Service Dogs Are Working Animals Not Pets

Service dogs are working animals, not pets, trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Service dogs can be used in various situations including public accommodations, places of employment, housing, educational settings, and in transportation environments. In many situations their presence is protected by state and federal law. Service dogs are also … [Read more...]

Many Types of Animals Can Be Therapy or Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

In January of 2016, Kent State University (KSU) was ordered to pay $100,000 to two former students to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought against the university by the U.S. Department of Justice. The suit claimed the students were being discriminated against because the university did not allow them to have emotional support animals (ESA) where they were living. There was a “no pets” policy … [Read more...]

Why Dogs Bite

Even if you don’t have a dog you probably know someone who does. With so many dogs, it is inevitable to also have dog bites. A lot of people do not realize that most dog bites occur in the home or a familiar place. Most dog bite victims are family or friends and about half of the victims are under the age of 13. Stray dog bites equate to a small percentage of dog bites in spite of it being a … [Read more...]

Breed Specific Dog Laws

Do you think it’s important for your local authorities to protect its citizens from dog attacks? What if that meant you had to hand over your own family pet to be euthanized? In the past, there has been an increase in dog attacks from Pit Bull type dogs. In answer to this, some local and state legislators have passed Breed-Specific Legislation, or BSL, to ban and/or impose strict regulations on … [Read more...]

Local Dog Ordinances Lowering The Number of Dog Bites

Cities throughout the United States with dog ordinances or those that ban certain types of dogs, primarily pit bull breeds, have fewer overall dog bites recorded, according to the website, DogsBite.org which warns the public about breeds it has labeled dangerous. About 700 municipalities have reacted to the pit bull’s reputation by enacting restrictions on the breed, DogsBite asserts in a … [Read more...]

Tips For Choosing The Right Puppy For You and Your Family

All of us have probably known someone who claimed to have picked the smallest or shyest puppy in the litter and found it to be the best dog they ever owned. Their story is likely true, but most of us may not mind having a few tips on how to pick the best puppy in the group. Five Questions To Ask Yourself Experts suggest a potential new dog owner should first ask himself or herself five … [Read more...]

Signs a Dog May Bite and Training Your Dog Not To

How does a person know when a dog is going to bite someone? It’s said that any dog can bite even one who has been very gentle or never reacted by biting in other stressful situations. Veterinarians say biting is most likely to happen when a dog is afraid or is surprised. Both situations cause stress for the animal who may think he is preventing an attack on himself or believes he needs to … [Read more...]

Signs You May Own An Overly Aggressive Dog and What To Do About It

There are often no easy answers when it comes to deciding what to do about a seriously aggressive dog in your household. Patricia McConnell, an applied animal behaviorist who has been working with and studying dogs for more than 25 years, advises owners of aggressive dogs to ask themselves these questions: • If your dog has injured another person, what ongoing risk does your dog pose to … [Read more...]

How To Recognize and Safely Break Up a Dog Fight

Dog attacks happen more frequently than most Ohioans may think. According to a 2015 study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), each year more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs. Of those, about one in every five people (around 800,000) need to seek medical attention for dog bites. Often times, dog attacks occur in the arena of two or more dogs … [Read more...]

The List of Friendliest Dogs for Children

To find out which dogs are considered the friendliest, we viewed approximately 15 pet websites that claimed they had the answer to this question. A master list was then culled from 11 of the lists we reviewed. In total, we looked at 127 dog breeds which were labeled “most friendly to children” and “most friendly to families” on the various lists. Thirty five different types of dogs were … [Read more...]

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