New Dog User Guide

Congratulations on your new dog! Whether you adopted through us, or found your new friend somewhere else, we hope our New Dog User Guide will make you feel more confident about this exciting time.

Housebreaking & House Training

The HouseBreaking Bible by Rebecca Setler; Free housebreaking course for dogs of all ages

Feeding and Treats

We recommend feeding high quality, grain free foods. We are all what we eat and a better quality diet leads to a better quality of life including fewer vet bills, shinier coats, no dog smell and healthy poops.

Here’s our preferred brands

Kibble

Raw

Whichever food you choose make sure to provide fresh water, in a clean bowl, all day long, and let your dog out to relieve itself after each meal.


Hazards in the home (dangerous food, plants, objects and more!)

There’s a lot of every items in our homes that we don’t always realise can be hazardous to our pets. Use common sense and pick up loose objects, spilled medications, messy wires and litter from your home to prevent an unnecessary vet visit. Check out a comprehensive list of dangerous household items below!

Harmful Foods

Although they are part of the family, not all of our foods are safe for consumption by your dog. They should never be fed spoiled or mouldy food and overly fatty foods should be avoided even as a treat. the following foods can be toxic to your dog and should be avoided completely.

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol (sweetener usually found in sugar free gum)
  • Grapes & Raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Tea Leaves
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Raw yeast dough

Dangerous Household Plants

If your pet eats a harmful plant, call the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
They charge a $65 consultation fee (but it’s worth the money!)

  • Aloe
  • Amaryllis
  • Andromeda Japonica
  • Asian Lily
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Australian Nut
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Belladonna
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bittersweet (American and European)
  • Black Locust
  • Branching Ivy
  • Buckeye
  • Buddhist Pine
  • Caladium
  • Calla Lily
  • Castor Bean
  • Ceriman
  • Clematis
  • Cordatum
  • Corn Plant
  • Cycads
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Daylily
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dumbcane
  • Easter Lily
  • Elephant Ears
  • Emerald Fern
  • English Ivy
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ferns
  • Fiddle-leaf Philodendron
  • Gold Dust Dracaena
  • Florida Beauty
  • Foxglove
  • Glacier Ivy
  • Gladiolas
  • Golden Pothos
  • Heavenly Bamboo
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hurricane Plant
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Jerusalem Cherry
  • Jimson Weed
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lantana
  • Lilies (all Lilium species)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lupine
  • Marble Queen
  • Morning Glory
  • Mother-in-Law
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Narcissus
  • Needlepoint Ivy
  • Nephthysis
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Panda
  • Peace Lily
  • Philodendron
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Precatory Bean (Rosary Pea)
  • Privet
  • Red Emerald
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribbon Plant
  • Sago Palm
  • Satin Pothos
  • Schefflera
  • Striped Dracaena
  • Sweetheart Ivy
  • Tulip
  • Water Hemlock
  • Wisteria
  • Yew
  • Yucca

Signs your dog may have allergies

Just like people, dogs can have seasonal, chemical and food allergies. If you find that your dog is constantly chewing or licking his paws, gnawing on his rump (or getting under furniture to rub it really hard – even raw),  itchy runny eyes, nose or ears,  or simply exhibiting a new, strange behaviour he could be suffering from allergies. Dogs can become allergic at any point in their lives so if a new set of symptoms present themselves don’t rule out the old and familiar!

Common allergies include

  • Laundry detergent and cleaning products
  • Some protein sources such as chicken and beef
  • Seasonal allergies (grass, trees, pollen, etc)
  • Grains and Gluten (very common!)
  • Corn and Soy
  • Cigarette smoke (!!!! Don’t smoke around your pets!!!!)
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Fleas

Terriers, setters, retrievers, and flat-faced breeds such as pugs, bulldogs and Boston terriers tend to be more allergic than other breeds.

Testing for food allergies at your vet is a fairly simple process but when attempting to discover the source of the allergy you may find a structured elimination of products, or items will help you find the source.

Food allergies tend to result in digestive upset so if your dog is experiencing diarrhea and vomiting, you should consider an elimination diet to determine what food he is allergic to.

Swapping your floor cleaner for vinegar, water and lemon/lemongrass may help identify chemical allergies.


Positive Reinforcement Approved Dog Trainers

Laura Bourhenne
818 800 4818
www.petdogtrainer.com
private sessions only
Los Angeles and Ventura Counties

Rhonda Feinberg
818 521 2060
alphapawsrmf@yahoo.com
private sessions only
Westside and the Valley

Vicky Arnold
310 589 8898
www.vickyarnold-dogtraining.com
Brentwood and Malibu

Terry Long
www.dogpact.com
562-423-0793
Long Beach and Orange County

Paul Owens
1800 269 3591
www.originaldogwhisperer.com
Studio City, SF Valley,  Pasadena, Montrose, and Glendale

J9’s K9s
818 832 9906
www.j9sk9s.com
Sherman Oaks, Canoga Park, and Granada Hills

Dorna Sakurai
310 -266-9418
www.pawsitivefeedback.com
Westside and the Valley

Kim Rinehardt
818 890 1133
www.beagooddog.com
Westside and the Valley

Dave Dreyfus
310 853 3945
www.everydogschance.com

 

Further reading

5 Common Mistakes adopters make when bringing home a new dog

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