Safety for Your Dog in Your Home
By Ben Kersen
Training gear (whether it’s a “choke”/check chain, harness or head harness) should only be used for training. It is also important that the equipment is fitted properly so there is less chance of it snagging on something when you turn your back. Dogs can get a training collar that is too long caught on a shrub in the yard or on furniture in the house. If the dog is unsupervised, it may panic, and this can be fatal.
At Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs we tell all our clients to be careful with feeding and exercising their dogs. Ensure you feed your dog 20 minutes or more after exercising, and NEVER right before. When a dog has a full stomach then starts to exercise, the stomach can ‘flip’ or bloat (also called a stomach torsion) and this can often be a fatal condition.
Chocolate, though yummy for people, is poisonous for dogs. Semi-sweet chocolate in very small quantities can be fatal; milk chocolate isn’t quite as toxic but can still kill a dog if eaten in large quantities.
Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs Poison Proofing
Dogs are natural-born scavengers, and they will head for the worst things: a spot of antifreeze in a driveway (which is HIGHLY toxic and often fatal), a discarded chicken bone, chocolate, etc. Because scavenging is such a natural instinct, poison proofing is a vital part of your dog’s training.
We offer Poison Proofing at Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs. There are two different concepts when teaching this:
|1. teach your dog to take food from your hand only and never to scavenge for food on the ground; or2. if you have to be away or kennel your dog at times, you can teach your dog never to scavenge for food on the ground, but allow it to take food from other people.|
Poison proofing is a service that Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs provide with consistent results. This consultation can be done in our office or by telephone. Visit our website for more information: www.wonderdogs.ca.
There are also many houseplants and some outdoor plants that are poisonous. Most nurseries have lists of these. Before you bring a puppy home, you will want to make an inventory of plants around the house.
The following is a list of plants that can be toxic or fatal to dogs:
Apple Leaf Croton
Avocado (fruit and pit)
Bird of Paradise
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves)
Easter Lily (especially in cats!!!!)
Fruit Salad Plant
Giant Dumb Cane
Gold Dust Dracaena
Hahn’s Self-Branching Ivy
Indian Rubber Plant
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily (especially cats !!!)
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lily of the Valley
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Mother-in Law’s Tongue
Oriental Lily (especially in cats!!!)
Peach (wilting leaves and pits)
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Spotted Dumb Cane
String of Pearls
Swiss Cheese Plant
Tiger Lily (especially cats!!!)
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves)
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Until Next Time,
Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs