Doggie Don’ts

Tummy aches

Some foods might taste good to us, but can be very dangerous for your dogs. Make sure you don’t feed your dogs these foods:

  • Chocolate and other candy, cocoa and coffee.
  • Grapes and raisins.
  • Cooked bones from human meals.
  • Milk.
  • Avocado, garlic, onions.
  • Moldy or spoiled food.

It’s too hot

Never leave your dog in a car on a warm day. A car heats up very quickly on a sunny day. Your dog can suffer dehydration or heat stroke, and get very sick or even die.

No place to go

Don’t tie up or chain your dog for long periods of time. Dogs can hurt themselves if they get tangled in the chain or suffer muscle strain when they try to pull away. Dogs who are tied up all day also have behavioral problems, such as aggression, hyperactivity, excessive barking, excessive digging and chewing on themselves.

Danger at home

Many common things found in your house can be very dangerous to dogs. For example, household cleaners, slug bait and antifreeze are all poisonous to dogs. Dogs can choke or get an upset stomach from chewing on or eating things like decorations, string, electrical cords, plastic, rocks and sticks. Candle flames can burn their fur and whiskers.

Punishment vs. correction

There is a difference between punishing a dog and correcting a dog. Spanking or yelling at a dog is not a good way to train. A dog doesn’t understand why someone is spanking or yelling at him.

It is always better to gently correct your dog. For example, if you catch your dog doing something wrong, say, "No" or “Nuh-uh” in a loud, but calm and firm voice. Teaching your dogs simple commands such as sit, stay, drop it and come will also help prevent problems. Learn more about training in a positive way.

Your dog will be happy and healthy if you make sure to be careful about these Doggie Don’ts. It is also important to know what you should do, so be sure to read Doggie Do’s.

You can also check out lots of other dog-related fact sheets in PAWS’ online resource library.