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     Most people don’t understand the relationship between pack structure and dogs.  Because of this, dogs are out of control within their own packs and therefore unpredictable when encountering new dogs and packs.  Pack instincts are pivotal in all family pets.  These drives become heightened when dogs are out of their own trusted environment and placed into the mix of strange dogs.

     New dogs are even more at risk.  Dogs that have visit the park regularly have established a level of consistent habits and also see this as their territory.  New dogs more often are seen as intruders as opposed to new friends.  Territorial aggression, fear aggression and dominance aggression can flare up quickly in these situations.

     The first incorrect assumption is that every dog in the park is well-mannered and or trained.  Observing play between other dogs does not mean your dog will be extended the welcome mat.  Within these groups, the issue of rank has already been settled and rules established.  Your dog does not know the rules and is extremely vulnerable to attack.

To read more about dog park behaviors, click on the links below:

***Noteworthy on this topic is also the topic of dogs getting attacked in doggy day care.  A friend of mine managed a doggy day care here in Atlanta and relayed a tragic story of a small dog getting killed by a larger dog.  Please follow the link below to learn more about choosing the right place for your loved pet.




I wanted to bring some attention to a rare cancer in dogs because a client of Your Neighborhood Pet Sitter in Atlanta has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.  When the owner of Marley the Cocker Spaniel first contacted me to hire me as a pet sitter, she mentioned that she had just taken Marley in for testing.  Marley is only 7 and had been having trouble holding his pee and needing to pee more often.  This was atypical behavior for a very well behaved dog.  After she received the test results, she let me know that Marley had been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and given six months to live.  In the meantime, we are helping out by being there for Marley on days when her owner has long days at work and giving her and her buddy Bocca as much love and care as we can.  Below are some early warning signs of prostate cancer in dogs.

posted courtsesy of, “Cancer of the prostate gland, also called prostatic neoplasia, is an uncommon but extremely serious disease that can affect both neutered and intact male dogs. Prostate tumors are aggressive, highly invasive, space-occupying masses that usually have spread to the spine, pelvis, lymph nodes, lungs and/or other remote locations by the time they are detected.  Symptoms of prostate cancer tend to develop gradually and include urination abnormalities, straining to defecate, constipation, scooting, bloody discharge from the penis, lameness, lethargy, appetite and weight loss, weakness and depression. Affected dogs can exhibit one, some, all or none of these symptoms. Owners who notice some of these symptoms should take their dog to a veterinarian as quickly as possible for diagnosis and treatment.”