Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Barking Wednesday ~ Spring Outside Dog Dangers

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  
Each week I post stuff about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  
All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life.

Today's topic is Spring Outside Dog Dangers:


Spring is coming! With SPRING brings many outside dangers for your dog.  Here is a list of a few things that I do to make our yard a little safer for Kingers. If you have a safety issue not on this list please email me. I will add it to this list.
Dogs are like small children they are curious and often get themselves in places they do not belong.  To help protect Kingers and our garden we have a small fence around the garden. The flower beds are a constant challenge - I try to keep them full - that seems to keep him out of the beds.


  • Many plants can cause serious danger to your dog's health.  Go HERE  for a complete listing on plants dangerous to your dog's health. I like having the list on my phone when we go shopping for plants.  You will be amazed at what is poison.
  • I always use compost - great for my yard but I have to watch Kingers.  He seems to want to check out the stinky food source.  I make sure to till up the compost when I put it in the garden and flower beds.
  • Even natural fertilizer can cause issues for your dog.  Most important thing to remember is to follow the instructions concerning time frame before you let you dog run on the fertilized area. NEVER - NEVER use Cocoa Mulch when you own a dog.....if the dog eats the cocoa mulch it  can cause serious health issues.  I use tree bark that is natural - I feel it is the best choice for our yard. But I still watch Kingers to make sure he is not chewing on the wood.
  • Make sure if you use any type of insecticides to read the ingredient listing and check for dangers  to animals.  If you have any questions you can go online and find out information about the ingredients. Go HERE to read more information about insecticide dangers.
  • I always make sure to pick up sticks that have fallen from trees.  I do this for two reasons -
    • #1 Kingers chews on wood! He will lay  down and chew up a stick  
    • #2 - When he is running I fear that he might trip on a stick or jam a stick into his leg or paw causing a serious wound.
  • Last but not least is Kingers outside water dish.  Make sure to keep it clean and add fresh water daily.  A outside dish can get grimmie FAST! I like a glass dish - the reason being if I do forget and it does get grimmie - I know when I wash glass it is clean. No grim can be absorbed into the glass.
These are my main outside danger concerns - again if you have a outside danger - please let me know.  If you have the danger I am sure others will too.

Thanks for stopping by for Barking Wednesday. 

26 comments:

  1. I love these posts that you do. I think I said this last week, but we just got our first dog in December and we are still learning some things. There is some awesome information here, so thank you!

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  2. Really good info to help keep our dogs safe outdoors! I did not even think about the potential harm of mulch! We just moved into a new home and once the snow (finally) melts, we'll be investigating the backyard for any dangers for our St Bernard, Dexter. :)

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  3. Great tips. I've been really surprised by some of the plants that are dangerous to dogs (and children). Things that are so common, I never would have thought to worry about them.

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  4. Thanks for these reminders! My dog loves to nose around outside this time of year and I know we need to be extra careful!

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  5. I Never Knew Thank You For The List & Great Info!

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  6. we have our compost in a 4 sided bin to keep tobey and other curious critters OUT.

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  7. My neighbor used cocoa mulch one year, it was a battle to pull our dog off it every time we passed. great article

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  8. What great reminders! Sometimes we forget to think about the safety of our dog children since we are always looking out for the human ones!

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  9. All great advice for dog owners. A couple of them I have not thought of!

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  10. I never knew there were so many dangers to your dog outside. We hope to get a dog soon and this was all good advice. Thanks :)

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  11. Reading this made me want to share this with my grandma, so forwarding. Thanks.

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  12. Wow, I had no idea about many of these dangers. Last year my dog ate almost all our composted fruit and veggies waste! She literally like dug it up and ate it..why do dogs like to act like piglets?

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  13. Love these barking Wednesday posts! Thanks for letting dog owners know what to look out for to keep their pets safe. So many hazards out there!

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  14. Thanks for sharing this. There are so many dangers many pet owners aren't even aware of.

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  15. Those are great tips. We actually sat outside while Hubby raked the lawn and we removed all the sticks so that the dog doesn't bring them in the house. Nothing like stepping on stick debris all over the floor

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  16. Wow! I never thought about this stuff. I'll have to be more cognizant!

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  17. Ooh, I never thought about dogs and compost. We may be getting a puppy, so I'm glad you pointed that out!

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  18. I am definitely going to be sharing this with my friends. Thank you so much for sharing these great tip with us.

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  19. It is good of you to share this information because many people are running outdoors with their pets since the weather is getting warmer and sunner.

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  20. we do not have a dog but these are great tips that can even be applied to children!

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  21. Thanks for sharing this! We always think about what could harm our kids, but we need to make sure our dogs are safe too!
    ~Amanda

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  22. Many people don't realize how hazardous spring garden chores can be to pets.

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  23. This is a great list! We don't have a dog yet, but my kids want one!

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  24. Great tips. I was always worried about the lawn getting sprayed. Oh and we always kept a water dish outside too!

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  25. Thanks for the tips! I always worry about my baby (dog) sniffing pesticides and the like. It is easy to forget about this stuff when Spring comes.

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