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Are Dog Muzzles a Good Idea?

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 by
A black dog wears an orange muzzle.

Dog muzzles can be a bit controversial among dog owners and the general public. Many people see a muzzled dog and will automatically assume it’s an aggressive/dangerous animal. Others see muzzles as being a cruel way of controlling the dog’s behavior. But in reality, muzzles can be a very useful tool in certain situations and

A blind man with a cane kneels next to a service dog.

People with disabilities can face a wide range of challenges in their day-to-day lives. In some cases, having a service animal can help lessen those challenges. Service dogs can be trained to help detect medical events before they occur and help with everyday activities, giving their owners a stronger sense of independence and confidence. And,

A woman trains a dog while outdoors.

All dogs can bite. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small chihuahua, a big great dane, or something in between. You can try very hard to find a well-mannered breed that will get along well with your children and the potential for a bite will still exist. Even if you’re very familiar with a dog

Treating Dog Bites at Home

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 by
A dog bites a person's hand.

Given how popular dogs are as pets in the United States, dog bites are an extremely common occurrence. It’s estimated that about 4.5 million dog bites occur in the US each year and over 800,000 of those bites require medical attention. That works out to approximately 1 in 5 dog bites requiring medical attention.  Like

Angry dog snarling.

Dog bites are more common than you might realize. According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. But you have to think about that number in context of how popular dogs are as pets. According to data cited by The Zebra, over 76 million dogs were owned

An angry dog pushes away at a person's hands.

When you decide to welcome a new pet into the family, visiting a local animal shelter or rescue organization can be a wonderful idea. For many families, a shelter or rescue dog has gone on to become a very beloved part of their households.  However, it’s extremely important to remember one key thing: any dog

A happy dog holds a leash in its mouth.

Dogs can bite and attack for many different reasons, but there’s one crucial thing to remember:  pet owners have the most power to prevent them from happening. And a big part of that is making sure the dog is properly restrained and contained. This can mean making sure you have adequate fencing for your backyard

A woman tries training a dog in her yard.

Dogs can bite for a wide range of reasons. Even a dog that’s typically happy and friendly might bite if they feel fearful or nervous about a situation or if someone is bothering them when they don’t feel well. Dogs who are taking care of puppies can also attack if they feel like someone or

A collie dog lays on the floor of an office near a group of people around a table.

While dog owners, generally speaking, adore their pets and consider them to be part of the family, some of them are very attached to their dogs and frequently bring them along when they leave the house, such as while running errands or going to the office.  Many companies have been adopting pet-friendly policies in recent

Young boy lays on the grass next to a dog.

Young kids often get very excited about dogs, whether it’s seeing a family pet, going to visit a family member’s pet, or getting to see a dog they don’t know being walked around the neighborhood. But as exciting as dogs can be, it’s extremely important for parents and other caretakers to be very careful about