Dog Bites: Understanding the Why and the What To Do…

Dog Bites: Understanding the Why and the What To Do...

People Magazine reported that the son of Kim Zolciak-Biermann (star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta) was bitten by their family dog. The bite required surgery and was so near to the child’s eye that if it had been 1-millimeter closer the child would have been blind. The family explains that they are sharing their story as a way to educate others. Unfortunately, dog bites are fairly common and most of them are preventable. Why do dog’s bite? Most often dogs bite because they are anxious or afraid. Because dogs cannot say “stop” they will bite if they feel like … Continue reading

Junior’s First Trip to the Dog Park

Junior's First Trip to the Dog Park

We can all agree that dogs are social animals. Getting proper socialization starting at 10-12 weeks of age is critical.   The new approach to socialization is to have a balanced approach to their immune vulnerability and their emotional development. You have to mindfully expose your puppy to various environments, people, noises, surfaces, dogs, other species, objects, etc before their critical window shuts down at about 16 weeks of age. After that you will be doing remedial socialization, again being mindful on how you expose your youngster to novel stimuli. Dogs reach young adulthood at about 6 months of age … Continue reading