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Old 09-16-2008, 05:49 PM
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As long as it's not "toxic" to dogs, I share

I have no problem in raking "scraps" into their evening meal as well. I cook hamburger, chicken, rice, veggies for them anyway..........what's a little leftover "people" dinner added to that gonna hurt? LOL, I am sure to stay away from leftovers with onions and things of that nature.......but otherwise, it's a free for all!

I am sort of glad that chocolate IS toxic to them..........that way I don't feel bad for hogging it all to myself! hahahahaha
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by ihartgonzo View Post
I had a huge argument with my sister about this topic... "People food is BAD for dogs!"
Lots of people believe the same as your sister, because most vets have been drilling this into dog owners' heads forever. There's several vets at the veterinary hospital we use but the owner vet is a medical as well as a holistic veterinarian ... who is VERY much into nutrition, supplements, and home-cooked feeding for dogs and cats .. as well as supplementing with good kibble. We always requested him on appointments for Cheyenne, especially when she entered her geriatric years.

He was kind enough to explain the truths about the "no people food ever" mantra from most vets. It's because most dog owners don't have a clue. If their vets OK "people food" it almost invariably ends up in overweight or obese dogs ... because the owners over-feed and feed junk while at the same time never or rarely exercising their dog. The second reason is most people don't bother reading the vet info sheets that identify human foods that dogs should NOT eat because of toxicities. Everybody knows about chocolate ... most don't know that's not the only one.

For those kind of dog owners it's just easier for them to remember "no people food ever ... just kibble and dog biscuits". Which does not mean that's ultimately the best diet ... but it's not the worst. At least their dogs won't be inadvertantly harmed by a loving but unmotivated dog owner ... which tends to be the majority of dog owners that vets see everyday.

I can relate to your argument with your sister ... some of my siblings thought I was nuts for "cooking for a dog".
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:28 PM
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Ben and I took Ella on a long walk this afternoon and we stopped at Dairy Queen with her.
I got a crunch cone, requested a plastic container and a spoon, ate all the nuts off of the ice cream, and scooped over half the ice cream into the plastic container for Ella.

My dog would do back flips for anything dairy.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:32 PM
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Fozzie is a cheetos fiend, and again, I don't see any problems with them as long as they are a rare treat.
Have you used the Cheetos Asteroids that are in the 100 Calorie packs? They are perfect training treats - just the right size (like the Zuke's dog treats), and a pack lasts for an entire agility class for us, assuming we aren't doing any serious reps on one thing. I keep a couple of packs in my training bag at all times.

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Old 09-16-2008, 08:34 PM
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Rufus and Tom used to go for ice cream in his 1952 MG TD down and Rufus in the rear storage area . Small vanilla cone for Rufus and double some-or -other for Tom . Father " son" time .
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:06 PM
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I let Bear sniff my pepsi once since he is always SOO curious! It was still fizzy since it was just poured and now he leaves my drinks alone. I think the fizz scared him!

I do share chicken on occasion, but not from the table. I take it away from where I am eating and make the boys do a trick for it.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:56 AM
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Very, very rarely will I give my dogs anything that I eat. Not because it may not be totally healthy, but because I am not a fan of mooching dogs, and by not giving them stuff, they know not to beg for food from me. That, and Dance and Keira both seem to have pretty sensitive stomachs and I don't want either of them getting sick.
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:15 AM
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After every meal/snack I give my dog a piece and he does not beg. He knows he cant have anything until I give it to him. And to be honest he could care less if I gave him food or not. But he's sooooo skinny so anything I give him can only help, lol.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:27 AM
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Just about anything that isn't toxic. But they are also fed raw so they eat "people" food anything. I do try to keep special things up and use them as treats though. I have found that Ivan is a complete sucker for cinisticks from our local pizza place. Peewee absolutly LOVES ice cream, and he is a sucker for candy. Which he doesn't get very often, still doesn't stop him from asking.

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Old 09-17-2008, 05:20 AM
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I definitely understand what you're saying, TheGoldenRetriever... it's just... it's lame.

Personally, I would much rather see more Vets promoting whole, healthy, fresh foods. I know it's a lot like the same reasons that the vast majority of Vets adamently discourage raw or home-cooked diets; the "average" owner isn't going to feed it correctly, or research, or will feed inappropriate bones or won't provide the correct nutrients or whatnot. But I do think that's changing... and higher quality foods are becoming more popular... so I'm hoping that all of these stupid myths will be quelled, someday. I would much rather Vets were up front and told people what fresh foods are healthy for your dogs, what foods should be fed rarely, and what foods should be never fed, rather than assuming we're all morons and not bothering to educate their clients.

Luckily, I have a REALLY awesome Vet who sells premium kibble and pre-made raw, and actually consults me about my raw plan.

Originally Posted by BostonBanker View Post
Have you used the Cheetos Asteroids that are in the 100 Calorie packs? They are perfect training treats - just the right size (like the Zuke's dog treats), and a pack lasts for an entire agility class for us, assuming we aren't doing any serious reps on one thing. I keep a couple of packs in my training bag at all times.
I have never heard of Cheetos Asteroids... but they sound amazing. I just use broken up crunchy Cheetos. I'm definitely picking up a few bags of Asteroids for this weekend. Would those be available at a grocery store?

Fozzie says Meg has exceptional taste in snacks! ; D We are terrible, abusive dog owners, seriously.

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