March is National Pet Poison Prevention Month – a gentle reminder to be aware of your dog’s surroundings, what foods you can share and when to use the “leave it!” cue.
Be Aware of Your Dog’s Surroundings
Common household toxins can range from prescription medications for humans to indoor and outdoor plants. Spring cleaning is a good time to review the concerning items (See Resources) and be sure that they are either removed or securely located away from your pet’s access.
Foods You Can Share
Additionally, once you’ve familiarized yourself with common ‘people foods’ that can pose a danger to pets, consider how and when you might safely share some healthier options with your inquisitive canine.
When to Use the ‘Leave It!’ Cue
Finally, for those inevitable times when someone has left a plate of food on the table, the roast is just a little too close to the edge of the counter, or you just dropped medication on the floor, ‘Leave It!’ can be a lifesaving skill to have in your behavior toolbox! A very useful cue, ‘Leave it’ means, “Stop what you’re doing and check in with me for an incredible reward!”
Once this cue is trained, it’s important to continue practicing over and over, in different locations inside and outside. Then at home or when you’re out and about adventuring together, you’ll be confident knowing you can call your precious pooch away from potential dangers if needed.
Here’s to helping keep inquisitive canines safe, happy, and healthy!
Fido’s Homeschooling DIY Training Program: Leave It – The Inquisitive Canine Doggy Blog
What Are the Most Common Household Toxins for Pets? – American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
March is Pet Poison Prevention Month – American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Does an Apple a Day Keep the Vet Away? Harmful vs Healthy Foods for Pets – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Clinical Nutrition Service
National Animal Poison Prevention Week – NationalToday.com
Pet Poison Prevention Infographics and Resources – ASPCApro
Recreational drugs makes ASPCA’s annual list of top pet toxins – dvm360