Monthly Archives: September 2015

7 Plants to Avoid for Your Dogs Health

Completing your landscaping with the perfect plants can take your home to the next level, increasing its value while also providing a beautiful appearance. There are many beautiful and popular plants, however, that are toxic for dogs. JGM dog doors in homes throughout Phoenix allow your dog to come in and out whenever they please, but when there are toxic substances in your yard, this freedom can become a problem. Below is a list of seven common and extremely toxic plants to avoid planting.

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Name Picture Toxicity Toxic Part of Plant Symptoms Time Period for Symptoms Additional Information
Castor Bean/Castor Oil Plant toxic1 Extremely High The seeds of the plant are the most toxic part. Diarrhea, stomach irritation, abdominal pain, increased heart rate, convulsions, collapse, death Most symptoms appear within 18 to 24 hours after ingestion. Death typically occurs with 36 hours due to anaphylactic shock and stomach irritation Call vet immediately if your dog has ingested castor seeds. The plant is primarily found in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and Oregon
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How to Train Your Dog to Use a JGM Pet Door

Training your dog to use a newly installed JGM pet door can be a challenging process. Whether you need to train a puppy to use one of our custom dog doors or train an older dog with an extra-large dog door, many of the same training methods can be utilized, provided your dog is not overly shy or fearful. However, even the most timid dog can be trained to use a dog door with patience and time.

There are several key points to consider before starting your dog’s pet door training. After installing your dog door in Phoenix home, keep that door open when you are home so that your pup gets used to going in and out of that doorway, even when the “human” door is closed. In addition, avoid letting the door flap hit your dog at the start of the pet door training, as the unexpected motion could deter them from using the door in the future. Once they get used to the doggie door, you can install the flap.

At least one of these training methods will work for any model of pet door, including pet flaps installed in French doors or sliding glass doors, high-security dog doors, wall dog doors, and patio dog doors.

 

Lure him with treats
Pet owners know sometimes the best way to coax a dog to do something is to reward them with their favorite treat. Whether your dog prefers biscuits, jerky treats, training treats, peanut butter, or any other snack, chances are they’rewilling to do a lot to be rewarded. Choose a strongly scented treat your dog will be eager to eat. In preparation for your training session, make sure your dog can see that you have the treats and let them sniff your hand to make sure they get excited.

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