Now autumn is here, the seasonal proliferation of fungi is upon us. This weekend, walking my dog in the local woods, there was an unusually large overnight growth of mushrooms of various types.
There were at least a dozen different species of fungus, a far greater variety than I usually see.
My four-year old miniature schnauzer was very interested in trying to eat some types but visibly shied away from others. This was repeatable between locations where the fungi were found on different parts of the walk. This different reaction to the different types is not something I have seen in her before.
I know dogs can be trained to hunt truffles, but you don't find them in my part of the world. Can a dog distinguish edible from poisonous through smell?
I'm not an expert and I'd never let my dog eat unidentified fungi any more than I would eat it myself. I know that there are varieties that are poisonous to dogs but not to humans and vice versa.