IS IT GOOD TO GIVE THE TABLE SCRAPS TO YOUR DOG ?

       Is it a good thing to give the leftovers lunch or dinner to your dog? Of course, the answer is no. There is nothing worse for the health and behavior of your Doggie than to treat it as a table trash. There are a number of reasons for that. Let’s review them.

Summary:

➥Foods that are not adapted to the specific needs of the dog

➥A bad habit that promotes undesirable behaviors

➥Just give it its food. And nothing else


The classic scene one is eating alone or with family, the plate in hand or on the table, and the dog sits there, fixing the dish of the eyes and waiting patiently to have its part. It is, of course, difficult to resist this look that beseeches you, but it is necessary for the good of everyone, starting with the dog itself. Giving it the leftovers from the table is anything but a good idea.

This is part of the bad eating habits that greatly contribute to canine obesity and promote all sorts of digestive disorders. It is, therefore, the health of the dog that is endangered, at the same time as its behavior and its life within the family.

➥Foods that are not adapted to the specific needs of the dog

The food needs of the dog are different from ours. Our body calls for a number of nutrients and rejects others, many of which are part of our daily menus. Lactose, onions, garlic, egg whites, salted meats and charcuterie, raisins, mushrooms or chocolate are almost everywhere on our plates. And these are all harmful foods for the dog.


By giving it the leftovers of your meal, there is, therefore, a great chance of harming its health by having it absorb one of these foods that it cannot digest. Vomiting, diarrhea and other digestive problems may result. In addition, our diet is likely to contain important sugar, salt, and fat contents. These are also the dangers that are facing the health of dogs, who are sadly increasingly suffering from obesity.


Also remember that the bones, especially the smaller ones (chicken, rabbit, etc.), can cause internal choking and damage by being ingested by your doggie.

➥A bad habit that promotes undesirable behaviors

Giving the table scraps to your dog is therefore detrimental to the health of your dog, but not only. It is also its upbringing and behavior that are heavily affected by it.


If it was accustomed to receiving the plate bottoms after or during the meals, it will start claiming them systematically. In the best case, it will sit staring at what you eat, which is already rather unpleasant, especially for your guests. Some dogs become very insistent, even aggressive, making lunches and dinners tense, whereas they should be moments of well-being.


From the outset, you must make it clear to your dog that it will not have to roam around the table during meals. The rule must be respected every time, without any deviation.

➥Just give it its food. And nothing else

Your pet must receive a balanced diet and adapted not only to your dog status (croquettes or home-cooked meals) but also according to its breedsizeage or condition (sick dog, pregnant or lactating puppy, etc.).

As for sweets, their use must be limited. Even those that are specially developed for dogs. They certainly help to facilitate education by acting as rewards, but they must be given sparingly so as not to balance their diet.