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While dogs may be famous for eating a lot of naughty things, there are plenty of things that your dog should never eat. For example, most people know that they should never give a dog chocolate or allow them to go through the garbage can. In fact, there are a lot of foods that can be very bad for your dog and lead to serious health problems, illness, or even cause death if your dog ingests them.
Fortunately, some foods won’t appeal to your dog, which is a kind of natural protection from things that could poison him. However, there are some dogs that seem to lack this instinct or they may eat things anyway, without caring if the food appeals to them. With some foods, such as chocolate, it may seem like the more you try to keep it away from your dog, the harder they will try to get the food.
The Do Not Eat List
With a view to all of the table scraps and processed foods you probably have in your kitchen, here is a list of the foods that you should not feed your dog:
Alcohol – Even small amounts alcohol can cause organ damage and may lead to possible coma or death.
Baby Food – Baby food often contains both garlic and onion powder, causing dangerous results.
Bones – Cooked bones can chip or splinter when swallowed and lead to obstructions, cuts, and intestinal blockages.
Cat Food – Cat food is much richer and fattier than most dog foods and is too high in protein for dogs to properly digest.
Chocolate and Caffeine – The active ingredients in chocolate and caffeine — caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline — are all toxic to dogs. They can cause heart or nervous system failure even in small amounts. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous for your dog.
Citrus Oil Extracts – May cause your dog to vomit.
Fat Trimmings – May cause pancreatitis.
Grapes or Raisins – Contain a toxin that has not yet been fully identified that can cause kidney damage.
Hops – May cause increased heart rate, panting, fever, and seizures. In some cases it may even cause death.
Liver – Too much liver can cause vitamin A toxicity, affecting the dog’s bones and muscles.
Macadamia Nuts – May affect the dog’s digestive system, the muscles, and the nervous system.
Molds – Molds may be toxic and can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Ingesting molds can cause organ damage.
Mushrooms – Some mushrooms are toxic, and can cause nervous system failure, shock, and even death in severe cases.
Onions and Garlic – Onions and garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides that can cause anemia and blood damage in both cats and dogs.
Peaches and Plums – Peaches and plums contains pits which can be dangerous to your dog. The fruit is not harmful but the pits are. The same is true with other pitted fruits.
Persimmons – The seeds of the persimmon can cause intestinal blockage and enteritis.
Potato, Rhubarb and Tomato Leaves – These plants contain oxalates and ingesting them can lead to numerous digestive and urinary problems.
Raw Eggs – Raw eggs contain the avidin enzyme. Eating this enzyme can reduce biotin absorption and lead to hair and skin problems. Eating raw eggs also raises the possibility of salmonella.
Raw Fish – Feeding your dog raw fish can lead to a thiamine deficiency. This can cause your dog to lose his appetite, have seizures, and can even lead to death if your dog eats raw fish regularly.
Salt – Giving your dog salt can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances which can impair the nervous system.
Vitamin Supplements with Iron – Too much iron can cause iron poisoning which can damage organs throughout the body.
Xylitol – Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, can cause liver failure.
Yeast – Yeast can cause swelling and pain in the stomach. There is the potential for a stomach rupture.
The list provided here is only a partial list of foods that can cause direct damage to a dog’s organs. If you give your dog an excessive amount of table scraps or overfeed your dog, you are also putting your dog at risk.
As someone who loves your dog, it’s up to you to make sure your dog is fed well, but you need to make sure you only feed your dog foods that are safe. Dogs are usually happy to eat whatever you feed them. Rich, fatty foods from your plate can be just as bad for your dog as some of the foods on the Do Not Eat list, so be careful what you give to your dog.
About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists in Nashville, TN. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of Canine Behavior Specialists Network, www.K9-University.com .
Until next time…..
Playing games with your dog can provide great benefits for both you and your dogs. Unfortunately, many people don’t spend nearly enough time playing with their dogs each day. They miss out on the fun of playing games with their dog and don’t realize how relaxing and enjoyable it can be.
Playing games with your dog is also great for your dog if he has any problems with boredom or anxiety. Dogs are different from people. It’s not hard to keep a dog active and busy. If you give a dog something to do and keep them busy, your dog will be happy. Ideally, if your dog spends time playing then it will help him use up some of his extra energy.
A simple game of fetch or time spent searching for hidden treats can keep your dog busy and use up lots of energy. Games such as these also require a lot of your dog’s mental energy. That means that these games will keep your dog’s attention and keep them entertained for quite a while.
Choosing the Right Games
No matter what kind of dog you have, there are lots of games you can play together to keep your dog happy and entertained. Games will also help the two of you bond and enjoy each other’s company. Here are some of the most popular doggy games, and some of the best for keeping your dog happy and having a good time:
* Fetch: Fetch is a wonderful game to play with your dog. Some dogs, especially retrievers, will make you play this game non-stop. If you’re playing fetch with your dog you should try to control the session and control when your dog stops. Hide the toy (perhaps on a shelf) or give a command so your dog knows when it’s time to stop the game. You may be able to distract your dog with a treat or switch to another game.
* Hide and Seek: Hide and seek is an easy game to play and it’s fun for dogs. All you have to do is hide from your dog and call your dog to find you. When your dog finds you, you should become very excited to let you dog know he’s done a great job. Then you can make the game harder by hiding in spots that are harder to find.
* Treasure Hunt: Treasure hunt is a fun game that makes a dog use his brain. You can even use toys as part of the game. To play the game you should hide treats in different places around your house, or even in toys. Then send your dog to go find the treats.
* Trick Response: You can play this game by having your dog working to do the tricks he already knows. Use whatever tricks you have taught him in the past. Make sure you teach your dog the exact phrases or commands that you’re going to use in the game. Always praise and reward your dog for completing each trick. Dogs love this game, especially the praise and rewards.
* Tug of War: You can play tug of war with your dog by using a toy that is ONLY for tug of war. You also need to teach your dog the “drop it” command. You have to control the game so your dog knows to stop when you say the game is over. You can stop the game at any time by simply no longer tugging on the toy.
Dogs naturally play tug of war when they’re puppies and in the wild. Even if your dog doesn’t play right away, he will probably eventually catch on.
Ideally, you should make playing with your dog part of every day. It’s great exercise for your dog and a great way for the two of you to bond. Taking a walk or getting other exercise is also important, but nothing takes the place of play. Playing games together can also help you teach your dog some important lessons.
Remember to have fun when the two of you play. Don’t encourage any bad behaviors. And do be consistent with your dog. If you have other family members, be sure that everyone in the family knows the rules for play so your dog isn’t confused.
You and your dog can have a wonderful time together. Your dog can be happy and he can have the kind of exercise that makes him tired in a good way. And you can have a good time, too.
Tell us about games you play with your dog in the comments section below.
Until next time……..
About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists in Nashville, TN. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of Canine Behavior Specialists Network, www.K9-University.com
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