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Bonnie the Collie (from the beginning)

Puppies chew on just about everything. They can't tell which things are safe and which things are dangerous. You can see in this photo that Bonnie is chewing the Bird of Paradise rather than the rope right in front of her.

Puppy chewing plants

Plants and flowers are beautiful, but many are not safe if a puppy chews on them. We have a very nice yard with lots of beautiful plants. Before Bonnie came to us, I researched each plant and found out which ones could be toxic to her. Here's what we did.

The toxic plants that grow in the shade are behind a fence at the back of the yard. We used an old dog pen, but any kind of fence can be used.

fence made of exercise pen material

Plants that need the sunshine are now behind a fence on the side of our house.

fence made of exercise pen material

These plants will only need to be put away for about a year until Bonnie is past the chewing stage. Then we can bring them back out and she shouldn't try to eat them. If she does, we will throw away the plant.

There are many sites which list plants that are poisonous. Be safe and puppy-proof your house and yard before your puppy arrives. The ASPCA has a page that is worth checking out. It lists the most common poisonous plants along with a full list. Check it out when you have a chance.


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