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Content is not warranted or endorsed by The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club but is intended as a reference guide for living with Norfolks. From the ASPCA site: Doggie Etiquette if you take you pet to work with you: - Dog-Proof Your Digs If you’ve ever brought home a pooch, you know the drill —dog-proof your workspace as best you can the day before your pet’s first day on the job. This may mean taping up loose electrical cords and wires, putting markers and other toxic-but-tempting office supplies away in drawers, and removing plants, rugs and breakables. next next previous previous Yard-bound dogs get bored from lack of variety in their lives. Walk past a fenced yard and watch the resident dog race along the fence line, press its face through the links, bark, pant, whimper; and practically turn somersaults to get your attention. Imagine being able to see a park, alley, or vacant lot from your yard but never getting the chance to explore it. No wonder dogs get frustrated.   Although fenced yards provide a safe, handy place in which your dog can play and relax, every dog still deserves at least one walk a day outside the yard. A well exercised dog is a happy dog, and plenty of exercise rids a dog of anxiety and hypertension. Adequate exercise maintains muscle tone, including good cardiac tone. Be aware of heat and humidity when your dog is outside and do not allow your pet to suffer heat exhaustion from excessive exercise in the heat of the day. Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Just a word of caution: check what you are using in your gardens and be aware of what your  gardeners are using in your gardens.   Theobromine is the ingredient that is used to make all chocolate especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs.   Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao  bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine Summer heat waves cause pavement to become extremely hot and painful to dogs' feet. Before you walk your dog on pavement in the summer heat, test the pavement with your bare hand or bare foot. If you cannot leave your hand or foot on the surface comfortably, it will be too hot for your pet to walk on that surface without burning its feet. July 4th celebrations can often be frightening to your pet. Consider keeping your pets indoors and possibly in a crate during peak celebration hours. Fireworks cause a significant increase in pets being picked up by Animal Control authorities due to pets escaping from distressing explosions of fireworks. Spring Rains bring the potential for flooding. Be sure to prepare for evacuation, including your pets. Remember, it takes more time to evacauate with pets and some shelters will not allow pets. Have a plan: know where you're going to go, plan the timing for evacuation to allow for a quick rise in water, have identifying collars on your pets with crates ready for transport. Floods also raise the danger of snakes and stagnant water, so be sure you protect your pets from those dangers. Easter Hunts and Easter Baskets, Easter Bunnies and baby chicks are all part of the celebration of the Easter Holiday weekend. Make sure you remember that your pet will be interested in everything your toddler is picking up and will eat anything your toddler will eat - chocolate and xylitol are both poisenous to your pet, and too much sugar is just as unhealthy for your pet as it is for your child. Most dogs won't run around a fenced yard enough to get the exercise they need. If you and your dog walk a mile or more a day, you'll both benefit by building strength and endurance, burning calories, breathing fresh air, and discovering what is new in the neighborhood.
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