*Don’t let strangers know the “friendliness” of your dog. If you’re out in front of your house and you share with strangers that your dog is a big fluff-ball and wicked friendly, you’ve now just opened your home to being a target as you’re furry “deterrent” is no longer deemed a threat.
*Don’t let people especially strangers know you crate your dog when you are not home. Crated dogs don’t stop burglars in their tracks. Crated dogs don’t bite. Keep the dog crate away from windows. Criminals that can see that the dog is in the crate are more apt to break in. Only let neighbors you trust know where you keep your pets confined (in case of fire).
*Only have a DOG DOOR for very small/toy breed dogs. Some criminals depending on their size can enter your home through a large dog door!
*BARKING/HOWLING/WHINING. If you leave your dog in a fenced in area, on a run or tethered by a long chain or rope and the dog barks incessantly…Beyond the occasional warning bark…”woof, woof…there’s someone walking in front of the house, batten down the hatches” or “woof, woof, woof…squirrel get off the deck” …if the dog barks, howls or whines non-stop LET THE DOG INSIDE IMMEDIATELY. Nuisance barking/howling/whining can ruin your relationship with your neighbors. Be respectful and responsible. If your dog barks constantly while outside, you have some more behavioral training to do with dear Fido. Consult an animal trainer or research for solutions online...consult The Dog Whisperer’s site (Cesar Millan).
If you notice that your neighbor’s dog barks, whines, or howls the entire time your neighbor is away from the house or apartment, alert your neighbor that his/her dog may be in distress and suffering from separation anxiety. (If you say nothing, the owner of the dog may never know his/her dog is suffering.)
*If your dog “goes potty” on property that doesn’t belong to you...the esplanade in front of your neighbor’s house, someone’s lawn, the sidewalk...pick up the poop immediately.
Did you know…
Dog poop is actually toxic to your lawn,
causing burns and unsightly discoloring.
Dog feces are one of the most common carriers of the following diseases:
heartworm, whipworm, roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm, giardia, salmonella,
parvo and many other diseases.
When infected dog poop is left on your lawn,
the eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites can linger in that soil for years.
Anyone who comes into contact with that soil (gardening, playing sports,
walking barefoot, etc.) runs the risk of coming into contact with those eggs;
especially dogs through the pads of their paws…
this is one way how your dog contracts the diseases above.
Infections from these bugs often cause fever, muscle aches,
headache, vomiting, and diarrhea in humans.
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