Common Backyard Plants - A Killer For Your Dog

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Did You Know?/Information, Keep Them Healthy & Safe!

All through the winter months you have been making plans to completely landscape your backyard giving your home a brand new look as soon as the better weather arrives and you have this picture in your mind as to exactly how it will look when all the work is completed and you are relaxing in your new garden.  The lawn will be a rich green and freshly cut, and your dog will be comfortable in his new doghouse surrounded by the flowers and shrubs blooming in many splendid colors.  A leaf drops from the oleander bush into the dog’s water bowl and gently floats along the surface of the water. You may well be thinking how tranquil, serene and safe this setting is - but you would be so wrong!

Although this vision you are seeing may seem like perfection it is potentially fatal for your dog.  One little sip from the bowl with the floating leaf and your dog could be dead in less than an hour. There are coming up to a thousand different plant species which are poisonous for household pets and this figure is just for North America alone.

On several occasions when a pet is taken to the vets due to an unexplained sickness,  the vet will reveal that the dog has been poisoned and the owner will automatically think that someone else has tried to poison their dog, when all along it is probably their own fault.  At least 95% of visits to the vet with an animal suffering sickness are as a result of the owner unknowingly poisoning their dog by the products of their garden such as bulbs of hyacinth and daffodils and other common plants which are deadly for animals.

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Agility and Obedience - Two Popular Canine Sports For You and Your Dog to Enjoy

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In order for you and your dog to be involved with and get great enjoyment from sports you need to familiarize yourself with the physical ability and interests of the particular breed of your dog. Understanding your dog will help you to make a decision about which sport to select. The sport you choose should be of interest to you personally as well as you will be partaking, so go along and have a look at some activity and sports events for dogs and observe the performances of the dogs and owners. This way you will get a feel for what is entailed and whether or not you think it is suitable for you and your dog and you may even decide to participate in more than one canine sport. There could well be dog sporting events close to your home and this will be ideal, as it is much better for both you and your dog if you do not have to travel hundreds of miles before taking part in the sport.

Listed below are two popular sports for you and your dog to consider.

Agility: This is a popular dog sport and it has gained recognition by the United Kennel Club (UKC). and the American Kennel Club (AKC). A course of obstacles such as ramps, climbs, tunnels, jumps and much more present the challenge the handler has to successfully direct his dog through.

It is a fun sport as the handler and the dog get to work as a team. The speed and accuracy with which the dog completes the course are the skills the performance is rated by. The dog is off the leash throughout the procedure and is dependent on the verbal direction and body signals of the handler so the ability to follow instructions and be on best behavior is essential.

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Introducing Your Dog To Competitions and Canine Sporting Events

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Have you ever thought about taking part in a sports activity program for you and your dog to enjoy together?  Would you enjoy observing him retrieve a ball thrown into a trial-area or leaping into the air to catch a high-speed disc ? Maybe watch your canine friend come through a maze in an obstacle course with tremendous accuracy?

If this kind of hobby appeals to you, you will be happy to know that there are many sports activities that you and your dog can  participate in together.  Obedience trials, agility tests, musical freestyle ,field trials, disc dog and many more are becoming increasingly popular amongst dog enthusiasts, for the following reasons:

1. These type of sports are an excellent way of keeping your dog in great physical shape.

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