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Old 12-16-2012, 02:17 AM   #1
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I have been wanting to grow hops but I have a dog and have heard they are toxic to them. Is this true? Everything I've read is contradictory.

 
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:30 AM   #2
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What type of dog? It's like an allergy, some dogs have it some don't. Sadly, Theirs no way of knowing for sure if your dog suffers from it, best bet is to play it safe. I'd say if you want to grow hops, do it, just maybe put some chicken wire around them, or keep a close eye on your dog.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:33 AM   #3
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From what I've read, greyhounds are particularly susceptible, but I think other dogs are vulnerable as well.

It also seems to primarily be an issue with spent hops. Unused hops on the vine I guess don't smell/look/taste appetizing to dogs, but when they're covered in sticky, sweet wort it becomes another story.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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She's a black lab. She doesn't usually eat any plants we have like I've seen some dogs do. I'm just so hesitant to risk it.

If I do decide to grow them, where could I buy the seeds or young vines?

 
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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You would buy a rhizome,looks like ginger. They are sold in the spring by many of LHBS and online suppliers.

 
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:38 PM   #6
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There are many threads on this subject. The consensus seems to be that most dogs have no interest in the hop plants. My dogs have never showed interest in my hop plants.

 
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:26 PM   #7
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My father in-law brings his dog to the hop yard all the time and "Max" is doing fine. He really never pays any attention to them. Not really sure dogs like bitter but sweet ones after a boil probably shouldn’t be left around.

 
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:10 AM   #8
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I would also like to grow hops and have several dogs. Many places mention dogs do not like the raw hops but I will take no chances and separate the dogs from the plants. Fences work.

Well, actually, our Siberians consider fences a minor delay. So we have 4,000 V livestock fencing in addition to 6 ft welded wire fence and dig guards. Any simple 4 ft fence will dissuade our Labrador.

Next year I will try growing some rhizomes. On the outside of the fence.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #9
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I just put up some 3 ft fencing around my garden and grow them there. I had to keep my chickens out but it works well to keep the dogs out too.

 
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:45 PM   #10
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I thought of fencing but I was told they are invasive and will just spread everywhere.

 
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