Are Dragonflies Poisonous to Dogs? Can Dogs Eat Dragonflies?

Are dragonflies poisonous to dogs? Can dogs eat dragonflies? In this article, we’re going to teach you everything you need to know about these questions, including the exact commands you need so your dog will behave and stay back. Next, we’ll complete your knowledge by going over if dragonflies sting or bite dogs, and if dragonflies are good for your yard. Keep reading!

Are Dragonflies Poisonous to Dogs?

Are Dragonflies Poisonous to Dogs?

Dragonflies are not poisonous to dogs. While the consumption of dragonflies is not recommended due to the possibility of parasite transmission, they do not carry toxins harmful to dogs. Still, it’s important to understand how dragonflies might interact with dogs and how to train your dog to leave them be.

Are Dragonflies Dangerous to Dogs?

Dragonflies are not dangerous to dogs. They do not sting or bite and are not poisonous. However, they can be carriers of parasites like flukes, which can cause health issues if ingested by your dog. Also, though the risk is low, dogs can potentially choke on dragonflies if they try to eat them, especially smaller breeds.

How Poisonous Is a Dragonfly?

Dragonflies are not poisonous at all. They do not contain toxins that could harm dogs or humans. Their main defense mechanism is their speed and agility in flight, allowing them to escape potential predators. Remember that while they are not poisonous, they can still carry parasites, so it’s best to prevent your dog from eating them if possible.

Training a ‘Stay’ Command

Training your dog to obey a ‘stay’ command can be a great way to keep them safe from potential hazards, including chasing after small creatures like dragonflies. Here’s a basic way to train your dog to stay:

  1. Start by having your dog sit.
  2. Then, while saying “stay,” hold your hand out in front of you, palm facing outwards in a ‘stop’ signal.
  3. If your dog remains in place, reward them with a treat and praise.
  4. Gradually increase the distance and time you ask your dog to stay.

Remember, training should be a positive experience for your dog. Always use positive reinforcement and never punish your dog for not understanding or obeying a command.

Training the ‘Leave It’ Command

Training your dog to obey a ‘leave it’ command can also be useful. This command can help prevent your dog eating dragonflies or other insects.

  1. Start with a treat in both hands. Show your dog one closed fist with the treat inside, and say, “leave it.”
  2. Ignore the behaviors your dog exhibits trying to get the treat. Once they stop and pull away, say “yes” or “good,” and give them the treat from the other hand.
  3. Practice this until your dog moves away from the first fist when you say, “leave it.”
  4. Then, only give the treat when your dog makes eye contact with you, reinforcing the idea of focusing on you, not the distraction.

These steps will get your dog to stop eating dragonflies, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issues (prey drive, curiosity, overexcitement, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address those, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog eats dragonflies and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog eating dragonflies or any other insects ever again!

Can Dogs Eat Dragonflies?

Can Dogs Eat Dragonflies?

While dogs can physically eat dragonflies and they are not toxic or poisonous, it is not recommended for dogs to eat them. Dragonflies may carry parasites which can lead to health complications if ingested. Therefore, you should discourage dogs from eating insects, including dragonflies.

My Dog Ate a Dragonfly

If your dog ate a dragonfly, don’t panic. Dragonflies are not inherently poisonous and are unlikely to cause serious harm to your dog. However, monitor your dog closely for any signs of discomfort or illness. Symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, or unusual behavior could indicate a problem and warrant a call to your veterinarian.

Dog Ate Dragonfly: Potential Risks

While a single instance of your dog eating a dragonfly may not cause any serious issues, repeated consumption could increase the risk of your dog contracting parasites. Dragonflies, like many insects, can carry parasites such as flukes. If ingested, these parasites could potentially cause health complications in your dog, including stomach upset, diarrhea, and other symptoms.

It’s also worth noting that dogs with a tendency to chase and eat flying insects may also inadvertently swallow non-food items or risk injury, such as eye damage or choking. Training your dog to refrain from chasing and eating flying insects is the best preventive measure. We explain a command that will help in the first section.

In conclusion, although dragonflies are not poisonous to dogs, they do pose potential health risks. It’s best to keep a watchful eye on your dog when they’re outside and discourage them from eating dragonflies or any other insects. Training your dog to listen to your commands can also be helpful in these situations (more on that in the first section).

You should get this issue taken care of now, as it will also help your dog avoid other potentially negative interactions. You then won’t have to worry about your dog eating moths, your dog eating centipedes, your dog eating millipedes, your dog eating lightning bugs, your dog eating slugs, your dog eating snails, your dog eating cicadas, or your dog eating crickets.

Do Dragonflies Sting or Bite Dogs?

Are Dragonflies Dangerous to Dogs?

Dragonflies do not sting or bite dogs. They are harmless to pets and beneficial for the ecosystem as they prey on pests like mosquitoes and flies. Despite their large size and elongated body, they pose no direct threat to dogs or other animals.

  1. No Sting: Contrary to what their appearance might suggest, dragonflies do not have a stinger. The long body part that may resemble a stinger is merely part of their anatomy and is not used to sting animals or humans. Hence, there is no risk of your dog getting stung by a dragonfly.
  2. No Bite: Although dragonflies are predatory insects that feed on other smaller insects, their mandibles are not designed or strong enough to bite dogs or humans. Dragonflies hunt mosquitoes, flies, and other small insects but pose no danger to larger animals like dogs.
  3. Beneficial Predators: The presence of dragonflies is generally a positive sign, as it indicates a healthy ecosystem. They help control populations of harmful insects, which can be particularly beneficial in reducing the number of mosquitoes and flies that might bother you and your dog.
  4. Myths and Misconceptions: Fear of dragonflies often stems from misconceptions about their appearance and behavior. Stories about dragonflies biting or stinging are largely unfounded. The reality is that dragonflies are peaceful creatures that do not pose a threat to dogs.

In conclusion, dragonflies do not sting or bite dogs. They are part of a healthy ecosystem, feeding on smaller pests and in doing so, indirectly benefit our pets by keeping the population of these pests in check. Learn the commands you can use to make sure your dog behaves around dragonflies by going back to the first section of this article.

Are Dragonflies Good for Your Yard?

Dragonflies are generally beneficial for your yard. They are natural predators to many insects, including mosquitoes, flies, and gnats, helping to keep their populations in check. Additionally, dragonflies are a sign of a healthy ecosystem due to their life cycle dependence on clean water sources.

The Role of Dragonflies in the Ecosystem

Dragonflies are a part of the order Odonata, which are known to be excellent indicators of environmental health, particularly of wetland ecosystems. Dragonflies spend the majority of their life cycle as nymphs in water bodies, only emerging as flying adults to mate and lay eggs. Therefore, the presence of dragonflies in your yard often indicates a healthy, clean nearby water source.

As predators, both in their aquatic larval stage and in their airborne adult stage, dragonflies play a critical role in managing insect populations. Their voracious appetite for mosquitoes, flies, and other insects makes them a natural form of pest control.

Dragonflies and Biodiversity

Having dragonflies in your yard adds to the biodiversity of your local environment. They are an essential part of the food chain, serving as a food source for birds, spiders, and larger insects. To ensure your dog doesn’t scare them away, go back to the first section now.

Attracting Dragonflies to Your Yard

If you’re interested in attracting more dragonflies to your yard, consider installing a water feature if you don’t already have one. Ponds, in particular, can be great dragonfly attractants. It’s important to make sure that the water is kept clean, as dragonflies prefer clean, still water for laying their eggs. Adding aquatic plants can provide hiding spots and hunting grounds for dragonfly nymphs.

In conclusion, dragonflies are beneficial for your yard due to their role as natural pest controllers and as indicators of a healthy environment. They contribute to the biodiversity of your local ecosystem and can be attracted by incorporating water features in your landscaping.

I’m sure you’re ready to get this issue taken care of once and for all, so I’ll let you get to work. Good luck with everything, and thanks for reading our article “Are Dragonflies Poisonous to Dogs? Can Dogs Eat Dragonflies?”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.