Beach Safety for Pets

June 25, 2011 | By Maggie Marton

Tips to keep your pet secure in the surf and sand.

With summer officially underway, it’s time to hit the sand and surf. While taking your dog to the beach can be fun for the whole family, there are a few safety considerations that will make the trip even more enjoyable.

Surf Dog Ricochet is an award-winning surf dog and philanthropic role model. Not only does Ricochet clean up surfing awards, but she was also an extra in the movie Marmaduke. With all her beach know-how, Ricochet’s person, Judy Fridono, a certified professional dog trainer, shares her tips for keeping your dog safe at the beach.

Test your dog’s swimming smarts. It’s a common misconception that all dogs know how to swim. Not all dogs like to swim, either. Before you dive in, allow your dog time to explore along the shoreline or in shallow areas.

Scope out the beach. “Survey the surrounding area. Are there cliffs? If your dog is prone to chase critters like Ricochet, you’ll want to keep them away from potentially dangerous cliffs. They can fall off the side, or the structure may be fragile, and a whole section of the cliff can fall from underneath them,” said Fridono. She also cautions owners to look for any reefs that your dog could access. “Running on reefs can be dangerous as they have very sharp edges.”

Gear up for safety. If your dog’s recall isn’t strong or if your dog tends to chase animals like Ricochet does, bring a long lead. And even if your dogs are strong swimmers, “they should wear a life jacket because riptides can take them out,” said Fridono.

Watch for wildlife. “Watch for jellyfish lying on the shore. Dogs tend to be curious and they can be dangerous,” said Fridono. “Same thing with stingrays that like to swim near the shore. They can sting a dog’s paw.” Practice the “leave it” command before your trip to the beach to keep your dog from picking up dangerous wildlife.

Guard against the elements. Just like you check to see if pavement is too hot for your dog’s feed, check to see if the sand is too hot. If need be, get your pup booties to prevent burns. Even though your pup may enjoy romping through the water — or maybe even surfing like Ricochet — keep him hydrated on shore. “Don’t let your dog drink salt water from the ocean. It can make them very sick,” said Fridono. “Bring plenty of fresh water, and make sure they drink it.”

You and your dog can have a blast at the beach this summer as long as you take a few safety precautions. The bottom line, according to Fridono: “Make sure you keep an eye on your dog at all times. It only takes a second for an accident to happen.”


Happy 4th of July to You and Your Pets!


ASPCA, July 1, 2011


Pet Parents, Prepare for the Fireworks!

Boom! It’s that time of year again—BBQ, sunscreen and fireworks. Unfortunately, these holiday light shows are no blast for many pets. In fact, the sound of fireworks, even small ones, can terrify your dog. In some cases it may even cause hearing damage—dogs’ hearing can be 10 times more sensitive than humans’. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help your dog get through the Independence Day festivities.



  • Keep them home. Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them. The best option is to leave your pup indoors in a safe, secure, escape-proof room. Do not leave pets outside, even in a fenced yard, anytime fireworks might be set off.
  • Make it comfy! Set up a comfy bed, food and water. Consider leaving a TV or radio on to drown out the sound of the fireworks and to provide familiar noises. And keep the windows and curtains closed to help muffle the noise and block bursts of light.
  • Use Proper I.D. Make sure your pooch is wearing correct identification and tags just in case he or she becomes scared and runs away from home. Microchipping also is a great precaution.
  • Keep the goodies at bay! Keep your pet away from used and unused fireworks, as well as alcoholic beverages, human foods and other Fourth of July treats since many of these items can be harmful.




For our full list of holiday precautions, visit our Fourth of July Safety Tips!













Desperately Seeking Loving Home!

Please help find Tai a new home. He’s a Taiwanese Mountain Dog, about 5
years old and 30 pounds. He needs a quiet loving home where he is the
only dog and no small children. He is obedient, doesn’t chew on
furniture or pee in the house. He is not a guard dog.

He does have some fear aggression (typical for this type of dog). It is
not a huge issue, but he is aggressive towards other dogs.

Here is more info on the breed:

Photo is attached, he is hanging out at work 🙂


Wendy says:!

Happy Monday!

Returning to the office on a summer Monday can be rough after a weekend of fun in the sun.  Mondays can be rough (or ruff!) on your pooches, too.  The warm weather means we get to have more fun outside with our dogs.  Perhaps your pup has been enjoying longer walks, more time at the doggie park, or joining you for a barbecue or sidewalk cafe where they receive lots of attention and stimulation from your friends and family.  When Monday rolls around, they are back to their boring routine of waiting for you to come home from work.  Boredom and excess energy can lead to behavior problems.  How about giving them an extra special Kong before you leave for work?  A Kong is a hollow rubber toy you can stuff with food.  They are a great way to keep your dog’s brain and jaws busy while you’re away from home.  Kongs are the staple food puzzle toy, but there are many others, including the Buster Cube, Tricky Treat Ball, Tug-a-Jug, Twist ‘n Treat, Atomic Treat Ball, TreatStik, to name a few!

Try not to get stuck in a rut, stuffing the usual treats in your pooch’s Kong. If your dog’s digestive system can handle a wide variety of foods, be creative and think of new and tasty snacks to give Rover.  Have you considered keeping some halved bananas in your freezer so you can quickly and easily stuff one in a Kong before you leave for work?  It doesn’t get any easier than that!  I suggest making up some Kongs on Sunday night and keeping them in your freezer, ready to go for the week.  Below you will find a fancy Kong-stuffing suggestion, but you can click here for more examples:


Wendy DeSarno, CPDT-KA, CTC

Certified Trainer and Behavior Consultant

Good to the Bone Dog Training

(516) 967-8177

Pet food recall due to Salmonella threat

We are happy to say that The Jumping Bulldog does not carry this product!

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has announced a recall of approximately 870 bags of dry cat food that is feared contaminated with Salmonella. The product was shipped to three western states: Colorado, Idaho and Oregon.

The cat food was erroneously distributed in February, 2011. So far, no reports of illness have been made.

The specific items involved in the recall are:

  • Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food, sold in 6.3  lb. bags. The product has a “best used by” date of August 2012; production code 10331083 13; and bag UPC code 17800 11320.
  • Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food, sold in 3.15 lb. bags. The product has “best used by” date of August 2012; production code 10381083 06; and bag UPC code 50000 08450.
  • Friskies Grilllers Blend Dry Cat Food, sold in 16 lb. bags. The product has “best used by” date of August 2012; production code 10381083 06; and bag UPC code 50000 57578.

No other Purina cat or dog products are involved in the recall.

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products are urged to discard them in sealed containers. Product refunds may be obtained by calling the manufacturer toll-free at 1-800-982-6559 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, or by visiting the Nestlé Purina website:

Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit diminished appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may become lethargic and experience bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and displays these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Be mindful that humans who have handled contaminated products are at risk of Salmonella poisoning. This is especially true of individuals have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.

Authored by:

Howard PortnoyPet News ExaminerJune 28, 2011 9:24 am ET