They are the nightmare of all dog friends: poison baits that hide dog haters at the roadside. In anti-poison bait training, your dog gradually learns to avoid such potential poison baits on their own. How this can succeed is explained here.
A dog likes to eat alleged delicacies, which he sniffed while walking on the ground. In anti-poison bait training, he learns to consume his findings only if you allow him. 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, are becoming more perfidious. Meat pieces are mixed with slug pellets or rat poison, meatballs with razor blades or pieces of broken glass. If a dog eats these poison baits, an immediate veterinarian visit is necessary. Otherwise it can happen that your four-legged friend dies painfully. Take care during the walk so that you can not lose sight of your dog and react immediately if he has found an apparent delicacy.
To be on the safe side, the anti-poison bait training can be a useful addition, so you can protect your pet even better. Essentially, it's about teaching the dog a kind of impulse control. When he sniffs a treat, he should not eat it immediately, but turn to you. Then you can decide if the delicacy is safe and "allowed" or not. Only with your "permission" may the dog consume his find.
Protect the dog through education
In anti-poison bait training, you can train your dog to recognize the smell of slug pellets or rat poison, and to let go of supposed "treats" that are mixed with the poisons. For the exercises you need a tightly closed plastic tube, a discarded Tupper or other plastic can 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 can, which corresponds to the diameter of the tube. Then put the filled giftrule with the closure upwards through the hole in the can lid and place treats on the prepared can. As soon as the dog approaches the "forbidden" treats, make a loud, unpleasant sibilant - but be careful that your dog does not see you. If in doubt, look for a training partner who hides himself and at the right moment emits the sibilant. The unpleasant sound terrifies the four-legged friend and after a while he combines this unpleasant stimulus with the poison smell and the delicacy beside it. So he should learn that the poisonous smell means no good, so he avoids the poison bait by itself.
After the advanced anti-poison bait training, your darling will also disdain all delicacies that are on the ground or offered to strangers. For this to work, the timing must be perfect, and your dog must not realize that you are behind the unpleasant stimulus.