The History of the Service Dog

The relationship between humans and dogs has remained strong throughout the ages. While there is no concrete evidence to show when, where, or how the first canine (possibly a wolf) managed to overcome its fear of humans and accept them as companions or friends, it probably happened during the phase when human beings were primarily hunters and food gatherers which was long before the Cleveland … [Read more...]

Dog Breeding For Aggressive Dog Behavior

Dogs are said to be a man’s best friend. However, for some pet owners, this friendship can come with bumps in the road. Their pet’s innocent puppy eyes and drippy kisses can soon turn into violent biting, barking, and growling. There are some dogs where this transition can be seen at a more rapid pace than others. What leads these dogs to it? What causes their aggressive behavior? There is, in … [Read more...]

Can Dogs Smell Fear?

If you are afraid of a strange or aggressive dog and you approach it in a fearful manner—your breathing could be elevated, you may be sweating and hormones may be surging through your body—but can that dog smell your fear? Most animal experts believe a dog cannot literally “smell fear.” They theorize that humans give dogs stronger reasons to bite than odor. The New York Times Science … [Read more...]

Tips for Avoiding Dog Attacks and Preventing Dogs from Biting

Here are some general tips about how to behave around a dog followed by recommendations on things you should never do around a dog, many of them provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association. We also offer some tips from a dog warden and some specific instructions on what to do if a dog attacks you or appears it is about to. How to avoid owning a dog that bites is also discussed … [Read more...]

Recommendations for Treating a Dog Bite Injury from Ohio Healthcare Professionals

Corinne Gemberling is an emergency room nurse who has seen her share of dog bite injuries in her shift at a Cleveland, Ohio area hospital. She has also observed wounds inflicted by cats and treated bites where a human has bitten another person. The most frequent problem Gemberling has seen in treating dog bites is that too many people wait too long before coming to the ER. When they come in … [Read more...]

Important for Ohio Parents To Teach Their Children About Dog Bite Prevention

Even though it was a really warm summer day, Maureen decided to forego the air conditioning in favor of throwing open the windows to let in the noises of summer: birds chirping, children playing, wind rustling leaves of trees... What she didn't expect to hear was the sound of alarmed children. She soon saw her 12-year-old son's friends helping him as he limped towards home. Then she heard the … [Read more...]

Rise in Online Shopping Increases Dog Bite Hazards for Delivery Workers

As Internet shopping grows and consumers increasingly demand seven-day delivery and groceries on their doorstep, more postal carriers, cable installers, meter readers and delivery people of all types are being confronted by dogs. Dog attacks on postal workers totaled 6,755 in 2016, the highest number in three decades, the U.S. Postal Service reported. This was up 206 from 2015, a year in which … [Read more...]

Current Definitions of Vicious, Dangerous and Nuisance Dogs in Ohio

Reports of serious dog attacks on humans are making news in Ohio and getting response from residents, some who are turning to their local government for help. There are 70 to 80 million dogs in the U.S. and more than 4.5 million dog bites each year with about 885,000 of those bite victims requiring medical attention, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ohio … [Read more...]

Canine Communication – What’s Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Dogs experience the world very differently than we do. We see things first and then listen to process our surroundings. If we want to interact we then use speech to communicate.  Dogs on the other hand use scent as their main way of interpreting their environment. To communicate, they use mainly body language and some vocals. In an article on Canine Communication by Animal Medical Center of … [Read more...]

Canine Behavior, Intelligence, and Emotions

For years researchers and scientists have studied animal behaviors and there have been many discoveries by observing what animals do. For a long time, it was never acknowledged that animals could have feelings. Although there were some that were convinced that animals could suffer and therefore have some kind of feelings, even if it wasn’t the same experience as ours. Animal welfare groups … [Read more...]