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Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

Although dogs are the most popular pet in the United States, they can act aggressively in certain situations. Recognizing aggressive behavior in dogs can help to keep yourself and your loved ones safe around a potentially dangerous dog.  Some people believe that certain breeds are the only dogs that will act aggressively, but in reality, any dog can react in an aggressive manner to something it views as threatening.

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Recognizing Dangerous Dog Behavior

It is important for everyone to recognize possible signs of aggression. If a dog is displaying signs of aggression, a person should move away from the dog and avoid confronting it. Some of the most common signs of aggression include:

Repeatedly showing teeth to an owner, visitors, or other animals

Showing signs of protectiveness over food or toys

Growling or whining when stranger or strange dogs approach

Snapping or biting

These do not necessarily mean that a dog is going to harm you, but they are behaviors that should be taken seriously.

Types of Aggression

Dogs can act aggressively for many reasons.  The following are some different types of aggressions:

Territorial Aggression—Dogs are instinctively protective of their home, yard, and anything they consider a “safe space.”  When others get too near to their territory, they may act aggressively towards the intruder.

Possession Aggression—Protecting items that the dog views as theirs can lead to aggressive behavior.  Often, dogs are overprotective of treats and food, but the behavior can be triggered by anything.

Dominant Aggression—When feeling threatened by another dog or person, some dogs will attempt to prove dominance in the pack.

Fear Aggression—When dogs are afraid, their instincts may tell them to fight the thing that is frightening them.

Punishment Aggression—Dogs that are being punished may be afraid for their well-being or unhappy that their toy was taken away.  This can sometimes trigger aggressive actions.

Predatory Aggression—When a dog’s instincts to hunt are triggered, their aggression levels may increase.  They can be triggered by joggers, squirrels, or anything else that is running away from them.

Maternal Aggression—Mother dogs may react aggressively towards people or animals that approach their litter.  This behavior is instinctual and intended to protect their babies.

Whether you are visiting friends, hanging out at the park, or observing your own pup, understanding the possible causes of aggressive behavior may help you to avoid an unnecessary injury.  Teaching your children and loved ones the importance of recognizing this type of behavior can also help them to stay safe around dogs they are unfamiliar with.

Victims of dog bites may have the right to file claims against the owner of the dog for failing to control their pet.  Often, these cases are intended to provide the victim with financial compensation for the costs of their medical treatment and other expenses.  By working with a dog bite lawyer, victims may be able to take the legal action needed to protect their rights.

 

Author Bio

Matthew Normal is a full-time blogger dedicated to sharing personal injury news and topics.  He regularly contributes to personal injury blogs in an effort to keep readers up to date on important safety information, legal news, and news stories.

Top 5 Tips for New Pet Owners

dog home Top 5 Tips for New Pet OwnersBecoming a pet owner is one of those decisions that will completely change your life. Bringing home a new dog, cat or other furry friend gives you a constant companion, a source of unconditional love and support, and a very real responsibility. If you are not up for all of the challenges that entails, you could find yourself regretting your decision. The last thing anyone wants is for you to give a pet up to adoption or the pound because you realize too late you’ve gotten in over your head. So carefully weight the pros and cons of pet ownership before you bring a new little buddy home. But if you’ve decided that the time is right, follow these top five tips to help ease your transition into pet ownership. Continue reading…

Facts You Didn’t Know About Reptiles’ Eyesight

Our cold-blooded friends have many impressive characteristics, from the Nile Crocodile being able to adapt to life in caves to the chameleon changing colour to match its surroundings. But as a whole, how impressive the vision capabilities of reptiles?

Reptiles’ activity during the day and their sleeping at night categorises them as diurnal animals. That said, their vision has evolved over thousands of years to be adapted to daylight conditions (as it’s this time of day they need their eyesight most).

Colour vision

The reptiles’ ability to see colour is far better than in amphibians and other common mammals. This is most likely due to their daytime activity and their changing surroundings.

Lizards: an impressive reptile

Lizards have incredibly deep colour perception, which is down to the importance for it to locate and catch prey and also for communication, particularly for chameleons. Many lizards rely a great deal on body language, and will often adopt particular positions to give off specific messages.

Anoles, a lizard with an extended dewlap (or beck area), also have patterns on their backs which are only visible under UV light, another impressive characteristic of their appearance.

Turtles, tortoises and terrapins

Reptile Eyesight Facts You Didnt Know About Reptiles’ Eyesight

When casually swimming in shallow waters, turtles submerge their whole body underwater – all except for their eyes and ears. Snapping turtles have eyes on the top of their heads which are closer together than those of other turtles. Sea turtles have tear ducts next to their eyes which can rid the body of excess salt that is taken in when they swim in the ocean.

Turtles have exceptional night vision which is due to the vast amount of rod cells that are housed in their retinas. Their colour vision is also impressive, and they can see anything from near UV to red.

Land turtles don’t have overly impressive ability to focus on moving prey, but this generally isn’t needed as they are slow moving animals. Sea turtles however have better movement pursuit abilities and can snap their beaks quickly to catch prey.

Snakes

Our slippery friends don’t have overly good vision, and often rely on heat sensing to catch their prey. In particular, pit vipers, boa constrictors and pythons have well developed heat sensitive pads next to their eyes. This allows the snake to completely engulf prey in complete darkness, just by sensing body heat.

Amy writes about eyesight and eye conditions for Direct Sight, a leading online provider of glasses and sunglasses including varifocals.

Natural Methods to Eradicate Spiders

Garden Spider Insect Natural Methods to Eradicate SpidersLike many kinds of arachnids, spiders are found almost everywhere. They can live in places with tough climates, except in sea habitats or in snow-covered Antarctica. There are over 40,000 species today and because spiders ensnare and eat many varieties of more devastating pests, several kinds of arachnids are beneficial to farmers and gardeners. However, these animals are considered by homeowners as pests. As summer approaches and days get warmer, spiders are forced to find shaded areas. This is why people often perceive an increase in spider population during hot months as more of these animals attempt to gain entry into the cooler interior of homes. They usually like kitchens and restrooms or any sheltered area near water sources. Although there are individuals who don’t mind that they are coexisting with arachnids, some do not like these animals outside and most especially inside their homes as spider webs can be a chore to clean up. More importantly, many species are venomous, which make them potentially dangerous. Though spiders rarely attack or bite people, it is still more prudent to get rid of spiders, particularly if these are black widows or other poisonous types, like the brown recluse.

A number of things can deter spiders from entering homes. Here are some easy-to-do ways to discourage spider populations from invading properties.

Cleaning Tips to Prevent Spider Invasions

Spiders like wood and items made from wood. So, they can typically be found in or near cardboard boxes, piles of paper or inside cabinets. Opting for plastic containers is one way of eliminating areas that are attractive to these animals.

Screens and tiny door or window holes should be patched up since these can be used by spiders as entry points. Another way to keep spiders away is by cleaning doors and windows with a blend of ammonia and water. You can also use kerosene. Wipe on the substance and let dry. This leaves minute deposits that spiders don’t like.

Proper garden or landscape maintenance is also a must. Don’t allow plants to grow uncontrollably. Dense vegetations are wonderful hiding places for these animals. A lot of pests that spiders prey upon also live in thick foliage. By trimming vegetation and keeping areas clean, there will be fewer bugs. When only a small number of insects are available, web spinners will also leave and find other areas where they’ll have plenty of food items.

Plants that Keep Away Spiders

A variety of plants can repel bugs. As for spiders, they usually avoid eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and citrus scents. If plants are not available, purchase essential oils. Because these kinds of oils have very strong aroma, only a few drops are often required. Then, mixtures should be sprayed in areas where spiders will most likely enter a home, as well as on corners and other nooks and crannies. Vinegar can also help in stopping spiders. This can be mixed with vanilla to reduce its acidic smell.

Nature-friendly Pesticides

Most bug sprays that work on other insects also destroy spiders. But with increasing concerns regarding the detrimental effects of pesticide use on the environment, people are now turning to natural earth-friendly ways for spider removal. An example of a safe pesticide is diatomaceous earth or DE. Sprinkle this substance on or near areas where spiders are most likely to pass through. DE is quite sticky so spiders, and many other insects like ants, will get attached onto it. When animals can no longer move, they cannot forage for food as well. A reminder – though DE is not a poisonous substance, it readily clings to mucosal membranes, like the covering of the respiratory tract. Hence, users must wear masks for protection.

The author, Claire Wallace, is an expert in pest control in Houston and surrounding areas. Her specialty is in spider control and eradication.

Seven Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before You Get a Pet

As you know if you’ve ever had a pet, caring for this little addition to your family is a hefty responsibility. Before you take the plunge, there are several question you may wish to ask yourself that will help you make an informed decision—and one that you won’t end up regretting.

Cat with Neck Collar 389x367 Seven Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before You Get a Pet

1.   Do you have enough space to accommodate the pet you are considering?
A goldfish bowl takes up virtually no space, but get a guinea pig and you’re talking about dedicating a larger area for a cage. If you get a cat you will need dedicated space for a litter box and with a dog, depending on size, it may be important to have a yard in which to run around.

2.   Can you afford to adequately care for the pet’s needs?
Pets can get expensive. While you probably have considered the cost of pet food, have you considered the additional expenses? Your pet will need regular vet care to stay healthy and, of course, should it get sick you will have to pay for veterinarian care and medicine. There are additional expenses depending on the kind of pet you choose, like preventative flea and tick treatments and grooming costs.

3.   Does your family have the time to devote to a pet?
It wouldn’t be fair to welcome a pet into your home and then never be there to spend time with it. It will add a significant burden to your daily responsibility chart to provide for your pet’s basic needs, but depending on the pet you choose, it very likely wants something more from you—your time and attention. While some pets are more self-sufficient (a cat uses a litter box, for example), and some pets are caged, pets like a dog will require you to come home and let it outside on a regular basis.

4.   Who will be the pet’s primary caregiver?
It is a common issue when families bring a pet home. The kids are typically very excited and eager to take on the added responsibilities at first, but as the excitement wanes and those tasks become ‘chores,’ all of a sudden they may become reluctant. Are you ready to deal with that if it happens? Will you be able to either enforce your rules or take over the responsibilities yourself? Keep in mind the pet will need care regardless of who performs it.

5.   Do any of your family members have allergies?
This is an important consideration. If you or a family member is allergy prone or has ever experienced a problem around someone else’s pet, make sure you check with a doctor before your pet search.

6.   Does the pet you are considering fit your lifestyle?
It’s important to have the space for a pet, but there are other lifestyle considerations as well. If you travel quite a bit, will you have someone who can care for your pet, or better yet, can it go along with you? Can you accommodate the exercise needs of a large pet like long walks for a large dog, for example?

7.   Can you pet-proof your home?
You have to pet-proof your home much like you would baby-proof it when bringing home an infant. Pet’s can become quite ill if they ingest certain foods, plants, garbage or medication, so you will need to rethink where you keep certain items. And, you need to be vigilant about keeping things safe, so those holiday decorations and other expensive décor may need moved to avoid being broken. Pets are messy too, so expect there will be some accidents along the way. But, most pet owners will agree, the love they share is so worth it.

Trevor Lawrence is a huge fan and lover of animals and a pre-veterinary student at Texas A&M. He uses a grammar checker before turning in any schoolwork to ensure the work is both grammatically correct and clear. He is currently working on a To Kill a Mockingbird project for his English class.