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MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Foods your dog must avoid

Christmas is the time to indulge, celebrate and have fun – and as part of the family, our dogs will normally be enjoying some of the action too!

To keep them safe during the festive period here is our top three foods to be avoided:

Chocolate: The chemical theobromine, which is a bit like caffeine, is found in chocolate and is toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, problems with the heart and even death.

There are certain foods your dog must avoid at Christmas.
There are certain foods your dog must avoid at Christmas.

Mince pies: Grapes and their dried products (currants, sultanas and raisins) are toxic to dogs. Ingestion of even a small quantity can cause severe kidney failure. Don’t forget this will include food items that contain dried fruits such as Christmas pudding too.

Onions: Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives all belong to the allium species of plants and can cause toxicity, whether uncooked or cooked. Initially there can be vomiting and diarrhoea but the main effect is damage to red blood cells, resulting in anaemia.

This may not be apparent for several days after ingestion.

Hire our field and help our dogs

Here at the South Lincolnshire centre, we have a large field available for you and your pooch to hire. It is the perfect space to practise your dog’s recall and to enjoy a stress-free playtime together.

The extra room also allows your dog to burn off any extra energy they may have and thoroughly enjoy all of the smells and adventures of our free-run areas.
Your session is completely private and from as little as £5 per half an hour, you will have sole use of our tree lined, two-meter-high fenced, 1,000 metre squared paddock area.

We also have an equally secure, yet smaller paddock, that comes with state of the art aluminium agility equipment for only £8 per half hour.

We have processes in place to ensure that you and our team will safely practice social distancing at all times.

To book or if you would like any further information simply call us on 01205 260546 or email us at slincs@jerrygreendogs.org.uk

Training tip: getting them to roll over

During this current climate it can be difficult to know what to do with our furry friends, but why

not make the most of all this extra time you have with your best friend and teach them a trick or two?

This week we will be teaching our dogs to roll over and you can do it too!For this trick your dog will already need to know a down cue – instructions on how to get them to roll are below:

• Ask your dog to go down, then with a treat in your hand, hold it closely to their nose and slowly lure their head round so their nose is near their shoulder. Once they are in this position, deliver the reward.

• Repeat this step a few times. Once your dog is starting to understand what to do, turn their head towards their shoulder again and gradually start to move your hand further

over their shoulder. They should start to lean over and as soon as your dog starts to shift their weight, reward them with a treat.

• Gradually increase how much they have to lean for the treat – this can be a bit unnatural for dogs to lean like this so may need a bit more coaxing. Just remember to

take it at your dog’s own pace.

• As you increase the lean, eventually your dog will end up lying on his side. When this

happens reward them with a treat.

• Now that they are lying on their side, start to move your hand (with the treat) further over their shoulder and away from them so that they follow your hand and roll over. Make sure your hand movement stays close to their nose, otherwise they may be tempted to get up for the treat. Once they roll over, treat and repeat until they seem to have the idea of rolling over.

• Once they are able to do this consistently with the treat, you can add a cue like ‘roll over’ and slowly start to remove the treat from your hand so they are just following

your hand movement and the cue word. Ensure you always reward them once they have performed the trick. Just remember to make sure your dog is physically able to roll over before you start teaching them the trick and if you have any concerns seek veterinary advice first.

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