In the garden
but please, ..... not in the pond ....
Sometime ago, I came across a magazine that listed all the things in a garden that were “bad” for dogs.
I concluded that I had two options - either buy masses of paving stones, or sell the dogs - I did neither. The obvious dangers that can kill a child are the same dangers that can kill a puppy even more so.
Sharp tools, including rakes, saws, forks and other lethal weapons, shouldn’t be left lying around.
Weed-killer, antifreeze, fertilizers, potting compost, creosote, petrol, slug pellets, poisons and their sprinklers, brushes and watering-cans used, should be kept out of reach.
Beware of berries, seed pods and bulbs. Allowing your puppy to dig up dad’s daffodils, can be very unhealthy ( in more ways than one!) see "POISON PLANTS"
Ponds - all too often the silent killer as far as puppies are concerned!
They’re usually designed with a big lip or overhang around the edge.
A gundogs love of water, combined with the fascination of seeing nice pink fish swimming, can often prove too much and in it goes!
Sadly, because of the overhang, a puppy can find it impossible to get out again.
If the water is too deep for it to be able to stand - it will quickly become exhausted - and drown!
Provide secure fencing around the pond until the puppy is at least 1 year old and a proven swimmer.
Even then, build “easy” steps for it to climb out - I beg of you!
Swimming Pools - are even worse than ponds.
Deep water + high sides + nothing but a vertical ladder up which to escape, spell disaster for any dog.
Snakes and stings - a problem during the warmer weather - see "FIRST AID TIPS"
“Ticks”- can be caught from fox, deer, sheep and hedgehogs and need to be treated by a Vet.
Please don’t try it yourself.
Just in passing .........
Why do dogs eat grass and weeds etc?
Well - they may be “weeds” to you and me, but to your dog, they’re a valuable scource of vitamins and minerals that form part of their natural diet.
New Spring grass, which happens to contain a high level of a form of sugar, is a real favourite.
Unfortunately, they can only digest the very youngest and softest parts.
The rest will come back up again.
Don’t worry - its perfectly natural - unless it happens on the carpet!