Most of us are guilty of giving our dogs a taste of our dinner or sneaking them a little side treat from our snack, but is it really safe to feed our dogs table scraps? Short answer, yes and no.
Some would argue that dry kibble dog food is inferior to a raw food diet. For me, as much as I love my dogs, I’m not ready to make the commitment to feed them an entire raw diet. BUT I do give them some raw foods in additional to a high-quality dry kibble food.
There are certain foods that can be toxic to our dogs, and you may be surprised to know that it’s more than just chocolate. Here are the things you shouldn’t feed your dog:
It’s sometimes hard to remember which foods are bad and which are good, so I’ve put together a cheat sheet for you to download and post on your refrigerator for reference. Click here to download it.
There are actually many people foods that are healthy for our dogs. Raw and cooked food are all good to add extra nutrients to your dogs balanced diet.
Many fruits and veggies are actually healthy for our dogs. In fact, I usually will freeze many of our fruits that are on the verge of becoming over-ripe. My dogs go crazy of these healthy treats!
Dogs are carnivores, so yes most meats are safe for your dog. Unless you are among the many dog owners that feed their dogs a raw meat diet, it’s important to note, that this is not as simple as giving your dog raw ground beef every day.
If you are interested in feeding your dog a raw meat diet, do a lot of research. Dogs need a balanced diet with certain nutrients just like we do. D
The most common and safe meats are:
Peanut butter is a great treat for our dogs, BUT be careful on the type of peanut butter you use. Do not use the sugar-free or lite options that contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs.
Eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt can be okay for your dog… BUT some dogs can be allergic to dairy. It actually took me some time to figure out our dog Ginger is allergic to dairy.
If you think your dog may have food allergies, make sure to read Does my dog have Allergies?
I can’t go without mentioning, if you consistently feed your dog scraps from the table, or share your apple… you may be creating some really bad behavior. Yes begging! It’s important to set boundaries, your dog should never get treats, people food or not if he is begging for it.
Use this as a training opportunity… in other words make your dog do something for that piece of steak, something as simple as SIT. We have a strict rule of no feeding the dogs in the kitchen, we move into another room, make our dog SIT, DOWN, something to make him work for it.
Don’t forget to download our free cheat sheet to post on your refrigerator for reference. Click here to download it.
P.S.S. I would love to hear what your dog’s favorite people food treat is! If I had to pick just two, I know my dogs love carrots and peanut butter. Although I think they’d eat almost anything we give them, LOL! Comment below and share with our Rescue Dogs 101 community:
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