Dog advice from the vet clinic Geelong pet owners call to themMay 22, 2015
We were disturbed to read reports of a pet owner whose dog died after an attack by another dog at the weekend. While the death of any pet is tragic, a pet dying from the consequences of an attack is traumatic for the animal’s owner, particularly if the owner witnessed and tried to intervene in the incident.
While we don’t know the whole story, the weekend’s incident reinforces the need for responsible pet ownership, the necessity for dogs to learn to socialise with other dogs and the need for dogs to take part in obedience lessons and learn to immediately obey commands. Keeping dogs on leads around other animals is another worthwhile precaution.
Mobile Vet is the vet clinic Geelong and district residents call to their homes for appointments and on our travels we often see unattended dogs on the loose or owners struggling at the end of a lead to keep hold of a dog that has obviously missed out on the basic fundamentals of dog training.
There is no guarantee that training would have prevented the weekend dog attack but the odds are high. Training and socialising are of proven benefit when it comes to dog psychology. Trained dogs behave the way you want them to, not the way they want to. Not only that, training also helps embed your dog into the fabric of your family and friendship groups.
Our mobile vet clinic for Geelong and district has had to attend to its fair share of incidents cleaning up after dog fights and other animal attacks over the years. It’s always an unpleasant and sometimes gruesome task, occasionally with fatal consequences.
If we can leave you with one piece of advice in the wake of the weekend dog attack, it’s to ensure you socialise and train your dogs. Yes, it’s a bit of an effort but the reward is enormous, from a safety element and also from an enjoyment aspect. A well-trained dog is a delight.
If you’d like to know more about Mobile Vet, the vet clinic Geelong and district animal owners call to their homes, or information about dog training, make sure you get in touch. We’ll be happy to help.