Animal Scene - - THE 411 -

• Never sud­denly pat or grab a dog or its tail from be­hind; he or she may snap at you, and it’s just rude to han­dle some­one else’s dog with­out per­mis­sion from the owner. Al­ways choose a calm pet, and ask the owner first if it’s okay. Once you have per­mis­sion, let the dog sniff your hand first, then pet its chest, chin, or back (ex­perts do not rec­om­mend you pat the top of its head). Do not stare at the dog’s eyes or it may take it as a chal­lenge, as a crowded pet fair can be stress­ful.

• Do not bring pets that need a muz­zle and choked col­lars. This goes • Don’t feed other peo­ple’s pets; they may have al­ler­gies or be on a strict diet.

• Chap­er­one your pet at all times to keep him or her un­der con­trol. Un­less your dog is well-trained, don’t let him or her off the leash be­cause there is no telling how other an­i­mals will re­act to him or her. with­out ex­pla­na­tion: if they can’t play nice at home, they won’t be able to do so in public―least of all in the crowded venue a pet fair is go­ing to be. Think of the chil­dren and small an­i­mals who at­tend those events; no­body wants to be the rea­son for a tragedy.

• Do not scream at your pet or kick, choke, or oth­er­wise hurt it to dis­ci­pline it. I saw one owner sub­du­ing her dog at a fair in Cen­tris by kick­ing it re­peat­edly. His of­fense? Bark­ing at other dogs―a nat­u­ral so­cial be­hav­ior that should not be pun­ished! Your dog is likely to be ex­cited by the sights, sounds, and smells of a fair, and may be harder to dis­ci­pline. Cru­elty sim­ply proves you are un­wor­thy of be­ing a pet owner and that you do not have the in­tel­li­gence to dis­ci­pline your pet oth­er­wise. In­ci­den­tally, Dog Coach Fran­cis ad­vo­cates against such meth­ods, be­cause they are al­ways coun­ter­pro­duc­tive and may end up in­still­ing the wrong be­hav­ior in your pet.

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