Who here feeds their dog anything other than straight dog food? Do you let your dog eat table scraps? Clean up the floor around the dining room table? Share your popcorn and beer? How strict are you on the dog-food-only regimen?
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Fruits and vegetables only. They are dedicated snacks, not fed to them while we (wife and I) are eating. They are never given anything off of our plates or dining room table. We try not to associate our food or eating time with theirs. We can eat at the same time, but in their respective areas that they normally eat.
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Location: Endless Mountains of Pa
You bet I give my dogs meat from our table after dinner, some juice from the roasts also. No junk food however. Mixing the meat with their regular dog food, they clean up everything, the stainless Bowls glisten they are so clean.
I also feed Deer meat when we are up at the log cabin Grouse hunting. My dogs are not tired in the woods, gun dogs need meat to function properly week after week in the Grouse woods.
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How can you resist a face like that Dave! I give table scraps to mine just meat really after we are done. He cleans the plates too. I don't mix it or juices in with his regular food because he wont eat if we don't do it, he is a food snob, if he knows there is something better and I hand him a snack he turns away and snubs it. We share an apple every night at 1900. No peace in the house if we don't have an apple in the fridge.
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Grain free dog food that is supposedly high in meat content and a small junk of cheese here and there. I am not hung up on grain free food, but went to it years ago when my dogs stopped eating the major companies foods. They ate it with gusto so I stuck with it.
They always have plenty of energy in the field and eat the food when on the road with no issues. I canít say that for many other dog foods I tried. They never get table scraps, but during the bird season he shares part of a sandwich with me in the filed.
If I give him a treat it is a kibble of his dog food.
I just remembered one exception for human food, he gets to lick the ice cream bowl.
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LOL. Looks like a broad spectrum of approaches. With our old Shorthair, we were right there with putting meat juices on his dog food, and letting him clean up meal scraps.
The reason I ask is that our new pup seems to be driven by curiosity toward our food, even though heís got a full dish of his own. With three kids around here ages 3, 9, and 11, Iím pretty much fighting a losing battle against the pup getting our food, especially cleaning up what ďfell on the floor,Ē at meal time.. My thoughtsóon limiting him to dog foodówas that I can control his weight better. Although, my old shorthair was never fat...
I might re-think that. Thanks for the responses, guys.
Yea, fairly regularly. She likes our food, and her food. Eats about two cups of kibble, with a few chicharones sprinkled on top, every day, and whatever she can mooch from us, which, is just a bite most of the time.
Way more important, to me, anyway, is the dog is on a strict exercise regimen. Look closely at that Setterís waist, and remember she is 6 years old in that photo, and 43 lbs. I like them thin and muscled up, and work daily, not just when it suits me, but, daily, to run that dog.
I canít stand looking at a fat Setter.
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Thanks guys. This is all good stuff. Makes me feel better about not being militant about it here with the wife and kids. It certainly flies against the recommendations of the old-time dog trainers, but so what.
I fully agree about the need for exercise and keeping Ďem thin, too. I think that more than anything thatís how my old dog made it to 16. Heíd have gone longer, too, if his stomach hadnít flipped. He was in good shape.
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Location: Tappahannock, Virginia
My girl often gets additives to her kibble. No salt added chicken broth, plain kefir, full fat Greek yogurt. Or dollop of sour cream. Iíll buy marked down meat at the grocery and cook up a few pork chops or chicken thighs to cut up and mix a touch in during the week. I donít want to eat the same thing every day, and I doubt she does either.
I try to put any leftovers in the fridge and give to her later to discourage table begging.
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Chester enjoys table scraps immensely but itís a rare treat for him. He disdains kale however.
Iím convinced that dogs are genetically predisposed to seek human food scraps. Our previous dog used to eat any half eaten scraps the kids left in the back yard including apple cores and carrot tops. I once did an experiment: I tossed him a fresh whole grain cracker which he sniffed and ignored. Then I threw him an identical one but after I took a bite out of it, and he gobbled it up with great relish. That proved it for me.
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