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Dog Tips: Toxic Foods to Avoid

As a dog owner, it’s extremely important to know what types of food are toxic for your furry friend. Moreover, many people may be tempted to give their dog all of their food scraps, but this is not a good habit to get into. There are some fruits, vegetables, and other types of food that can wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system. This can cause serious health problems and send your dog to the vet. On the contrary, there are some foods that we introduce to our canines that can be beneficial to their health. It’s valuable to be aware of which types of food are safe or dangerous for your dog.

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  • Chocolate. No matter how delicious chocolate is, it is not safe for our furry friends. Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine which can lead to kidney failure. Dark chocolate has the highest concentration of theobromine
  • Avocado. You could put avocado on almost anything (toast, tacos, sandwiches) and we’d eat all of it. However, avocados contain something called persin which causes vomiting or diarrhea in dogs. 
  • Onions and garlic. For instance, whether it is raw, cooked, dehydrated, or powered, keep all forms away from your canine. If one of these foods is ingested, it can kill your dog’s red blood cells and cause anemia. 
  • Grapes and Raisins.  In short, it is unknown what toxic substance is within this fruit, but it does cause kidney failure when ingested. 
  • Macadamia Nuts. These nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia in dogs. In addition, macadamia nuts can affect the nervous system. Further, the signs will typically appear within 12 hours of digestion and can last around 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Cooked bones. Always avoid cooked bones. Your dog can knaw on a raw bone and love it. Cooked bones can easily splinter after being ingested. In large quantities, these bones can cause constipation or worst, perforation of your dog’s gut, which is fatal.

Other Toxic Foods to Avoid

In addition, here is a list of other types of food that should never be ingested by your dog. Many of these foods can cause similar health problems, including vomiting. 

  • Peaches and plums
  • Almonds
  • Cinnamon 
  • Ice cream
  • Xylitol (which is a sweetener that is used in many foods)
  • Alcohol

Safe Foods That Your Dog Can Ingest

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A list of safe foods is provided below. Please remember that if you do feed your dog anything listed, it should be in small quantities.

  • Bread
  • Cashews and Pistachios
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Fully cooked eggs 
  • Fish, including tuna and salmon
  • Ham
  • Honey
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Watermelon
  • Cooked white rice
  • Cooked pasta

Always remember to be aware of what you are feeding your dog. A healthy and balanced diet is essential to a long and happy life. If your canine ingested any of the dangerous foods, immediately contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

If you haven’t yet, go read out our previous blogs “Teaching Your Puppy to Stay,” and “Puppy-Proof Your Home,”.

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Dog Tips: Teaching Your Pup How to Stay

Teaching your dog to stay is a valuable command for their safety and your peace of mind. Before you teach this command, make sure that your dog is proficient at sit and lie down. Additionally, when you are speaking a command you want your dog to listen to you. If your furry friend struggles in one of these areas, work on that first. Read our previous blogs on these topics to aid you, “Simple Ways to Teach Your Dog How to Lie Down,” and “How to Teach Your Dog How to Sit,”. Continue reading to learn helpful tips to teach the stay command. 

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  1. Pick definitie beginning and ending words. Make sure that you say “stay” when you expect your puppy to stay and pick one release word to use. Some examples are “ok”, “free”, “release,”. Your dog will learn this word and understand that they can leave the position. If you do not pick one word, it will confuse them. This leaves you frustrated because you may feel that they aren’t listening, when they don’t know what command you are requiring. 
  2. Use lots of small and delicious dog treats. This style of dog treats will keep the training session moving. Reserve these treats only for training sessions and use different treats to reward your dog for other good behavior. 
  3. Do not give your stay command with food in your hand. This will entice your dog and they will walk up to you.
     
  4. Practice often and use different environments. Utilize different parts of your house, front yard, and backyard to practice the command. Once you feel that your canine is paying attention to you and understands the command, you can move onto other places. 
  5. Once your dog is holding the command for a long period of time, increase your distance. When you give the cue, take a few steps backward or to the side. By increasing the distance, you are proactively thinking about future scenarios. This also improves your bond together because your canine is watching you and waiting for the release word. 
  6. Make sure everyone in the household utilizes the same words. For example, if a family member is using the release “all good” and you’re utilizing “ok”, the dog may not fully grasp it. This confuses your canine and causes frustration for others. It is essential to use clarity and the same word when training verbal cues.
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Your pooch will become a pro at this command! It may take some consistent repetition and patience, but you’ve got this.

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Dog Tips: Puppy-Proof Your Home

After you’ve named your puppy, you may be considering what the next step may be. A valuable next step is puppy proofing your home to protect your furry friend from an injury. Your dog will be spending a majority of their life within your home and it’s important to create a safe environment for them. We’ve compiled several tips to help you with this task.

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How To Protect Your Pup At Home

  1. Don’t leave electrical cords exposed. Puppies and older dogs explore the world by chewing on things, which means that electrical cords can be extremely dangerous. Block electrical cords with furniture and cord protectors. Moreover, this will aid you when you are unable to supervise your dog at all times of the day.
  2. Keep your trash behind closed doors. Trash cans are full of interesting and exciting smells for a puppy, which means that it’s important to keep them covered. If your puppy accesses the trash can, they may consume some toxic food or swallow something that causes an obstruction in their throat. 
  3. Move poisonous houseplants out of the way. This will verify that the puppy will not ingest a part of the plant. Click here to read an article about different types of harmful houseplants. 
  4. Put away household poisons. Items such as household cleaners or automotive chemicals can be extremely dangerous for your puppy to get a hold of. Rather, store these items within cabinets or on shelving so that your furry friend cannot reach anything. 
  5. Keep the toilet lid closed, so that your pooch won’t try to drink out of it. 
  6. Create a space for your dog. This space can be anything such as a dog bed or crate where they can retreat to. In addition, this may be the area that you leave your dog when you are not at home. Create an area that you can trust them in.
  7. Keep doors and windows closed at all times. This prevents your puppy from any falls or escape plans. If you have any cords attached to the window blinds, raise the blinds, and securely tie the cord. This will prevent the cord from getting caught around your puppy’s neck.
  8. Get on your puppy’s level. Realistically, a great strategy is to kneel down or get on all fours and look at your house from your dog’s perspective. What are the trouble areas that you will need to address? 
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You’ve Got This

With this information, you’ll be on your way to safely puppy-proofing your home. Furthermore, it can feel like a daunting task, but with these precautions, your puppy will thrive in a fun and safe environment.

In short, once you’ve spent more time with your puppy, then you can make any necessary adjustments that you see fit. If you haven’t yet, make sure to read our previous posts, “Teaching Your Puppy Their Name,” and “Flying with Your Furry Friend,”.

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Dog Tips: Teaching Your Puppy Their Name

When you bring home a new puppy, one of the last things on your mind may be picking a name for your new furry friend. Both of you are creating new experiences and beginning to build a strong foundation for your relationship. The name that you choose for your puppy will be what they listen for when you call them and you will want them to pay attention to you. Teaching name recognition to your dog is a great first step to building your bond.

Soul Dog Nugget when he was a puppy.
  1. Start using their name day one. Before picking up your puppy, work to have a group of names that you like. Then when you are spending that first day with your pup, you can begin to see aspects of their personality and decide what name best suits them. Or if you’ve witnessed some of their personality when visiting them before picking them up, strive to have a name picked out and ready. You may begin calling them by this name as soon as you welcome them home. 
  2. Say your pup’s name in a happy tone. Grab some training treats and begin utilizing positive reinforcement training. Wait until your pooch isn’t looking at you and say their name. When they look at you, reward the behavior with a treat. 
  3. If your pup is distracted, move to another area. It is not easy to train a puppy when they are distracted. If you feel any frustration, take a moment to walk away and calmly return to the situation. Then take them to a different part of the house, where they may be more inclined to focus on you. 
  4. Play the name game anytime. Do it when you’re watching TV, cooking dinner, or just relaxing in your home. Anytime that you have a moment to call their name and reward them is a good time to train. 
  5. Remain consistent in your training. Make sure to reinforce the positive behavior until you get an automatic reaction. In time, your dog responds to their name and receives praise without requiring treats.
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Truly, the best tip when teaching your pup their name is to repeat, repeat, repeat. The name game is a great start to learning the importance of training and the amount of time that it requires. If you haven’t read previous blog posts, click the links to read about “Dog Tips: Flying With Your Furry Friend,” and “Dog Tips: Traveling With Your Pooch,”

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Dog Tips: Flying with Your Furry Friend

Now that you’ve gone on a road trip with your dog, are you considering taking them on a plane? If you haven’t read the last blog “Dog Tips: Traveling With Your Pooch”, go ahead and read that one first.

This American Staffordshire Terrier is ready to go on a summer vacation. Source: Getty Images.

It is valuable to weigh many options when considering taking your canine on a flight with you. If you are permanently moving or taking an extended vacation, then these are the ideal situations to take your dog on a plane. Short trips may cause more stress to them rather than fun. For this reason, consider asking a family member, friend, or pet sitter to look after your dog.


Taking Your Dog on a Flight

If you have decided to take your dog on a flight, here are some tips to ease any possible stress that you may experience.

  1. Pack an appropriate carrier. No matter if your furry friend will be staying in the cargo area or cabin, you will need to find a carrier that fulfills the airline guidelines. Click here for a list of guidelines. In general, your carrier should be durable, have plenty of ventilation, strong handles, and a leak-proof bottom. Click here for a list of recommended pet carriers. Make sure to note on the carrier that it is a live animal and utilize arrows to show which way is up. Additionally, make sure to place a label with your name, phone number, address, and any other contact information that you feel is necessary. 
  2. Choose the best possible flight. It’s recommended to find non-stop flights with no transfers and to avoid flying over the holiday periods. If your furry friend is flying in the cargo, consider the weather at your destination. When you are flying to somewhere hot, look for flights in the early morning or late evening. If you’re traveling to a cold destination, look for flights during mid-day. 
  3. Complete a health check.  Visit your veterinarian before flying. This will allow you to verify that all of the vaccinations are up-to-date and that your pet is healthy. Make sure to request any health records, that you may not have, to bring on your trip. 
  4. Prep your dog before the trip. Familiarize your dog with the crate that they will be traveling in. You may even consider taking them to the departure area of the airport that you will be dropped off to aid them in feeling more comfortable. 
  5. Contact your airline. Verify that there is space for you and your dog on the airplane before you book the tickets. Make sure to book reservations for yourself and your pet at the same time. Depending on which airline you are taking, here are links to the pet pages for each one: Delta, American Airlines,  United, JetBlue, and Southwest.

We wish you a safe and happy flight with your pooch. Again, enjoy yourselves while you are on vacation! Click the link to read a previous blog, “Simple Ways to Teach Your Dog How to Lie Down,”.