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GRRNT May 2015 Newsletter
Dog Bite Prevention Edition
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GRRNT May 2015 Newsletter

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Fight the Bite: Teach Kids How to Interact Well With Dogs

Just about every kid wants a dog, and if you’re a parent bringing a new furry member of the family into your fold, you need to know how to teach your kids to interact properly with their new pet.

Remember that what you teach your kids about how to act around their own dog will also help them learn how to act around all dogs.  This can be especially crucial knowledge when a strange dog approaches.

In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23, 2015), here are some tips:

Learn dog body language.  Just like people, dogs show how they are feeling through body language.  Some of the signals that dogs use to indicate they may be uncomfortable include:
  • Tense body
  • Stiff tail
  • Intense stare
  • Eyes rolled back so whites are visible
  • Ears pulled back
  • Furrowed brow
  • Backing away from you
Respect their space.  Respecting a dog’s space is especially crucial when it is eating or playing with a toy.  Teach children not to bother a dog at mealtime or when sleeping, and not to try to snatch a toy away.  Do not get in a dog’s face, even to give hugs and kisses -- most dog bites to the face occur when this happens.

Be gentle.  People don’t like rough handling, and neither do dogs.  Teach children the importance of having a gentle touch, and that a real dog is not a stuffed animal.  No pulling on ears or tails.  Never allow children to hit or pin a dog down.

Supervise play.  Parents need to supervise playtime between their children and a dog.  Put down your smartphone and pay attention.

Train your dog.  Use positive reinforcement techniques to train your dog and be sure you are properly socializing your pet by taking it on walks and having it around other people and dogs.

Be a tree.  Teach children to act like a tree if a strange dog approaches.  They should not try to run or scream.  

Teaching your children the proper etiquette for interacting with dogs will help insure that they only have positive experiences with the family pet -- and that you don’t have to make a frantic run to the emergency room.
 

Volunteer Spotlight:  Pat and Ray Spooner

Pat and Ray Spooner are GRRNT fosters who came to the role in an unusual way.  In 2004, they had to surrender their female Golden named Sugar because of aggression problems.  Because they had this unfortunate experience, they were wary of adopting an unknown dog, and worked closely with a GRRNT foster to find just the right dog.

They eventually adopted Angel, a very shy female that clearly needed another dog to help her gain confidence.  As Pat explains:
Angel had done better at her foster's home where she had the other dogs to follow but at our home she stayed on her bed in the bedroom.  We had to put a leash on her and coax her out of the house to go do her business.  I called her foster for advice and jokingly said I needed to borrow one of her dogs.  She told me I could have a foster dog of my own.

The start of our fostering dogs had begun.  Our intake volunteer showed up at our front door with Josh, a three-year-old male from a shelter in Joshua, TX.  Josh was your typical, happy go lucky, lovable Golden. No way was he staying in the bedroom.  He was out and about and pretty soon Angel was on his heels to see what he was getting that she wasn't.  They became inseparable and Josh was a "failure to foster" when Angel adopted him.  None of us could give him up!  Josh was able to give Angel the confidence she so badly needed.  Josh and Angel both helped all the dogs who followed in their footsteps and were goodwill ambassadors at many a GRRNT event.  More importantly, Josh and Angel helped heal me.  They helped erase some of the scars left by Sugar.
Ray served on GRRNT’s Board of Directors from 2007-2009.  The dogs they have fostered all the way to adoption include Josh (who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in September 2013), Quinn, Royce, Breezy, Hudson, Asia, Wren, Scarlett, Hammy, Corona, Daisy (a foster to adopt who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in March 2014), Suede and Buster (their second foster to adopt).
Left: Josh and Angel; Right: Quinn

Dog Spotlight:

Bud, Flower, and Blossom were born on 2/10/15 as part of the GRRNT Springtime Litter. These little pups are looking for their forever homes. You can learn more about them on our website.

Flower - http://www.goldenretrievers.org/our-dogs/flower-15-119

Bud - http://www.goldenretrievers.org/our-dogs/bud-15-124

Blossom - http://www.goldenretrievers.org/our-dogs/blossom-15-120

Upcoming Events |  All Events


May 9  - Saturday:
Bass Pro Meet & Greet

May 23 - Saturday:
City Vet – Preston Royal Meet & Greet

June 20 – Saturday:
Rahr Fundraising Day

September 17 – Thursday:
North Texas Giving Day 2015

October 17 - Saturday:
GRRNT Fall Picnic (Rain day 10/24)

Click on an event for more details.

100% of your donation supports GRRNT in rescuing and caring for Golden Retrievers in the North Texas area. Click here to donate today.

Corporate Matching Programs can greatly increase the power of your donation. Our donation form includes an area to add contact details for your company's program. Click here to donate today.

The GRRNT Canvas Tote bag is a great reusable shopping bag, beach bag, casual purse, or gear bag for your Golden! It is made of 10 oz heavyweight natural canvas fabric and has a full side and bottom gusset. It has 22" reinforced self-fabric handles, measures 15" x 18" x 6", and is machine washable. Best of all, you can show off your love for GRRNT and support Goldens in need!

Click here to can buy it at the GRRNT CafePress Store.
The GRRNT 2015 Calendar is on sale for $15 instead of the normal $20. That price includes shipping and tax. Click here to order yours today!

Calendars and T-shirts will be on sale at our Meet & Greets. Calendars will be $5 and a Calendar plus T-Shirt will only be $15.
GRRNT would like to extend a big thank you Lynda Collins (www.thewordrodeo.com) for generously contributing her writing skills to our newsletters. Thank you Lynda! We appreciate your talents!
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