Madison our Pet of the Week on Wet Nose Wednesday
Madison, from the Humane Society of West Michigan, came to visit.
Madison is a beautiful 3-year old Retriever/American Stafford Terrier mix who came to the Humane Society from a shelter in Little Rock, AR. He's a fun loving dog who enjoys being active but, also can be fond of a good cuddle at the end of a busy day.
The Pit Bull Mix can sometimes get a bum rap from the miss-treated Pit Bulls that have cause harm. Fear not, Pit Bulls rank among the most loyal, affectionate, human-oriented, intelligent, and well tempered dogs on the planet, according to Save A Bull. Pit Bulls, in a nutshell, are a breed that is overly friendly with people, never prone to human-aggression or guarding.
Next week is Dog Bite Prevention week and Trudy had some good tips on how humans approach dogs.
The first step is Always Ask - Always Ask the Owner if it’s okay to approach and meet their dog. Dogs have boundaries too, just like humans. Some dogs need their space or don't want to interact: and this is okay!
This Campaign is to respect the dog's need, not our own. Tuning into dog's reactions should govern our human behavior.
Other steps to the Always Ask program include:
Avoid eye contact - for humans eye contact gains trust but in a dog's world, that can signal aggression.
Side up to the dog if the owner says it's okay. This is better than facing the animal - side by side mimics dogs behavior with one another. That will make the dog feel safer with you.
Don't crouch over the dog - that's threatening to them. Squat, or stand up straight. Let the dog come to you. Walking straight toward a dog can look like an attack for a dog.
Don't pat the dog's head or back end. If the dog is open to touching, touch the dog with your open hand on his shoulder, neck or chest.
Stop when the dog wants to stop. The dog will let you know by changing his position.
You can get all the information on the Humane Society website or call (616) 453-8900.