Anti-poison bait training: protect the dog from poison baits

They are the nightmare of all dog lovers: poison baits that hide dog haters along the way. With anti-poison bait training, your dog gradually learns to avoid such poison baits on its own. Find out how this can be done here. All good things come from women, the dog learns in anti-poison bait training - Shutterstock / Andresr

A dog likes to eat supposed treats that he sniffed while walking on the ground. During anti-poison bait training, he learns to only eat his finds if you allow him to. You can also teach him not to accept treats from strangers. You can train at home or take a course in anti-poison bait training at a dog school under professional guidance. Especially for inexperienced or insecure dog owners, it is highly recommended to contact a competent dog trainer.

What is the anti-poison bait training anyway?

The methods of some dog haters to poison unsuspecting four-legged friends are becoming more and more perfidious. Pieces of meat are mixed with snail grain or rat poison, meatballs peppered with razor blades or broken glass. If a dog eats this poisonous bait, an immediate visit to the veterinarian is necessary. Otherwise it can happen that your four-legged friend dies painfully. Therefore, be careful when walking that you do not lose sight of your dog and can react immediately if he has found an apparent delicacy.

To be on the safe side, anti-poison bait training can be a useful addition so that you can protect your pet even better. The main thing is to teach the dog a kind of impulse control. If he sniffs out a treat, he shouldn't eat it right away, but contact you. Then you can decide whether the delicacy is safe and "allowed" or not. Only with your "permission" can the dog eat his find.

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Protect the dog through education

With anti-poison bait training, you can use conditioning to teach your dog that it recognizes the smell of snail's grain or rat poison and leaves supposed "goodies" that are mixed with the poisons. For the exercises you need a tightly closable plastic tube, a discarded Tupper or other plastic box and treats.

First fill the plastic tube with poison. Close it and carefully cut a very small hole in the closure. Then also cut a hole in the lid of the plastic jar that corresponds to the diameter of the tube. Then put the filled poison tube with the cap upwards through the hole in the can lid and place treats on the prepared can. As soon as the dog approaches the "forbidden" goodies, make a loud, unpleasant sibilant sound - but make sure that your dog does not see you. If in doubt, look for a training partner who is hiding and making the hissing sound at the right moment. The unsightly sound scares the four-legged friend and after a while he combines this unpleasant charm with the smell of poison and the delicacies next to it. This is how he should learn that the smell of poison means nothing good so that he avoids the poison bait on his own.

After the anti-poison bait training for advanced users, your darling also spurns all delicacies that lie on the floor or that offer him strangers. For this to work, the timing must be perfect and your dog must not notice that you are behind the unpleasant stimulus.