Dogs, Seriously? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Dogs, Seriously?

Thread Tools
Old 05-16-2012, 07:03 AM   #1
McBrewskie's Avatar
Jun 2011
Alameda, Ca
Posts: 2,170
Liked 312 Times on 229 Posts

So I want to grow my own hops, like every good home brewer should, but I need to know from the dog owners here. Do the dogs go after them? Do you fence them off? What do you do?

Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
May 2010
Palo Alto
Posts: 274
Liked 27 Times on 21 Posts

Honestly, don't worry about it. This is a trending topic right now, but the danger is overstated.

I've heard from just about everyone it seems that some breeds of dogs can get fatal hyperthermia after eating hops. Does your dog typically eat your garden plants? If not, then you don't have any worries.

I would be careful to dispose my hot break / hop material from my boil in a dog-free zone. At this point, the hops are covered in sugar and might be tasty to a dog. The dog + hops issues is really about cleaning up after the boil, not about growing.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
Jun 2011
Poway, CA
Posts: 344
Liked 41 Times on 32 Posts

+1 on drummstikk's comments...don't dump your hot break in the yard but don't stress too much about growing hops with dogs. My biggest concern is for the hops, honestly, since my dogs like the tender shoots and leaves when they're grazing. Once I get the bins on the lines, though, they don't mess with them. Mine don't touch the hop cones, even when I'm harvesting and the fallen ones are scattered on the ground.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 02:37 PM   #4
Nov 2011
Posts: 3,952
Liked 556 Times on 391 Posts

Agreed, the danger is when the spent hops are covered in sweet, sticky wort. Then they're irresistible.

Remember a dog's nose is crazy strong - so the plant itself & the bitterness in the cones must be pretty pungent to a dog's nose. My dog stays away.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 05:45 PM   #5
Dec 2008
Yankee Hill, CA
Posts: 1,541
Liked 30 Times on 30 Posts

Agreed on all points, my dogs could care less about eating them. My biggest concern is them breaking a bine by stepping on them. My German Shepherd doesn't really pay attention to where he's going, especially when he is in hot pursuit of a bug.
Kegged: NADA
Bottled: Blackberry Mead
Primary #1:IPA
Primary #2:
On Deck: Pilsener, Brown, Barleywine, Coffee Porter

Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 05:52 PM   #6
Ale's What Cures You!
Yooper's Avatar
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,884
Liked 8089 Times on 5645 Posts

My dog has never touched my hops plants, except for peeing on the ones growing up a telephone pole.

By the time they flower, they are 10-25' tall so there aren't any hop flowers in dog reach anyway. But he's never shown an interest in them at all.
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 07:29 PM   #7
Good for what ales you
Jul 2008
, Southwest Iowa
Posts: 648
Liked 37 Times on 29 Posts

I had to fence mine this year. The puppies at my house like to play chase running between the ropes. That was beating up the plants, and I lost a couple of plants to the "traffic". One puppy also chewed off a couple of bine tips. Also, they chewed off a couple of the ropes near their base. All this was before I put up a fence. I just used some old metal fence posts and chicken wire I had around. It's not pretty, but the plants are doing well now without the abuse.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #8
Jun 2010
Posts: 929
Liked 64 Times on 49 Posts

My dog is interested in eating the steer manure compost, he does not care about the hop plants.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 10:42 PM   #9
Nov 2011
Berwick, Nova Scotia
Posts: 282
Liked 41 Times on 36 Posts

I was having a fire in the backyard with friends, when my unchained devil beagle (if any of you have beagles you know its best to keep them on a tight rope) decided it was time to go play in the garden where my fresh rhizomes had been planted. It was dark and I caught him in there and got him out. Didn't realize until the next morning he had gotten a nice hole started, fortunately he missed the rhizome by about an inch seen some greenage and roots so carefully buried her back up. Lucky for the dog I didn't have to beat him unmercifully that day . So yeah if your dog likes digging holes that soft fresh potting soil and compost may just be irresistible to them.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012, 11:39 PM   #10
david_42's Avatar
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,599
Liked 158 Times on 148 Posts

The only danger is if you toss the spent hops on your compost heap. Dogs will eat them because they are sweet and have gastric problems. Hops can also have a sedative effect and trigger odd reactions in some breeds.

Hop plants are in more danger from dogs.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hops and Dogs ASublimeDay Hops Growing 20 05-07-2012 03:46 PM
Dogs! 2BeerSpeer Hops Growing 3 04-19-2012 01:28 AM
Hops and dogs mullstang Hops Growing 19 01-18-2011 03:18 AM
Hops and Dogs joshimus Hops Growing 9 05-22-2010 03:45 AM
how do the BIG DOGS do it?? Jaybird Hops Growing 7 03-29-2008 02:42 PM

Forum Jump