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Dogs possibly poisoned in Zumikon area

Article in yesterday's paper regarding one dogs death and others ill. They were all walkers in the Zumikon area by the golf club. That's where I walk my dog or used to walk my dog.
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Re: Dogs possibly poisoned in Zumikon area

How awful. Those poor dogs.

(Is this the area? http://www.zsz.ch/artikel_46122.html)

Sadly such cruelty is happening more often these days - we dog owners need to be hyper-vigilant at all times. Because there have been several poisoning incidents in our area I keep mine on short lead to keep them safe - which unfortunately is exactly playing into the poisoner's hand.

Barstewards.
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Hate keeping my dog on lead because he loves to run after his ball and use up his extra energy, like now he is on my lap making me mental so I can't type
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Re: Dogs possibly poisoned in Zumikon area

It is good to teach your dogs not to eat anything that is lying around. Ours never did it and when it was just too tempting I used to say NO and they let go without eating. Even Kazimir, who has close to no manners at all and loves to roam around the garbage obbeys to that.
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Re: Dogs possibly poisoned in Zumikon area

Are u dog Whisperer? Love to know how to teach dog not to eat a tasty sausage
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Are u dog Whisperer? Love to know how to teach dog not to eat a tasty sausage
No I'm not You can start by teaching your dog not to accept food from a stranger. When the dog is still young and gets something in his mouth you take it out of his mouth and say a loud and strict NO or OUT. If you keep repeating this and insisting on it the dog will learn not to eat anything that happens to be lying around. My dog occasionally snatches something and when I say NO he spits it out, whatever it is.
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Re: Dogs possibly poisoned in Zumikon area

Another good exercise is to plant or hide sausages or other tasty contraband all along a wide area. Then walk your dog to heel, keeping his attention focused on you, rewarding every time he looks in your direction, giving an interrupt signal when he looks away, and giving a 'leave' command at the first sign of interest in the contraband.

Keep doing this on-lead until the dog naturally keeps attention fixed on you. Then move to doing it while heeling off-lead. Keep reinforcing focus on you, keep teaching that marvelous tasty treats come only from you.

Then do the same routine with your dog off lead working at a distance. First a short distance, then increase it. But every time reward focus on you, interrupt/leave command at the slightest interest in the contraband. If your dog isn't quite reliable at a distance, use a long light line first.

The key thing is that the reward you give has to be high value, and you have to be consistent. Never allow him to get to the contraband, as that is self-rewarding.

You are trying to train out a basic instinct, always a difficult task - so patience and time invested are key.

We do this regularly in the Hundeschule, practice often in our garden, and whenever practical on walks. Mastering this may save your dog's life one day.


(But if you are in an area where you suspect dangers lurk, on lead is your best prevention.)
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Re: Dogs possibly poisoned in Zumikon area

It is not always deliberate poisoning. See this NZZ article about dogs that died after they have eaten pomace.

Also keep in mind that an unleashed dog can be a thread to the wildlife. Now, spring, is the time where the deers have there newborns.

Please save Bambi.
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Re: Dogs possibly poisoned in Zumikon area

According to this article (in the Blick), there have been additional poisoning incidents - in Jelzinen VS and in Niederteufen AR:

http://www.blick.ch/news/hundehasser...id1817266.html


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