When a dog bite occurs, what you MUST do.

Dogs are going to scrap it out from time to time, it happens @ every dog run.

Here are some simple tips to follow:

1. Closely monitor your dog at ALL TIMES (I’m seeking the young woman with the young white pit that bit a beagle last nite. We need to talk. If anyone knows her/dog’s name it’d be helpful, thanks sudsmutts@hotmail.com)
Also remember, we have a high powered hose, don’t be afraid to use it. Take BOTH dogs OUT of the run ASAP.
Lastly, exchange information, even if the dogs appear fine, puncture wounds might not show until a careful inspection @ home.

2. If a dog fight does occur follow these steps from the ASPCA:

From ASPCA webpage:


Breaking Up a Fight

How to Stop a Scuffle between Two Dogs
Sometimes, despite your best efforts to monitor their interactions, dogs get into fights. Luckily, most fights last less than a few seconds, and you can often interrupt them by simply shouting at the dogs. If the fight continues, however, you should be prepared to physically separate them.
Breaking up a dogfight can be dangerous. To reduce the likelihood of injury to all parties, follow the guidelines below.

General Advice
Have a plan. Decide in advance exactly what you’ll do if a fight happens. If you live with multiple dogs and other people, make sure everyone living in your home knows about the plan.
Don’t panic. Remember that most dogfights are noisy but harmless. If you stay calm, you’ll be able to separate two fighting dogs more safely and efficiently.
DO NOT grab your dog by the collar if she starts to fight with another dog. It seems like the natural thing to do, but it’s a bad idea. Your dog might whip around to bite you. This kind of bite, called redirected aggression, is like a reflex. The dog simply reacts to the feeling of being grabbed and bites without thinking. Many pet parents get bitten this way—even when their dogs haven’t shown any signs of aggression in the past. Another reason to avoid grabbing your dog’s collar is that it puts your hands way too close to the action! You might be on the receiving end of a bite that was intended for your dog.
Plan A: Startle the Dogs or Use a Barrier
Before you physically separate two fighting dogs, try these methods:

A sudden, loud sound will often interrupt a fight. Clap, yell and stomp your feet. If you have two metal bowls, bang them together near the dogs’ heads. You can also purchase a small air horn and keep that handy. Put it in your back pocket before taking your dog somewhere to play with other dogs. If you have multiple dogs who get into scuffles, keep your air horn in an easily accessible place. If a startling noise works to stop a fight, the noise is effective almost immediately. If your noisemaking doesn’t stop the fight within about three seconds, try another method.
If there’s a hose or water bowl handy, you can try spraying the dogs with water or dumping the bowl of water on their heads.
Use a citronella spray, like SprayShield™ or Direct Stop®. Aim for the fighting dogs’ noses. If you walk your dog in an area where you may encounter loose dogs, it’s wise to carry citronella spray with you. If an aggressive dog approaches, spraying the deterrent in his direction may stop him in his tracks and prevent a fight. If he attacks, spraying the deterrent on or near his nose may break up the fight.
Try putting something between the fighting dogs. A large, flat, opaque object, like a piece of plywood, is ideal because it both separates the dogs and blocks their view of each other. If such an object isn’t available, you can make do with a baby gate, a trash can or folded lawn chair. Closing a door between the dogs can also break up a fight. Throwing a large blanket over both dogs is another option. The covered dogs may stop fighting if they can no longer see each other.

Plan B: Physically Separate the Dogs
If other methods don’t work or aren’t possible, it’s time for Plan B. If you’re wearing pants and boots or shoes, use your lower body instead of your hands to break up the fight. If they’re covered, your legs and your feet are much more protected than your hands, and your legs are the strongest part of your body.
If you feel that it’s necessary to grab the dogs, use this method:

1. You and a helper or the other dog’s pet parent should approach the dogs together. Try to separate them at the same time.
2. Take hold of your dog’s back legs at the very top, just under her hips, right where her legs connect to her body. (Avoid grabbing her lower legs. If grab a dog’s legs at the knees, her ankles or her paws, you can cause serious injury.)
3. Like you’d lift a wheelbarrow, lift your dog’s back end so that her back legs come off of the ground. Then move backwards, away from the other dog. As soon as you’re a few steps away, do a 180-degree turn, spinning your dog around so that she’s facing the opposite direction and can no longer see other dog.
The Aftermath

After the fight stops, immediately separate the dogs. Don’t give them another chance to fight. It’s important to make sure that they can’t see each other. Take one or both dogs into another room or area. If the dogs are friends and you’ve interrupted a minor squabble, keep them apart until they calm down.

ALL Dogs MUST wear a collar w/ ID in Dog run

Hey everyone. PLEASE use common sense. DO NOT bring your dog into the run w/o a collar, or harness, that has ID on it.

It is necessary for a few reasons:

1. If the dog escapes it’s easier to track down
2. In case of a dog fight it is easier to grab and control the animal.

*******NO COLLAR/HARNESS (with ID tags) NO ENTRY.*******

The run is not just about any one individual, including me, so please do the right thing by everyone else.

Also, please, kindly, escort all unattended children out of the dog run (children without a parent AND a dog are not allowed in the run). You cannot afford to be shy about it. If your dog bites a child that doesn’t belong in the dog run you are responsible for it. Ask them ‘Where is your dog/Parents’ “Ummmm…Home?’ ‘Sorry kid, you can’t stay in the dog run, it is only for people with their dogs.’ I walked in today and there were 5 kids running around your dogs (about 10 adults) and no one was doing anything about it. It won’t be fun and games when one of them is rough with your dog and gets their finger ripped open.

Simple. Easy. Do it.



Vote for Best ‘Curb Your Dog’ Sign from PS 150 Kids

Photo Credit: sunnysidepost.com

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer asked SUDS to help out with his ‘Curb Your Dog’ initiative. He worked with kids @ PS #150 to create signs asking people to do the right thing and pick up after their dogs. On Friday 5 posters were chosen and we can vote for the one that we think is best.

Visit sunnysidepost.com to view the different options and vote for your favorite one.

Special ‘Thank You’s’ go out to SUDsters Jeannette (Shanghai), Mark and Debbie (Spike and Chico) for representing SUDS yesterday. Also, thank you to Sam Adbradouh, the owner of Wespaw Pets, for his continuing generosity to SUDS and our Sunnyside community.

We are going to try and coordinate our “Pick up the Poop” Day with the hanging of the winning poster, details to follow soon.

Here is a 2nd article from dna.info: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130322/sunnyside/pooches-school-kids-help-wage-campaign-against-dog-doo-sunnyside



Yellow Dog Project

As dog owners it’s our responsibility to make sure our dogs are safe and protected.  Not all dogs are ready to socialize for a variety of reasons.  This seems like a great and easy way to signal to other dog owners if your dog is not ready to socialize.

Communication is the key.  If you know that your dog is unready to socialize, tell other dog walkers.  Let them know you prefer them to keep walking.  If your dog is aggressive consider a muzzle as a great solution to walk your dog and attempt to socialize them without the potential for any real physical damage.

There are also great resources to get help training your dog.


Lost dog Alert!!

UPDATE: This dog has been reunited with it’s owner!  Thanks to Karl who found this dog and made great efforts to get him back to his family.

A concerned dog owner has found a Pekingese dog in our neighborhood and reached out to SUDS. If you have any information please email info@sudsmutts.com. The information from the owner is below:

I have found a small pekingese type dog on 47 th st at queens midtown expressway. I have posted signs around the neighborhood. the dog is male well groomed brown with a black face. He has no collar or tags he followed my dog and I for blocks and I couldn’t leave him wander alone in the heat of tday. He will be staying with me for the moment safe with my bulldog until I decide what to do.if u are contacted by the owner could u please contact me by email .he seems to be in good spirits for the moment but I’m sure the owner is v worried and dismayed

Again, if you have any info email us ASAP.


Animal Control Debuts 311-Style Phone Service

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Animal Control Debuts 311-Style Phone Service for Pet Owners

NEW YORK — New York’s furry friends have their own city help line.

Animal Care & Control announced the debut of a new 311-like program for pets and other animals in the city Monday morning, complete with a new hotline and redesigned website to help animal lovers navigate services ranging from pet adoptions to house training tips.

“We want to make it easier for the community to better understand our services so that together, we can better serve the animals of New York City,” said Julie Bank, executive director at AC&C, in a release about the newly polished program.

“Improving how we communicate and share information with the public is one of our priorities.”

The new service includes information about what to do with sick or injured animals, or what to do when you find a stray. The information is offered in Spanish and English.

The phone line also recommends what to do for lost pets, and offers tips on housetraining, behavior and medical concerns.

“The AC&C mission is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of people and pets in New York City,” an automated voice says on the phone service.

The NYC 311 website also links to the new Animal Care & Control website to give news and information about pet adoptions, foster programs, partner organizations, and educational resources.

The program is funded by both the city and private donations.

The new phone system and direct phone number for AC&C is (212) 788-4000.