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Staggering Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that a chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than an unchained dog.

Canines not spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite than sterilized ones.

Of the estimated 4.7 million people who were bitten by dogs in 1994, 800,000 sought
medical care. Of these, 332,000 needed treatment in emergency rooms, and 6,000 were hospitalized.
The average hospital stay for a dog-bite injury was 3.6 days.

Emergency room costs for dog bite victims in the United States was about $102 million in 1994, and overall direct medical costs was about $165 million.

The majority of dog bites to people are inflicted to the lower extremities followed by bites to the upper extremities including the head, face and neck.

Dog attacks account for one-third of all liability claims on homeowners' insurance policies. According to the Western Insurance Information Service, the insurance industry paid out more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims in 1998 alone.

From 1979 to 1996, dog attacks resulted in more than 300 human dog bite related deaths in the United States. Most of the victims were children.

Ten to 20 people die every year as a result of dog bites in the U.S. By far, the majority of the victims are children.

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Positive Dog Parenting™
by Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS

Introduction Topics  |  Day 1 - Week 13  |   Week 14 - 35 |  Week 36 - 53 

Welcome Guest These are short descriptions of the topics - Actual ELessons are about 1  page in length. Enroll to view additional content.

Prevent common dog behavior problems

Learn and implement practical, proven methods on how to raise a puppy into the dog of your dreams and you will also prevent the most common behavior problems. Learning how to modify YOUR behavior so that the dog modifies his or her behavior is not only a great investment of your time, it is a fun and rewarding experience.

AnimalBehavior.Net (ABN) behavior education is drawn from experienced veterinarians, top animal behaviorists, trainers, and the personal experience of the Dr. Rolan and Susan Tripp from over 20 years of experience, regularly attending seminars, reading journals, books, and having discussions based on concepts recognized by leaders in the field.

Why not give your pet your best? 

Isn't a better life for you and your pet worth a little time and effort?  Follow the steps below and you will be well on your way to becoming a Positive Dog Parent.

1.  Make a commitment now to walk your dog (on-leash) off your property daily. Your dog needs the mental and physical stimulation. Dogs tend to be less hyperactive if you establish a daily routine.

2. Take a few minutes before feeding each meal to practice the words - commands are out, building your dogs vocabulary is in.  One of the best times to train your dog is after a walk and before a meal.

3. Dogs need something to do. Give your dog the job of learning behaviors from you such as sit, down, wait, stay, inside, outside, come, roll-over, etc. Their paychecks become receiving your attention, meals, playtime, toys, walks, and anything else they value. If you give these things for free, they lose their value and your dog will lose its motivation to earn them. A dog without anything to do does not have healthy outlets for normal behavior, and is most likely bored, stressed, and unhappy.

Make training a game for both of you. Learn and have fun!  Keep sessions short and successful. This is quality time!

4.  Establish hand signals that are consistent with the words you are teaching. Be aware of your body and the movement of your hands. Dogs learn faster from watching your body language than from your words. Remember they are canines and we are humans. It's not easy for your dog to learn a foreign language. Always use one word to mean one thing.

5.  Never lose your temper with your dog. Anger only makes you look unpredictable, maybe even dangerous to the dog, raising the dog's stress and lowering his ability to learn from you. So often, we think the dog understands why we are mad when in reality the dog is VERY confused by our behavior and not learning what we are trying to teach.

6. It's simple math. Dogs repeat behaviors that are rewarded. A positive consequence is what teaches the dog what you want. Be creative. Make it in your pet's best interest to do what you want by associating learning with getting what he or she wants from you. Make training a game for both of you. Learn and have fun!

7. Be deliberate in your actions with your dog. Provide for your canine's daily basic needs of training, exercise, companionship, play, food, water, shelter and you will see great results besides feeling loved and appreciated for it by one happy canine!

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Please remember that the written information contained in Pet Parenting, Positive Dog Parenting™ and Error-Free Puppy Parenting Tips are all copyrighted information, and cannot legally be forwarded or distributed to others outside the family at your residence.

You are welcome to discuss any ideas found here with other people. Please encourage others to enroll in Pet Parenting Courses by Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS, to learn, "How to become an even better Pet Parents™." 

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