Botanical dangers to Labradors

Labradors are very inquisitive creatures. They like to sniff and taste almost everything they come across. The problem is worse in the case of pups. A pup will play with anything that moves. In many cases, pup will bite down and ingest just for the fun of it.

Protecting the dog from poisons and toxins, whether natural or synthetic, is perhaps one of the most important tasks of any dog owner. The main problem is the prevention rather than cure. In the case of a poisoning, help is always at hand. Any vet is trained to handle the symptoms of the issue and in many cases; it is just a matter of helping the dog deal with the symptoms.

Almost every dog owner maintains a safe house in terms of dog safety. There is always a careful arrangement of things that ensure that the dog has no access to any hazardous chemical. Many dog owners are willing to live with minor infestations of insects and rodents just to save their pooch from the toxins and chemicals that exterminators normally deploy. In any such house, it is typical to see locked cupboards and a kitchen that uses high shelves and storage spaces.

However, no owner could prevent the dog from ingesting a poisonous plant. Even in the case when the owner is watching the dog like a hawk, it is difficult to pry open the jaws and remove the plant. The natural instinct of the dog is to swallow whatever is the mouth.  This natural reaction means tat the dog will actually fight any efforts to extract the material from their mouth. In any case, the dog is already exposed to toxins once the material enters the mouth. A good portion of poison is absorbed by the tongue and area underneath.

Another important aspect of his issue is the fact that no person in the world could reliably identify a plant from chewed remains. Similarly, it is difficult to instantly identify a possibly toxic plant in the first glance. Given the natural and synthetic mutations and variations, the colors of the bulbs, flowers and fruits vary immensely. This additional problem hinders the rapid identification of the problem. In any case, very few dog owners actually remember the long list of plants that are toxic to their pets.

Many dog owners try to mitigate the problem by making the house “plant-free” zone. This means that there are no decorative plants anywhere. The vegetables are kept in a very secure place where the dog cannot reach. In extreme cases, there is also a ban on vegetable garden because of the problem of uninvited plants n the form of weeds.

A probable way of keeping the dog from chewing plants is to increase fiber in their food. Many people add bran flakes or organic fiber pellets especially made of canine consumption. This could help reduce the habit but could not solve the issue of playing with plants. This demands the owners to be very vigilant at all times.

How to Select a Hunting Puppy

People who plan to bring up a puppy as a hunting dog face a twin fold challenge. The first aspect of the challenge is the selection of the right puppy. After this, the arduous process of training starts.

The first stage, selecting the right puppy, requires a lot of attention because it is the starting point of the whole idea. Once you have chosen a puppy, you are pretty much stuck with it and the task of training to be a bird dog. This is why it is essential that people should give the process a lot of thought and follow the guidelines set by experts.

One of the first things that people get wrong is going for a specific breed. In fact it is the breeding not the breed of the puppy that determines whether it would grow up to be the perfect hunting companion.

Instead of opting for a specific breed in the hopes that the puppy would do well is a mistake that many first timers make. Although the breed of the puppy matters, the pedigree is of more importance.

The best way of predicting whether a puppy would be a great hunting companion is to check out the history of the puppy. If it comes from champion stock with good hunting record on both sides, the puppy has a much greater chance of being a champion itself. It has inherited good instincts and technique and only requires a balanced training program to polish its skills.

The next important factor that should be evaluated during puppy selection is the social skills of the puppy. Being social is a key trait for hunting dogs because they would be around many people a lot. If the puppy has low social skills or is down right anti-social, it would have a very hard time during training and would develop handling issues.

Perhaps the worst way of selecting a puppy is to make ‘cuteness’ a factor. This impairs the selection process and cause people to select the wrong puppy for the job. Cuteness is indeed important for a puppy’s owner. However, a hunting dog is a working dog and its selection should be based more on its suitability for the job rather than its looks.

To avoid making this mistake, do not give in to impulse buying. Instead of making a snap decision and regretting it a couple of moths later, a better strategy is to make multiple visits to the kennels. Theses visits should be spaced a week apart so that you could have a fair idea of the development of traits in the puppy.

Theses visits allow you to determine whether the puppy is suitable for your needs and whether it would be able to complete the training program successfully.

The most important traits are its social skills and its potential of integration into your family. The largest puppy of the litter might not be suitable for an apartment or a family with strict schedules.

Select the right puppy and you will have a faithful companion for many years to come. Make the wring choice and you will have a broken dog on your hands.