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Mean Looking Dog

Be polite and pay attention to body language.


How do you avoid getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and respecting the dog’s personal space. Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog—even your own—without letting them see and sniff you first.

Don’t disturb a dog while they are sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Pay attention to the dog’s body language
Put a safe amount of space between yourself and a dog if you see the following signals (illustrated in the video above) indicating that the dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to bite:

  • tensed body
  • stiff tail
  • pulled back head and/or ears
  • furrowed brow
  • eyes rolled so the whites are visible
  • yawning
  • flicking tongue
  • intense stare
  • backing away

When putting space between yourself and a dog who might bite, never turn your back on them and run away. A dog’s natural instinct will be to chase you.

What to do if you think a dog may attack
If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:

  • Resist the impulse to scream and run away.
  • Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
  • Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until they are out of sight.
  • If the dog does attack, “feed” them your jacket, purse, bicycle or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless.
  • Try not to scream or roll around.

What to do if you’re bitten by a dog
If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, try not to panic.

  • Immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  • Contact your physician for additional care and advice.
  • Report the bite to your local animal care and control agency.

Tell the animal control official everything you know about the dog, including their owner’s name and the address where they live. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control official what the dog looks like, where you saw them, whether you’ve seen them before and in which direction they went.

Dog Aggression

A dog’s bark may be worse than his bite, but most of us would rather not find out one way or the other.

Growling, baring teeth, snarling, snapping, and biting are all aggressive behaviors. Although these messages are among the handful of communication tools available to dogs, they’re generally unacceptable to humans.

Because dog aggression is so complex, and because the potential consequences are so serious, we recommend that you get professional in-home help from an animal behavior specialist if your dog is displaying aggressive behavior.

Types of Dog Aggression

Fear-motivated aggression is a defensive reaction and occurs when a dog believes he is in danger of being harmed. Remember that it’s your dog’s perception of the situation, not your actual intent, which determines your dog’s response. For example, you may raise your arm to throw a ball, but your dog may bite you because he believes he’s protecting himself from being hit. A dog may also be fearfully aggressive when approached by other dogs.

Protective, territorial, and possessive aggression are all very similar, and involve the defense of valuable resources. Territorial aggression is usually associated with defense of property, and that “territory” may extend well past the boundaries of your yard. For example, if you regularly walk your dog around the neighborhood and allow him to urine-mark, he may think his territory includes the entire block. Protective aggression usually refers to aggression directed toward people or animals whom a dog perceives as threats to his family, or pack. Dogs become possessively aggressive when defending their food, toys, or other valued objects, including items as peculiar as tissues stolen from the trash.

Redirected aggression is a relatively common type of dog aggression but one that is often misunderstood by pet owners. If a dog is somehow provoked by a person or animal he is unable to attack, he may redirect this aggression onto someone else. For example, two family dogs may become excited, and bark and growl in response to another dog passing through the front yard; or two dogs confined behind a fence may turn and attack each other because they can’t attack an intruder. Predation is usually considered to be a unique kind of aggressive behavior because it’s motivated by the intent to obtain food, and not primarily by the intent to harm or intimidate.

Individual Variation

The likelihood of a dog to show aggressive behavior in any particular situation varies markedly from dog to dog. Some dogs tend to respond aggressively with very little stimulation. Others may be subjected to all kinds of threatening stimuli and events and yet never attempt to bite.

The difference in the threshold prompting aggressive behavior is influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. If this threshold is low, a dog will be more likely to bite. Raising the threshold makes a dog less likely to respond aggressively. This threshold can be raised using behavior modification techniques, but the potential for change is influenced by a dog’s gender, age, breed, general temperament, and the way in which the behavior modification techniques are chosen and implemented.

Because working with aggressive dogs can be potentially dangerous, behavior modification techniques should only be attempted by, or under the guidance of, an experienced animal behavior professional who understands animal learning theory and behavior.

What You Can Do

First, check with your veterinarian to rule out medical causes for the aggressive behavior.

Seek professional advice. An aggression problem will not go away by itself. Working with aggression problems requires in-home help from an animal behavior specialist.

Take precautions. Your first priority is to keep people and other animals safe. Supervise, confine, and/or restrict your dog’s activities until you can obtain professional guidance. You are liable for your dog’s behavior. If you must take your dog out in public, consider a cage-type muzzle as a temporary precaution, and remember that some dogs are clever enough to get a muzzle off.

Avoid exposing your dog to situations where he is more likely to show aggression. You may need to keep him confined to a safe room and limit his contact with people.

If your dog is possessive of toys or treats, or territorial in certain locations, prevent access and you’ll prevent the problem.

In an emergency, bribe him with something better than what he has. For example, if he steals your shoe, trade him the shoe for a piece of chicken.

Spay or neuter your dog. Intact dogs are more likely to display dominance, territorial, and protective aggressive behavior.

What Not to Do

Punishment won’t help and, in fact, will often make the problem worse. If the dog aggression is motivated by fear, punishment will make your dog more fearful, and therefore more aggressive. Attempting to punish or dominate a dominantly aggressive dog may actually lead him to escalate his behavior to retain his dominant position. This is likely to result in a bite or a severe attack. Punishing territorial, possessive, or protective aggression is likely to elicit additional defensive aggression.


Puppy in a Play Pen

Preparation and patience are key to building a happy relationship!

The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition.

Prepare the things your dog will need in advance. You’ll need a collar and leash, food and water bowls, food, and, of course, some toys. And don’t forget to order an identification tag right away.

Establish House Rules

Work out your dog-care regimen in advance among the human members of your household. Who will walk the dog first thing in the morning? Who will feed them at night? Will they be allowed on the couch, or won’t he? Where will they rest at night? Are there any rooms in the house that are off-limits?

Plan the Arrival

Try to arrange the arrival of your new dog for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together. Don’t forget the jealousy factor — make sure you don’t neglect other pets and people in your household!

Prepare for Housetraining

Assume your new dog is not housetrained and work from there. Read over the housetraining information given to you at the time of adoption and check out our housetraining tips for adult dogs. Be consistent, and maintain a routine. A little extra effort on your part to come home straight from work each day will pay off in easier, faster house training.

Ensure All Pets are Healthy

Animal shelters take in animals with widely varying backgrounds, some of whom have not been previously vaccinated. Inevitably, despite the best efforts of shelter workers, viruses can be spread and may occasionally go home with adopted animals. If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before introducing your new pet dog.

Take your new dog to the veterinarian within a week after adoption. There, they will receive a health check and any needed vaccinations. If your dog has not been spayed or neutered, make that appointment! There are already far too many homeless puppies and dogs; don’t let your new pet add to the problem. Most likely, the shelter will require that you have your pet spayed or neutered anyway. If you need more information about why it is so important to spay or neuter your dog, read our online information on spaying and neutering.

The First Weeks

Give Them a Crate

A crate may look to you like the canine equivalent of a jail cell, but to your dog, who instinctively likes to den, it’s a room of their own. It makes housetraining and obedience-training easier and saves your dog from the headache of being yelled at unnecessarily for problem behavior. Of course, you won’t want to crate your dog all day or all night, or they will consider it a jail cell. Just a few hours a day should be sufficient.

The crate should not contain wire where their collar or paws can get caught, and should be roomy enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably in normal posture.

If a crate isn’t an option, consider some sort of confinement to a dog-proofed part of your home. A portion of the kitchen or family room can serve the purpose very well when sectioned off with a dog or baby gate.

Use Training & Discipline to Create a Happy Home

Dogs need order. Let your pet know from the start who is the boss. When you catch them doing something they shouldn’t, don’t lose your cool. Stay calm, and let them know immediately, in a loud and disapproving voice, that they have misbehaved. Reward them with praise when they do well, too! Sign up for a local dog obedience class, and you’ll learn what a joy it is to have a well-trained dog. Also be sure to read our tip sheet on training your dog with positive reinforcement.


Let the Games Begin

Dogs need an active life. That means you should plan plenty of exercise and game time for your pet. Enjoy jogging or Frisbee? You can bet your dog will, too. If running around the park is too energetic for your taste, try throwing a ball or a stick, or just going for a long walk together. When you take a drive in the country or visit family and friends, bring your dog and a leash along.

Patience is Key!

Finally, remember to temper your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give them time to adjust. You’ll soon find out that you’ve made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.

Waggy Walkys dog walkers

At Waggy Walkys, we have a well-earned reputation for hiring compassionate, experienced people to work for us as professional dog walkers. In order to compete with amateur or freelance dog walkers in the area, we strive to maintain a superior standard of quality employees. There are plenty of people who imagine working as a dog walker a fun, and easy job to do as long as the person likes to care for dogs. While this is partly true, the job also requires a lot of hard work and dedication to learning the best techniques to safely care for someone else’s pet.

Knowing what to expect as a professional dog walker is key to finding success in the industry and anyone considering applying to be a “waggy walker” should research both the business and the duties the job entails before applying. Although being a professional dog walker is very similar to freelance dog walking, there are some key differences that should be kept in mind.

What’s The Average Pay?

One of the most common questions about professional dog walking is “what is the average pay?”. Freelance dog walkers often ask this question to gauge whether or not the consistent work will be worth sharing their profits with an employer. Waggy Walkys’ website lists the cost for all their services. Customers have the option of 15, 30, or 60min walks for $15, $20, and $30 respectively.   Waggy Walkys dog walkers typically earn between $16 and $24 per hour.

Professional dog walkers have the convenience and security of relatively steady work to depend on, while freelance dog walkers must be self-sufficient and do any marketing, advertising, and client-base building on their own.

Why Work For Waggy Walkys – Benefits And Advantages

Aside from the increased reliability of working for a professional business, dog walkers at Waggy Walkys have a myriad of advantages over people with more conventional jobs. The most obvious advantage is the ability for animal lovers to work with dogs for a large portion of the day and get paid to do it. For a lot of people, walking dogs is a fun activity, not a daunting task.

Becoming a professional dog walker is also good for people who want to exercise and get in shape without it cutting into their busy schedule. With Waggy Walkys, dog walkers are able to work outside and walk or jog while simultaneously doing their job. This is a huge benefit for people who tend to get bored working indoors all day long.

In addition, Waggy Walkys offers performance based raises for their dog walkers. This is likely appealing to freelance dog walkers who want more of an incentive to working with a professional business as opposed to on their own. This is also a good way for the business to increase morale and ensure that walkers have incentives to become better at their job.

Final Thoughts – Is Waggy Walkers A Good Business To Work For?

Although the argument can be made that freelance dog walkers have more freedom to make their own schedule and charge what they want, the benefits of working for Waggy Walkys are hard to ignore. The business is one of the most popular in the area, guaranteeing walkers a large customer base and steady work. Unlike other jobs, Waggy Walkys also offers incentives based on performance and the added benefit of working outside instead of being cooped up in an office or store.

For anyone who loves dogs and prefers a more relaxed environment, Waggy Walkys is definitely a good option to consider when looking for extra work.

Click on the menu item “Jobs” to apply today.

Dogs are currently the second most popular pet in the United States, with over 80 million pet dogs owned by Americans. Many dogs make excellent family pets, however a very large number of people who adopt these furry friends have little understanding about their exercise needs. Exercise is not only important to a dog because of its health, but because it also serves as a way for it to get out its energy, making it easier to train, and more well-behaved in the home.

Consequences of Little Exercise

When a dog does not get enough exercise, it will become prone to a number of health issues that could pose a threat to their life. One of the most common issues seen in dogs that get little to no exercise is obesity, which can lead to heart disease and sore joints as your dog ages. In addition, obesity in dogs can lead to a number of diseases commonly seen in overweight humans, such as respiratory disease, heart disease, and even diabetes. Overweight dogs are also prone to arthritis and other orthopedic issues, which can make movement painful for a dog in its old age. The easiest way to avoid each of these issues is to allow your dog to get the proper exercise each day; for those with a busy schedule, consider working with a dog walking company to help keep your dog in shape, such as Waggy Walkys. At Waggy Walkys, each of the dog walkers is trained to know how much exercise is need for certain breeds of dog, which can help to reduce the risk of obesity in your furry friend significantly.

What Constitutes Proper Exercise?

Understanding the exercise needs of your dog can be tricky, particularly with large breeds. While it may seem that a 15 minute walk is enough, larger breeds often require a minimum of two 45-minute walks each day in order to keep them in shape and living a healthy life. This routine can be difficult to follow for those with busy day to day routines, which lends its hand to the number of obese dogs in America today. It’s important to understand a dog’s exercise needs before bringing one into the home, however if you have found yourself with an insatiable pup, give Waggy Walkys a call today to learn more about professional dog walking options. By working with Waggy Walkys, you can guarantee that your friend is getting the exercise they need, without having to drastically change your routine.

Here at Waggy Walkys, we understand the importance of exercise for your pet; dogs which are not properly exercised have a higher risk for obesity than those which are walked properly, which can cause great harm to the animal in its later years of life. By working with Waggy Walkys, you can ensure that your pet is getting the exercise it needs to live a long and healthy life, free of obesity and other life-threatening conditions. Contact Waggy Walkys today to learn more about our rates and walkers, and what we have to offer you and your pet.

Remember,  Waggy Walkys has the Best Dog Walkers in DC, MD and VA !