I just got off the phone with one of the New Jersey animal rescue organizations that Spirit Animal Sanctuary, has helped in the past. They called me to ask how their two girls we have are enjoying the snow so far and to talk about a dog they recently pulled that was on the euth list. The dog they were talking about is a happy-go-lucky leash grabber, during walks. In this particular instance, a less than knowledgeable volunteer was walking the dog when the dog jumped up to grab the leash and inadvertently grabbed the volunteers hand as well. This freaked the volunteer out who immediately returned the dog to shelter staff, saying he bit me. Because of the dogs playful exuberance there was scraps that did break the skin, so the dog was put into mandatory quarantine for observation before being put to sleep.
We have a couple of dogs here at the sanctuary, that in all probability have bite records against them because nobody ever taught them how to use their mouth gently during play. This is one area were we should take the time to teach those less experienced individuals (even though they think they have a lot of dog experience), the difference between to rough play bites and real bites. And it’s real easy to tell the difference. Does the dog have a happy face and eye’s, when he grabs you or not. It really is that easy and hopefully you can accurately tell the difference, between play and not play.
Here’s to hoping more people get it, so less dogs are euthanized.
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Boonville, New York 13309
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