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Caissie Canine Instruction: What Should I do if My Dog Swallows a Cigarette Butt?

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring two beautiful F1b Bordoodle Siblings named Reggie and Charlie.


Reggie and Charlie are highly energetic, friendly, and love the outdoors. Reggie is very confident, whereas Charlie can be a bit anxious at times. 

Charlie came to us with separation anxiety, which we are working through with the training tips learned from Paul. Since our introductory training, our walks have improved with proper guidance of leashing techniques.



                                       K9 Corner with the Chief


                                 Personal Protection Dog Training


I have had the pleasure of training and assessing the quality assurance of many Police Dogs and Personal Protection Dogs in my many years of Professional Dog Training. How many? Well, I have lost count.

Since we started our private business in 2015. We have had many clients that have reached out to us to assess their dog/dogs to see if he/she has the propensity to defend and succeed in this profile.


It is not for the faint of heart. The dogs must possess the personality to defend themselves and their owners.


It starts with a defense assessment session. At that time, we will provide the preferred client a complete report on the results of the session. If the client’s dog has the propensity and drives to defend, we will commence training one session at a time.


Caissie Canine Instruction has 3 levels of Personal Protection which can be attained. The first level is a solid bark response. Level 2 is a solid bite response when commanded to do so. Further a foundation of release of the bite would be developed.


Level 3 is to train the dog and owner for the real world, using realistic scenarios and situational presentation from highly trained agitators.


Regardless of the “Level” of training, all our clients have a highly obedient canine for this type of training. The feeling of having a K9 with high level of training provides safety and security in your home, which is very reassuring.  (We personally have had five aggression trained dogs living in our home for over the past 30 years.)


Feel free to forward our website information for anyone in your community that may benefit from this type of professional dog training profile.




Welcome to Doggie Dialogue


As we all know dogs love getting into things, that they shouldn’t.

If you discover your K9 accidently eats a cigarette or cigarette butt, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately and the Pet Poison Hotline 1-855-764-7661.

The primary ingredient in the cigarettes is nicotine. Nicotine is a rapid-acting toxin that can cause cardiac arrest in K9’s. The amount of nicotine in cigarettes varies, the average cigarette contains 9-30 mg, most of which is concentrated in the butt. The impact will depend on how much was ingested and the size of your dog.


Your dog will most likely show signs of being affected with an hour. The signs will be the following: 

1.    Vomiting

2.    Clumsiness

3.    Seizure

4.    Drooling

5.    Shaking Body

6.    Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat


Timing is crucial. Get your dog to the vet or emergency care immediately.

Your vet may induce vomiting, provide intravenous fluids. and making sure your dog’s heart and blood pressure remain regular. Dogs who have only ingested a small amount have the best odds of making a full recovery.


The best prevention is to keep any nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, nicotine gum and patches in a secure place.


Also, be aware that marijuana is also poisonous to dogs.

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