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WELCOME to Chez Tante Lori's Monthly Newsletter designed to talk about those questions that pop in our heads from time to time. This newsletter will aim to be brief, fun, informative, and interesting. I hope you find it useful and I welcome your comments and suggestions. Thank you / Merci Beaucoup ... Lori

  • Pet of the Month- Pepper
  • Caution: 1) Corn and the Cob 2) Xylitol
  • What's Halloween without ... COSTUMES?
  • Daniel Sterl - Punishment can do more harm than good.

October 2013

Always on alert this little man is playful with a huge heart.

He never walks but prances and is very very clever!
Nothing happens without this little guy knowing about it.

He's like a little patrol officer always on duty - loyal and true!

Here are a couple of things not well known but IMPORTANT!

Corn on the cob can be dangerous

Corn on the cob seems like a healthy natural treat to feed your dog but in fact it can kill him!. Unlike most vegetables, it does not digest in a dog’s stomach. If your dog swallows it whole or even in chunks, the cob can block the intestines.

If this happens watch for signs of trouble such as

  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite or reduced appetite
  • not wanting to drink
  • absence of poop
  • diarrhea
  • signs of abdominal discomfort- not wanting to stand up and/or lays around more than usual

If you suspect this is the problem see a vet immediately!
Your dog can die from this.

Here's just some of the many sites where I found these life saving tips:

Xylitol is dangerous

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many foods such as sugar free gum, diabetic cakes, diet foods etc. It is considered safe for humans. However, xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs.

The initial symptoms include lethargy, vomiting and loss of coordination, following this recumbency (unable to stand) and seizures may occur. Xylitol has also been linked to fatal acute liver disease and blood clotting disorders in dogs. Even very small amounts can be extremely dangerous and if you think your dog has eaten any amount of xylitol then you should seek veterinary advice immediately.

Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.

How much xylitol is poisonous to a dog? The most common source of xylitol poisoning that Pet Poison Helpline gets called about comes from sugar-free gum. With certain brands of gum, only 9 pieces of gum can result in severe hypoglycemia in a 45 pound dog, while 45 pieces would need to be ingested to result in liver failure. With other common brands of gum (which contain 1 g/piece of gum), only 2 pieces would result in severe hypoglycemia, while 10 pieces can result in liver failure.

As there is a large range of xylitol in each different brand and flavor of gum, it is important to identify whether a toxic amount has been ingested. "Xylitol is estimated to be 100 times as toxic as chocolate to dogs."

What should I do if my dog eats something containing xylitol? contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. Do not induce vomiting or give anything orally to your dog unless specifically directed to do so by your veterinarian. It is important to get treatment for your dog as quickly as possible. As some dogs may already be hypoglycemic, inducing vomiting can make them worse!

What are the symptoms of xylitol poisoning? Symptoms of xylitol toxicity develop rapidly, usually within 15-30 minutes of consumption. Signs of hypoglycemia may include any or all of the following: •Vomiting •Weakness •Incoordination or difficulty walking or standing (walking like drunk) •Depression or lethargy •Tremors •Seizures •Coma

Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel Sterl, Spécialiste en comportement canine / Dog Behaviour Specialist

Punishment can do more harm than good.

(english - français en bas)

Remember when it was regular to punish children with a belt or spank? Thanks to the psychologists who taught us that not only does it hurt physically, but that it also often leaves psychological sequels that require years of therapy to fix.

This is why I help people fix behavior problems with their best friends. This requires therapy for the dog (no worries: it wont take years!) and mostly teaching the owners new ways of training and communicating with their favourite animal.

Let’s talk concrete: Imagine a man walking with a puppy on the street. They cross with a couple with a young boy. The dog is happy to see the child and wants to play with him. His way of expressing his joy is to jump on the child. The owner then pulls the leash and chokes him with the choker the dog has around the neck. The dog then stops jumping on the child because he is not strong enough to keep pulling. Next time they meet a child, the dog doesn’t remember and does it again… so does the owner. And the story repeats until Rex remembers the consequence of jumping and wants to avoid the punishment.

But, what really happens in Rex’s head? He makes the association: “a child hurts!” Does Rex like children then? Of course not! The puppy, which first just wanted to play and loved children, now abhors them. Then comes the possibility to have a reactive dog with aggressive behavior towards children.

Next time, I’ll explain what dogs really want in life, and how to use this to our advantage when training them… not to jump on children (or even adult) for example!

Have a great month,
Daniel Sterl


Vous rappelez-vous l’époque où il était normal de punir les enfants avec une ceinture et la fessée? Merci aux psychologues qui nous ont alors appris que non seulement cela peut blesser physiquement l’enfant, mais aussi que les séquelles psychologiques peuvent être très grandes et prendre des années de thérapies à réparer.

C’est pourquoi j’aide les gens à régler les problèmes de comportement de leurs meilleurs amis. Cela nécessite une thérapie pour le chien (heureusement, ça ne prendra pas des années) et surtout enseigner au propri-ami de nouvelles méthodes d’entrainement et de communication avec leur animal favori.

Parlons concrètement: Imaginez un homme marchant avec un chiot sur la rue. Ils croisent un couple avec un jeune garçon. Le chien est content de voir l’enfant et veut jouer avec. Pour exprimer sa joie et se faire comprendre, il saute sur le petit homme. Le propriétaire du chien tire alors sur la laisse et punit le chien avec l’étrangleur (choker) que l’animal porte à son cou. Le chien arrête alors de tirer car il n’est pas assez fort… La prochaine fois qu’ils rencontrent un enfant sur la rue, le chien ne se souvient pas et refais le comportement indésirable… tout comme le maître. Et l’histoire se répète jsuqu’à ce que Rex se souvienne de la conséquence de son geste et veuille alors éviter la punition.

Mais que s’est-il vraiment passé dans la tête de Rex? Il a fait le lien suivant : « un enfant, ça fait mal! » Est-ce que Rex aime alors les enfants? Bien sûr que non! Le chiot qui d’abord était joueur et aimait les enfants, les hait maintenant. Vient alors le risque d’avoir un chien réactif ayant des comportements agressifs envers les enfants.

Nous verrons la prochaine fois ce qui motive réellement le chien et comment utiliser cela à notre avantage lorsqu’on l’entrainera… à ne pas sauter sur les enfants par exemple!

À bientôt!
Daniel Sterl
(819) 328-5027
(Français & English)


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