Safe Dog Handbook: A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out
<p class="MsoHeader" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">We know their favorite spots to scratch. We know which funny noises make them cock their heads. We know what treats they love the best. But do we know how to keep our dogs safe? The truth is, we often don’t consider what hazards lurk in our home and garden until an incident occurs. Each year, thousands of dogs are seriously hurt and even killed by a host of easily preventable accidents. The Safe Dog Handbook teaches readers about the myriad ways to ensure a safe home and outdoor experience for their dogs. Full of practical information, this book is an essential guide for any dog owner.
You’ve seen them in bags of dog treats, vitamin bottles, and various packaged foods—those little packets stamped DESSICANT: DO NOT EAT! These tiny fear-provoking pouches are filled with silica gel, a substance used to absorb moisture and increase a product’s shelf life. And while it’s true they are not meant for human or canine consumption, one or two of these packets should not be harmful if accidentally consumed by your dog. Create a dog-friendly laundry room by storing dangerous items such
room until they are trained to do a reliable “stay” in the adjoining room. I am happy to say that my fellow CCI puppy raisers, my family, friends, and neighbors have all learned from my experience. —Theresa Barnes, CCI puppy raiser, Laguna Niguel, California Holiday Hazards Holidays are a time for celebration, but for dog owners they should also be a time for heightened awareness. The abundance of food, treats, decorations, gifts, and parties in the home bring with them a few additional
over to the sandbox. Wait for her to dig in the sand again and repeat the praise. To help make the training successful in the first week or two, don’t let her in the yard unless you can supervise her and enforce the proper digging location. Soon enough, she should get the hang of the new rules. However, some dogs find a spot in the garden that’s so appealing, they refuse to stop digging there. To discourage this, place chicken wire just below the top layer of soil. After a few tries she’ll most
him breathing normally. • Watch for signs of shock and treat if necessary (see Shock, page 147). • Get immediate veterinary treatment, even if there is no evidence of injury. In some cases, signs may not be visible for days after the incident. signs of electric cord shock • Dog cries out in pain with cord in his mouth, unable to let go of cord • Burn marks on mouth, tongue, or lips • Burning odor • Bite marks visible on electric cords • Difficulty breathing • Seizures • Dog is
information). Training your dog not to scratch in the first place is optimal. Try attaching a training mat (also known as a Scat Mat) along the area where the dog scratches. These battery-operated plastic sheets or strips discourage scratching by delivering a safe yet uncomfortable static charge when touched by the dog’s paws. After the dog realizes that scratching leads to discomfort, you can remove the training mat. To hide scratches that already exist on your door, use a commercial scratch