Dog says: Your hug is not welcome human. Stop it.

I didn’t have many Woofy posts lately, Maia is doing fine, so is Mikka. But I just saw this post and video on “No Dog About It” and want to spread the message. I see similar behaviour with Maia when she doesn’t want to cuddle. At other times she wants to crawl on my lap. The important message here, I think (apart from the body language) is: mind the dog’s space, just like us, they sometimes just want to be left alone.
After watching this video, maybe we look at all the ‘cute’ kid/doggie memes a bit differently.

No Dog About It Blog

42-17207233As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, this week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23).

I’ve been planning for this week for a few months now; collecting videos, graphics and other information, so that I could share it with all of you.

I know that this subject is not as sexy as the latest new story about a lost dog reunion or dog rescue story, but it is a very real problem with huge impacts. Did you know?

  • 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year
  • 1 in 5 are bad enough to require medical attention
  • It is estimated that in 2013, insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims (You can see the top 10 states for dog bite claims in 2014 here.)
  • In that same year, 26,935 reconstructive procedures were performed to repair injuries caused by dog bites…

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