Post # 1
We have an 8 month old boy Boston Terrier who would eat all day and all night if we let him. We like to supplement his regular kibble with regular fresh foods for snacks. He goes nuts for greek or plain yogurt, cucumbers, carrots, berries and cereal (like cheerios or life – we only give him a few pieces.) Any other ideas for good healthy snacks fit for a pup? What ‘people’ foods do your dogs love?
Post # 3
I might totally spoil my dog (sheperd/collie mix), but sometimes I’ll buy her an entire rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods and give her some peeled meat with dog food over the course of a week. It’s not a usual thing but every couple months I feel like she’s deserved some meat. I’m a vegetarian so she rarely gets “real” meat.
More veggie options that she loves are cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, PICKLES (im so surprised by that!), pecans, and bananas. Dogs are such scavengers…they’ll eat almost anything you give them. It’s good you’re looking at healthy options!
Just don’t give your dog grapes/raisins!
Post # 4
I know peanut butter is fine for dogs. Besides that we’ll probably stick with dog food since we never have meat in the house unless we’re making the cats’ food.
Post # 5
My 15 year old shih tzu goes crazy for popcorn. She can barely hear, but she always gets excited when she hears it popping away.
Post # 6
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None. Well, once in a while, we’ll give him a tiny bit of cheese, but we try really hard not to feed him any people food.
Post # 7
gosh, Zorro will eat anything but I only give him veggies (mainly carrots), a little cheese, chicken, turkey or peanut butter in his kong toys. he is lucky if he gets one of these things a day…i try not to give him too much outside of his dog food.
Post # 8
We fed our dog leftovers f/our dinner plates, pizza crust…pretty much anything except chocolate. She also liked to sneak cupcakes and muffins off of the table (no other food, just those for some reason). She lived to be 15 1/2 which is pretty impressive for a lab…we definitely spoiled her more with people food as she got older.
Post # 9
Our vet recommended green beans to fill our dog up a bit more without adding to her weight (the equivalent of people eating salads). She loves them!
Post # 10
I do not have a dog but my bro does and he and his partner totally spoil the dog and watch everything she eats (only bottled water-too much for me there) but for snacks they give her 1-2 pieces of candy corn or jelly beans, carrots, and these fancy doggie treats. She also gets to lick one spoonfool of golden spoon yogurt when she is good
Post # 11
We have a Boston Terrier, too! Best breed ever. We like to say that he is extremely food motivated. He loves peanutbutter but we just found out recently he is allergic to it. Now we stuff his Kong with cream cheese (lowfat). They’re a very allergic breed, so watch out for any itchiness esp around 1 year. He also really likes scrambled eggs (sometimes I make him his own egg as a treat on the weekends). There’s not much he doesn’t like, but we try to avoid giving him grains, fatty meats (ham, bacon, etc.), and anything on the list of foods that are potentially toxic to dogs like grapes, garlic, chocolate, etc.
Post # 12
Cheese, Rice, Chicken, Salmon, Raw Veggies (which are really good for them.) Just remember their liver is more sensitive than ours and so while they would of course love to eat human food often IMO I wouldn’t give it to them on a regular basis.
***Pls be careful with fruits
Post # 13
Luke loves peanut butter and cheese in his kong toys! They just keep him happy. But we don’t give these to him on a daily basis. It’s more of a special treat for him!
Post # 14
We’ve had this talk a lot with out vet because our puppies tummies are sensitive and theyre very spoiled lol. They love green beans, chicken, cheese, oatmeal, carrots, peanut butter, apples, sliced grapes and strawberries, rice, oranges, yogurt, Teddy Grahams and Cherrios…that’s really all I can think of for the moment. We mix a lot in their nibbles, like the chicken, cheese, and green beans. Green beans is actually very healthy for them and is a good filler, it really fills them up.
Their nibbles are obviously the best thing for them but as my vet pointed out, what did dogs do before we started manufacturing dog food? Good point, right? Healthy foods like what I listed are good as snacks and treats and we’ve never had a problem with them eating people food, I just make sure it’s in their bowl so they dont beg while I eat. Everything I give them is sliced small enough that they dont choke and sometimes I even put a little benefiber in their water to keep things movin when they get constipated.
I guess they’ve become very “human” because they like their food to taste good lol, which can drive my Fiance nuts, but I figure if it’s healthy and it doesnt take me too much time, why not? Ha they’re my babies, I cant help it! If I thought that it was hurting them, I would stop but my vet gives me the ok!
Post # 15
whfields – you are such a nice dog mama! I try to give him some meat now and then but only when I am cooking something that I don’t season until after it is cooked. That’s a good idea to get some meat and add it to his meals! Also, our little guy is only 15 lbs so I am always looking to scatter little bites throughout the day.
lilyfaith – it is so funny but peanut butter is literally one of the only things he won’t eat! We put it in his Kong when we first got it and he wouldn’t touch it. We had to run it through the dishwasher 3 times to get it out, haha. Now I freeze yogurt in the Kong – he really loves that.
Post # 16
Before our 13-year-old golden retriever passed away (from joint cancer), she spent a very long and happy lifetime eating LOTS of people food. I never really got the big deal about why processed dog food was supposed to be so much better than things she loved to eat and of much higher quality – hamburgers, cereal, cooked chicken, cheese etc.. Hell, my mom would even make her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! She did not care for fruit or vegetables, and if she didn’t like something she’d just let it drop out of her mouth. We didn’t feed her chocolate or raisins or anything.
She was a gorgeous dog! I miss her just thinking about it.