, do not feed them for several hours before your journey. Make sure they have access to plenty of water at all times. Ginger is also a good holistic remedy… in capsule form or even a few ginger snap cookies. (Car Sickness in Dogs).
    • Make sure your dog goes to the bathroom before any long trips.
    • As a precaution, in case your dog runs away while you are traveling, make sure that your dog has a strong collar, carrying an identification tag with the dog’s name, your name, and your home/mobile phone number. Include any other important tags, such as a rabies vaccination tag and your dog license. Bring a recent picture of your dog along with you.
    • Leaving your pets in the car is never a good idea!  Not only because of heat and cold, but also because people steal them.  Try to take a second person with you on an extended trip and if you must stop somewhere make sure it is only for a minute or two and try to park your vehicle where you can see it and your pets.
    • Keep the car well-ventilated. If the dog is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
    • Never let your dog ride in the back of an open vehicle. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to severe injuries or death.
    • Stop frequently for drink, exercise and potty breaks. Please clean up after your dog.
    • To keep your dog healthy and happy, bring along a supply of their regular food and some local, or bottled water. Be sure to bring any medications they need.

    Mother's Day - 24 Days Old First Ride In A Car

    What to do if your Dog is a Nervous Traveler

    • Give Them a Familiar Object – Bring their favorite toy or blanket. These familiar items help them to deal with the unfamiliarity of the car.
    • Talk to Your Dog – Some dogs are soothed by hearing your voice while others can get more excited. Try both talking and silence to see which works best for your dog. It is best not to scold your dog, but to use positive reinforcement. If you are talking to your dog to calm them, do not allow this to distract you from driving. Similarly, petting a dog while driving can be a distraction and they will only pester you for more.
    • Play Music – Turn the radio on. Soothing music can have a calming effect on some pets. The sound will help cover the loud and unfamiliar sounds of the road.
    • Open a Window – By opening one of the windows near them, you can provide a distraction through new and interesting scents for your dog.

    By applying these guidelines, you will be well on your way to having successful car trips with your dog.

    Leaving CA  - We Are Sooo Ready to Leave

    Images by the UCLA Shutterbug

    We recently had to relocate and ended up driving a small U-haul with a few of our belongings that we would need until having our pod delivered, so decided to rent a 10-ft truck and a car hauler for our car.

    Our four pups were our most important and prized concern.  After pretty much everything was packed up and the pod was off my husband went to pick up the truck.  When he pulled up I almost fell over.  The truck came with two bucket seats.  I had only ever seen or rented a U-haul with a bench seat.  There was a big enough area between the two seats to stack the cushions 4 high from the couch that we had no sold.  Things always end up happening for a reason…  It was a big enough area for all four of our Chihuahuas and Chiweenies to lie down at the same time and it put them up high enough so they could see and extended the area by stuff a sweatshirt or two over the drink holder area.

    Our greatest fear was how the trip would be for our one who was now four and had suffered from car sickness since he was a puppy.  I was prepared with bags and clean stuff.  He never got sick once on the trip or since.  We think being higher up helped him and maybe seeing cured some anxiety that he had?

    We made regular stops and had water and snacks for in-between, and we just ate fast food or stopped at markets or road stands for some fresh fruits and veggies along the way.  We stayed in pet friendly motels along the way.  It really turned out to be a great experience for six of us!!


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    April 2, 2011 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal Related Education, animals, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet and Animal Training, pet fun, responsible pet ownership, Stop Animal Cruelty | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

    Stress in Dogs (Pets)

    Angelina Not A Chocolate Bunny Pup - 2009

    Sometimes the question can be… is it stress or is it fun?  And was it caused by my Pet-Parent? Winking smile h/t to the pet stress blog for photo 1 & the  UCLA Shutterbug Photo 2

    Stress in Dogs (Pets)

    Stress is one of greatest factors affecting the behavior of both humans and animals, and they both react to each other’s stress.  Stress levels of dogs or their humans, as well as most other animals, can completely change the dynamic or the relationship the behavior of both, which unfortunately only makes the stress worse.

    Stress is the cause of many aggressive behaviors (such as barking, lunging, biting or nipping… especially around food or toys).  You can prevent these behaviors by monitoring your dog’s level of stress.  And you can monitor your dog’s level of stress, by reading your dog’s stress signals. Removing your pet from the situation that is causing them stress is always the best suggestion and remedy, but understandably, not always possible.

    The following behaviors usually signal stress in dogs and most pets:

    Slow Tail Wag.  A slow tail wag is NOT friendly.  It is a sign of stress.

    Tail tucked between hind legs.  This behavior probably signals fear.  Fear is an extreme form of stress.  

    Being unable to eat.  If your dog took food a moment ago, and abruptly will not take food, evaluate the dog’s environment and see what maybe causing stress.  Immediately move the dog away from the source of stress, to prevent triggering of possible aggressive behavior.  

    Being unable to play.  If your dog is normally playful and suddenly can’t play, it is likely that your dog is stressed.  Again, immediately remove your dog from the situation he or she is in.  

    Low ear carriage.  Scan the area for a probable source of stress, if you find the source, move away from it and watch how your dog’s ears respond.  If they lift, then you have done a great job protecting your dog from stress and helped her feel better.  This will increase your dog’s ability to trust you and will deepen your bond with your dog (or cat). 

    Blinking of eyes.  Deliberate eye blinking can be a sign that your dog is experiencing stress.  

    Squinting of eyes.  Again, this can be a sign of mild stress.  

    Holding Breath.  Breath holding can be a precursor to aggressive behavior.  If you notice your dog holding her breath, rapidly remove her from the source of stress in her environment.  

    Puffing.  Puffing is when the dog rapidly exhales a small amount of air, that causes her cheeks to puff out.  Puffing is a precursor to aggression.

    Stiffness.  Also a precursor to aggression.

    Staring.  Another precursor to aggression. 

    Panting.  If you notice your dog panting and she is in a potentially stressful situation she may need to be moved away from the stressor.

    Urinating. Controlled or uncontrolled urination can be caused by stress.  It is the same dynamic as with young children who wet the bed, soil their pants or withhold voiding.  It is something they can control and get attention for, even if it is negative.

    Seizures.  Stress can absolutely cause seizures in dogs.  It is a sign of severe stress or could be Canine Stress Syndrome or one of several other more serious conditions or illnesses.  And yelling at a dog that is already stressed to the point of seizures will only bring them on and make them worse.

    Loss of fur, feathers or scales.  Many animals begin to shed or molt when under stress.

    Hiding.  Both dogs and cats will hid to avoid stressful situations.  So will some pocket pets if they can move around freely.

    Below are SOME of the situations that create doggie stress:

    Travel.  Air flight, train travel or extended car trips if it is not something your pet is used to.

    New environment. Some dogs hardly notice, but many have a hard time.

    New people. Some dogs, like some people, are more sociable than others, but many have a hard time, especially with lots of new people added to a new environment

    Feeling that they are not liked or welcome.  God created dogs to please humans.  They have feeling and become aggressive or retreat into themselves if they feel unwanted.  Dogs can become depressed and some will act out, only making the situation worse.

    New Home.  Moving to a new home can be traumatic for some dogs and create no problem for others.  If possible, letting them visit their new home before moving there is helpful and advisable.

    New or different routine.  Most dogs love a new adventure, but they are also creatures of routine.

    The introduction of an additional dog, pet or small child.  A new pet, visiting animal or a new small child or children can be threatening or scary for pets in general.

    Changes in food or feeding.  Food is one of the mainstays of a dog’s (pet’s) life.  Changing their type of food, schedule to eat, or having to share food with additional pets can be a very stressful situation.  Occasionally dogs can develop stress from reactions to a new or different food or feeding schedule… or something they ate that they shouldn’t have.

    Schedule Changes.  Changing more than one schedule at once, like eating, walking, sleeping, playing or whatever they are used to in their routines can case stress.

    Noise. Loud noises, loud voices, new sounds and noise can all be threatening and stressful to dog (pets).

    Yelling or Anger, especially unwarranted or unfair corrections. Because the dog’s need and want to be loved and pleased yelling and perceived anger can cause stress along with negative behaviors.

    New training. Training can be fun for some dogs and very stressful for others, especially when it doesn’t go well or the dog is not rewarded for its efforts.

    Loss of family member:  human or animal.  Dogs and pets in general grieve just like humans and especially grieve for the loss of their human(s).

    Illness of Pet.  Illness causes a myriad of side affects for pets, just like for humans.

    Illness of Pet Parent or family member.  Illness of a pet parent or family member can cause severe stress in dogs (pets)!

    Perceived inequitable treatment of Pet. Dogs like children and most creatures react negatively to inequitable treatment.  If you have more than one dog or more than one dog is living or present in your situation, it is the smart and right thing to do to treat them equally.  Feed them the same.  Take then out and play with them all, etc.  Feeding one dog while other watch is like feeding or sharing with one child and not the others.

    Fear. Dogs (pets) like humans have fears that run the gamut and their level of fear cannot be judged by their size, age, situation, or your perception of how they should feel or react… or what they should do.

    Anxieties. Like with fears, dogs (pets) like humans have fears that run the gamut and their level of fear cannot be judged by their size, age, situation, or your perception of how they should feel or react… or what they should do.

    Unknown or unfamiliar animals or people entering your pet’s perceived territory.  Dogs perceive their house, yard, space outside their car and familiar places as their territory.  It is their natural instinct to protect their property, themselves, other pets (especially dogs because the for a pack) and their humans or family.)

    Over-reaction to behaviors.  Over-reacting to negative behaviors or if your dog is acting out, usually produces the opposite affect that you want.  (Also scolding a dog or any pet after the fact… a while after they did something wrong or if you did not see who did it if you have more than one pet is fruitless, unfair and could create greater problems.  A pet cannot connect what they did wrong with the scolding for something they did earleir, even if you take them to the site and point at it.)

    New attention or reactions… to good or bad behavior.  laughing at a behavior good or bad, is attention and sometimes will the cause the recurrence because of your reaction.

    Lack or exercise.  Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do do for your pet for many reasons, including their health, stress level, behaviors, and boredom level.

    Boredom.  Dogs, like all creatures, suffer from boredom and some tend to act out when they are bored.  Exercise, preferably regular walks, as well as one on one time, training, playtime and rides in the car are positives and will help manage their stress… and yours!

    Lack or attention or play time.  Lack of interaction or playtime with their or a human or other dogs and pets can create stress because of boredom, inactivity and lack of one on one time.  Because of their nature, dogs need regular interaction more than most pets.

    Loss or change of their belongings and space.  Dogs are territorial so they protect their space, belongings and food.  Losing their special niche, pillow, toy. ball or place on the bed or in your life can create stress in most dogs and most other types of pets and animals to some degree.

    Extended time without their human(s) or alone time if it is a change.  Dogs and other pets, although unusual, have been known to pine away or even die after the loss of their human or family.  Even temporary, but extended  time away from their pet parents or humans can cause stress in some dogs.  Others adjust just fine.  But for this reason, keeping your dog with a pet sitter is always better than a kennel!

    Medications, lack of medication and medical conditions.  Medication, lack of medications or ongoing medical conditions can cause stress in dogs and pets in general, like in humans.  A change in meds can often cause that temporarily. (A relatively unknown fact this that dogs can suffer from ADHD, ADD and other like conditions.  Those pets/animals can portray the same conditions and behaviors as the human counterparts.  And it really must be remembered that they cannot help their behaviors and reactions.)

    Even drastic weather or climate changes.  Drastic weather conditions can cause stress because it can cause the inability for them to go outside, or go out often, or to get their regular exercise.  Lightening and thunder can cause fear and stress in animals.  And in some pets dampness, extreme heat or extreme cold can cause the flare up of health problems like arthritis, rheumatism, heat exhaustion, etc as well as stress.

    Abuse.  It goes without saying that abuse… physical, emotional, verbal, lack of food and clean water, over-crowding or abuse of any kind causes dogs, humans and all creatures stress and need to be stopped and/or reported immediately!!  Silence and non-action makes us all accomplices!

    Reaction to pet-parent’s stress.

    If you notice your pet exhibiting any of the stress indicators, try to remove them from the situation. And if your pet experiences more than three of these at a given time and you cannot change the situations or remove your pet, it might take a good while for them to adjust or re-adjust.  It could even require a behaviorist if extreme or undesirable behaviors manifest or persist.  Try to remember that you could be the reason for your pet’s stress!

    Remember, the average dog has he mental and emotional capacity of between a two and three year old human child, depending on the individual dog and the breed, but they lack the ability to reason.  Plus you obviously cannot explain to them why things have changed, nor can they communicate what is bothering them.

    Let us also remember that barking is a dog’s way of talking… communicating and although too much can be aggravating, it is natural for them to bark!

    Patience, love and positive reinforcements are always the best reaction.  Yelling, punishment and anger only confuse them more and add to their stress.

    Dogs have the intelligence of a 2 to 3 year old toddler, depending on the breed and the individual dog.  But they lack the power to reason and have no conception of time. Although when you read an article like the one about the Commuting Dogs in Moscow, you gotta wonder!  And, dogs and other animals do have other abilities and intelligence or intuition that we people don’t!  They also have enemies all over the world (Man’s Best Friend in Shariah’s Cruel Crosshairs)

    Being a pet parent is like being the parent of a perpetual toddler and some need more patience, understanding and love than others.  Loving the good or perfect ones is easy.  Loving the ones who aren’t so perfect or have special needs is the true test of your love and parenting skills.  It really is a test of your character not their abilities.  Try to remember, the ones that need the most love usually love you back the most if you let them.

    Source: Courteous Canine, Inc. 2006   No Force, Just Fun! 


    ‘Dogs Have The Intelligence of a Human Toddler’

    Tails of Love

    GoD and DoG

    Dogs and Heaven

    On the First Day God Created the Dog!

    Until One Has Loved an Animal, Part of Their Soul Remains Unawakened

    My Goal in Life

    The No Kill Movement

    *Birds tend to suffer from more stress than most and the holidays provide stress for most pets!

    By Marion Algier  -  h/t to the pet stress blog for photo 1 & the  UCLA Shutterbug Photo 2

    April 1, 2011 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health | , , , , | 11 Comments