Top 3 Foods/Drinks Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat

Your dog is your favoured companion, great company and your best friend. It may seem harmless and easy to treat you dog to your left-over dinner, a spillage and maybe the odd treat, but there are certain foods and drinks that are a big no-no for your furry friend. We have compiled a list of the top 3 for you to stay clear of to keep your dog in the healthiest condition.

1.Alcohol

This may seem like an obvious liquid to not give your dog, but you would be surprised. Some people may not be fully aware of the effects it can have, or simply aren’t watching your dog when it has a lick of your spilt glass of red. Any alcohol, just like with humans, causes intoxication to dogs, but the side effects can differ. Dogs can suffer from a lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, abnormal levels of acidity and can even result in a coma, or even worse death.

2.Chocolate

Chocolate may seem like a harmless product to give your dog, but frankly it is one of the worst.  It may be tasty and a nice treat for us humans, but your pup will react a lot differently to it. Caffeine is in most chocolate, which is enough alone to harm, but it also contains ingredients called Theobromine and Theophylline. These are both toxic ingredients, and can cause panting, vomiting and diarrhoea. All these things can damage a dog’s heart and nervous system. Maybe just stick to the doggy chocolate, and buy the specialised treats, personal for you dog.

3.Peaches, Plums, Persimmons

Not only are pits in peaches a choking hazard for you dog, but they contain a compound called Amygdalin, which is a cyanide and sugar that degrades into a harmful chemical when metabolised.  Not just peaches, but pear seeds also contain a small amount of arsenic which can be dangerous. Persimmon seeds and pits from plums can cause intestinal obstruction for pups also, so just be sure to be careful if you have one of these trees in your garden.

These are just our 3 top picks to avoid. Other foods to watch out for are Macadamia nuts, onions and chives, grapes and raisins, corn on the cob and yeast. While there are many foods that are safe for consumption by your dog, there are many on the negative list. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Do you need some training or advice for your dog? Here at Dog School Ltd, we would be happy to discuss any training your dog may need. Feel free to get in touch with us, as we offer a wide range of courses for all ages and types of dogs in Croydon, South London and Surrey.

 

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5 Common Myths About Dogs

Dogs are the most popular choice of pets in the UK. However, despite the fact that dogs are the most common form of pet ownership, there are many myths and misconceptions that exist regarding dogs.

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How to Keep Your Dog From Getting Bored

Lack of exercise and mental stimulation can make your dog become very frustrated and bored. A bored dog can develop destructive behaviours and you might find yourself returning home from work and seeing your belongings destroyed. Another sign of boredom is your dog following you around and asking for attention.

You might not have the space to adopt another dog to keep your best friend company, but you can change up your routine to make your dog feel less bored.

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Does Your Dog Have an Allergy?

Have you noticed your dog scratching more than usual and automatically presumed that a simple flea treatment is needed? You may be wrong. Your dog may have an allergy. Dogs can get allergies as easily as humans can and spotting the correct symptoms can be tricky. Here are a few top tips to keep you in the know:

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How to Spoil Your Dog This Christmas

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For most of us, our dogs are an important part of the family and we want their festive season to be just as enjoyable as our own. Although we like to make them happy all year round, we want them to have an especially nice time at Christmas, even if they don’t understand what makes it so special.

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5 Careers a Dog Can Have

Dogs are truly special animals; they can run at extreme speeds and are one of the few animals that can successfully interpret human communication. In addition to their impressive list of skills and abilities, they have advanced memory skills being able to retain and recall information, such as commands, at any given time.

A dog’s capabilities don’t stop there!  Dogs can also make great companions in the workforce; here we list just five possible careers a dog can have.

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Which Dog Breed is Best for an Apartment?

When you live in a flat or apartment, it’s not the size of the dog that’s important, but the temperament. The following breeds are all good-natured, loving dogs, making them ideal for apartment living so long as you exercise them once a day. Here’s our shortlist of best breeds for flat dwellers.

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Why does my dog…? Five more canine habits explained!

There’s so many unusual things that dogs do that make them dogs! While we can laugh at these funny quirks, it does make you wonder, why on earth do they do that? At Dog School based in Croydon, we’ve seen everything. There’s not much that surprises us about our furry friends anymore.

Recently we explained five peculiar canine habits, but there are more! Here’s five other behaviours, and what they mean, to help you understand just what makes man’s best friend tick.

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Do You Love Your Dog More Than You Love People?

There is a reason why dogs are considered as being a man’s best friend, and it’s simply because they are. In fact, we’re pretty sure that most dog owners probably prefer their furry friend to most people they know. Not that they would ever admit it.

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Why Does My Dog…? Five Canine Habits Explained!

Dogs can be funny little creatures – or funny large ones. No matter what breed you have, there are no doubt a few little habits or behaviours that make you wonder why on earth they do that – especially if it’s something that you’ve never seen your dog do before. As a dog trainer in Croydon, we often see worried dog owners baffled by their dog’s behaviour. Fortunately, since dogs have been man’s best friends for centuries, we’ve been able to figure out the answers to some of those questions.

Why Does My Dog… Turn in Circles Before Lying Down?

From observing relatives of the domestic dog who still live in the wild, it’s thought that this is an ancient survival behaviour that’s become genetically encoded. Before taking a nap in the wild, a dog needed to have a safe and comfortable space – and by turning a few circles in the long grass, they could make themselves a nice little nest. It’s not necessary in your living room, but it probably still makes them feel comfier!

Why Does My Dog… Stick Their Head Out of the Car Window?

If you’ve ever taken a drive with your dog on a warm day with the windows rolled down, you’ll know how much they love to stick their head out of the window and ride along, ears flapping in the wind.

Why? Basically, because it’s fun! There’s the sensation of the wind against their face, plus the amazing array of scents they get to savour as they pass – it’s an exciting experience. However, you should be careful about allowing it, because it does carry a risk of things getting thrown up into their face, particularly their eyes.

Why Does My Dog… Eat Grass?

It’s often said that dogs will eat grass to soothe an upset stomach, so seeing your pup do this can be a little worrying. However, that’s only part of the reason – they may also do it because they just like the taste, or to add a little more roughage to their diet. If they’re suddenly eating grass in large quantities, and particularly if they’re throwing up afterwards, then you should definitely take them to the vet for a check-up. Occasional grazing, however, isn’t thought to be harmful – just make sure the grass hasn’t been treated with chemicals or pesticides.

Why Does My Dog… Take Food Away to Eat?

Your dog has a perfectly good dog bowl, so why do they insist on removing their food, and taking it somewhere else (like your bed!) to actually eat it?

Just like circling before a nap, this is sometimes thought to be a holdover from their wild ancestors; wild dogs hunted in packs, so taking their food away from the source meant that they wouldn’t have to fight over it.

However, it could just be that they really don’t like the bowl – perhaps it makes an unpleasant sound when they eat from it, or perhaps the location isn’t comfortable for them for some reason. If you’re tired of finding dog food where it shouldn’t be, try putting their food down somewhere else, or try a different kind of dish for them to eat from.

Why Does My Dog… Do Handstands to Pee?

This one is a little more unusual – and to human observers, it can seem hilarious and bizarre. We’re all accustomed to the typical leg-raise peeing posture (which some people associate only with male dogs, but is common in females too) but some dogs are a little more extravagant – they actually do handstands to pee!

The simple fact is that dogs don’t just pee because they need to go, they also use their urine to mark objects and territory for a variety of reasons. The handstand, which is frequently seen in small breeds and more common with females, is thought to simply be a way of peeing in a more conspicuous place so that other dogs will notice it.

Understanding canine behaviour is a key factor in good training, so if you have any questions about your dog’s habits or would like to know more about our training services, please get in touch with us on 07821 543388 today.

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