Like toddlers, some dogs are fond of chewing on whatever’s handy. Unfortunately, eating the wrong plant can have consequences ranging from the unpleasant to the fatal. The best bet to keep your dog safe is to simply avoid using poisonous plants in the garden. An extensive list of both poisonous and non-toxic, pet-safe plants
can be found at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. If you think the only poisonous plants are rare, exotic tropicals, consider that daffodils, tulips, English ivy (the most common type of ivy), morning glory, azalea, tiger lilies, and even onion plants, tomato plants, and corn stocks can cause serious trouble for any dog unlucky enough to eat them.
If you do decide to have these plants in your landscape, keep them enclosed behind a dog-proof fence.
In urban areas, keeping your dog within the boundaries of your property and away from traffic is
is literally a matter of life and death for your pet. The traditional chain-link and shadow-box fences work perfectly well for keeping even the biggest dogs close to home, but these fences aren’t always an option.
In these cases, wireless dog fences, also called invisible dog fences or electronic dog fence, may provide an alternative. Because wireless dog fences require no trench-digging or installation work, they can be set up within minutes. A radio transmitter and a collar are the only componants of the system. A transmitter, plugged in somewhere in your home, emits a radio signal around your property. Your dog wears a lightweight receiver collar that “listens” for the signal. As long as the collar is receiving the signal, your dog can romp around the yard as usual. However, when your dog approaches the boundary of the signal area, he receives a warning beep. If your dog does not return, he receives an electronic pulse similar to static electricity — startling, but harmless and painless. Granted, an “electric collar” may not sound appealing at first, but given the choice between a car accident and a static electricity shock, which would you want for your dog?
Keep in mind though that invisible fences are NOT for permanent or continual use. They are only for short-term training and using them long term can cause serious problems for your dog.