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disposablehero
Nov 24th, 2006, 04:59 AM
Supposedly this is something you are not supposed to do. It is unhealthy and blah blah blah. I disagree.

My dog is constantly begging and goes nuts at the sight of brussel sprouts and especially celery.

Stop eating things that are bad for your dog.

Sam L
Nov 24th, 2006, 05:03 AM
Generally it's bad but I think brussels sprouts and celery should be ok. :)

miss_molik
Nov 24th, 2006, 05:39 AM
my dog (labrador) would die if she didn't get a couple of scraps every night.

RVD
Nov 24th, 2006, 06:30 AM
Supposedly this is something you are not supposed to do. It is unhealthy and blah blah blah. I disagree.

My dog is constantly begging and goes nuts at the sight of brussel sprouts and especially celery.

Stop eating things that are bad for your dog.The short quick answer is 'no'.

In fact I was just listening to this show a few minutes ago that stated pets are not used to holiday foods; the type we consider delicacies. Not only can they get extremely sick, but you can inadvertently kill them in some cases. :scared: I believe it had to do with spicy foods and chocolates and such. :shrug:

sanpo
Nov 24th, 2006, 10:14 AM
it's generally ok since table scraps are the same food that we will and want to eat, only that they fell on the table/floor, we are too full to finish, etc.

sanpo
Nov 24th, 2006, 10:15 AM
Also they eat food that's been on the floor anyway, so something that we might consider dirty would probably be a treat for them.

Erika_Angel
Nov 24th, 2006, 10:55 AM
It has nothing to do with the food you give to the dogs (so long as it isn't onion, as onion is VERY bad for dogs, chocolate too) - It is all about mannerisms and behavior and what you are teaching your dog.

You say your dog is constantly begging for food at the table. When you feed your dog after s/he begs, you are rewarding him/her for begging at the table. Dogs should not be around the dinner table and especially not begging. What if you had guests over? An important dinner perhaps? Dogs should know that they are not to beg for food at the table, if they do so you should reprimand them by sending them to their basket if they have one or putting them outside. Soon they will learn not to do it.

pla
Nov 24th, 2006, 11:04 AM
my dog (labrador) would die if she didn't get a couple of scraps every night.

It won't :p ;)

Erika said enough but I must add that the food is a very important part of the hierarchy, you must not feed your dog before you or you can create or worsen behaviour dominant problems.

Anyways, a dog doesn't NEED the table scraps, the dog food is normally very well balanced. But if you want to create yourself problems of an eventual future rejection of "doggy food", you can give the scraps AFTER you finished eating. And give a little, as our food may cause problems to dogs. For the dog it's not the quantity but the fact that the "boss of the pack" gave him something sweet.

Avid Merrion
Nov 24th, 2006, 12:24 PM
no you shouldn't, but if you must give them table scraps you certainly shouldn't feed them to your dog at the table. they won't beg at the table if you don't feed them there :)

anyway, you don't eat your dog's food (or at least i hope you don't! :lol: ) so your dog really shouldn't be eating yours.

stray dog
Nov 24th, 2006, 01:27 PM
:drool: :lick: yes you should:D ...though my last owner she never fed me at all...rarely...:sad: ..and i had to go all alone to the nearest KFC and eat all the scraps that people gave me...it was so scary for me because there were two horrible Rottweilers that would chase me and try to bite me :sad: :help:

controlfreak
Nov 24th, 2006, 01:35 PM
if you feed your dog table scraps it will grow up to have wooden legs.

Elske
Nov 24th, 2006, 02:48 PM
it's proven that dogs live three years LONGER when they only eat table scraps (13 yrs <-> 10 years). When you mix table scraps + dogfood, they only live one year longer (11 years).

My dog has been eating table scraps for all her life, she's 15 years old :) :worship:

Sally Struthers
Nov 24th, 2006, 02:59 PM
I say no. They'e begging because you've trained them to beg by giving them the scraps. If you do give them food, do not do it at the table. Also do not give dogs chocolate or grapes/raisins as they are highly toxic to them

Infiniti2001
Nov 24th, 2006, 03:56 PM
I know I shouldn't but I do hehe. When the vet complains about her weight I don't. I also feed my aunt's dog when I go over, so much so that he associates me with food now . We have this routine where he meets and greets me at the door and escorts me to the kitchen -- so damn cute.

TennisSTUD
Nov 24th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Depends on what the food is, my grandmother had a dog that lived to be so so so old and gave him chocolate donuts, cakes, meats, cheese....etc

!<blocparty>!
Nov 24th, 2006, 04:02 PM
no you shouldn't, but if you must give them table scraps you certainly shouldn't feed them to your dog at the table. they won't beg at the table if you don't feed them there :)

anyway, you don't eat your dog's food (or at least i hope you don't! :lol: ) so your dog really shouldn't be eating yours.

Ugh agreed. Don't you just facking hate it when you go to someone's house and their dog is lingering around the table rubbing its nose into your legs panting for food. Ugh, disgusting, and so rude. :rolleyes:

We used to give our dog all the food we made ourselves, no processed stuff. Meat, veg etc. NO chocolate or desserts.

Avid Merrion
Nov 24th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Ugh agreed. Don't you just facking hate it when you go to someone's house and their dog is lingering around the table rubbing its nose into your legs panting for food. Ugh, disgusting, and so rude. :rolleyes:

ugh, i know. i hate, hate, hate dogs that mooch round the table slobbering all over the place while you are trying to eat :mad: it's almost as bad as people who let dogs lick their faces :tape: then again, they tend to be the kind of people who think it's cute when their mutt begs for food at the table.... ;)

JonBcn
Nov 24th, 2006, 05:20 PM
Whether you do it or not, make sure you don't give them food that you've covered in salt and pepper. Pepper is especially bad for their liddle doggie tummies...

Infiniti2001
Nov 24th, 2006, 05:48 PM
Ugh agreed. Don't you just facking hate it when you go to someone's house and their dog is lingering around the table rubbing its nose into your legs panting for food. Ugh, disgusting, and so rude. :rolleyes:

We used to give our dog all the food we made ourselves, no processed stuff. Meat, veg etc. NO chocolate or desserts.

my aunt's doggie is very disciplined. He won't come around the dinner table unless invited--- I so love that about him. The mutt here on the otherhand shows up the moment one walks in the kitchen http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/4152/lff3oj7.gif

Dawn Marie
Nov 24th, 2006, 09:29 PM
Yes you should. I see so many dogs eating people food and living long lives. I haven't seen a case study that shows me that dogs who eat doggie food live longer and healthier. I always gave my doggie scraps since she turned her nose up at IAMES. My dog lived to be 18 until I put her to sleep.

I did rinse off the salt and pepper and excess fat. She loved ice cream and cake. She loved chicken and pork chops. I did feel bad that alot of people were starving in this world and yet my dog ate better. That was on my mind at times when she ate.


My doggie was unique. She hated dog food but if money was tight and had to go to the cans she woud always eat cat food. When my cat gave birth twice, it was Pokey who licked them clean. She was so fond of the babies and would watch out for them. No kidding.

Anyway I feel a dog is okay eating people food, I don't trust that process crap anyhow.

disposablehero
Nov 25th, 2006, 05:53 AM
I'd like to thank you all for participating in my thread. It's unfortunate, however, that only Sam L actually read my post.

Don't eat things that are bad for your dog.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Nov 25th, 2006, 08:01 AM
Why not? I give my cats all the food that is left after dinner and they are fine. The same should be with dogs :shrug:

Mileen
Nov 25th, 2006, 08:32 AM
it's proven that dogs live three years LONGER when they only eat table scraps (13 yrs <-> 10 years). When you mix table scraps + dogfood, they only live one year longer (11 years).

My dog has been eating table scraps for all her life, she's 15 years old :) :worship:

Agree!
Feelings are god's way in telling us what we need. You should never disrespect what your dog is telling you he needs. His body knows absolute best. Furthermore, food is a basic need. How can one reprimand him/her for asking for it? :rolleyes: And if your dog preferres real food over stinky processed (dog) food, it means the first is healthier. Stinky means it's unhealthy, and you are not supposed to eat it. Of course you should feed your dog what we eat ourselves - except for unions, chocolate, candy and the like of course. Just stay with the healthy stuff. Are dogs eating dog food in nature? No! They eat fresh meat! Let's say, you had a boss above you who determined when and what you were alowed to eat - and you wouldn't get enough and not the most healthy food, cq. what your body needs, and you would be constantly hungry?!
My grandparent's dog also ate what we ate; he got it before we ate, hence he didn't bag at the table. He ate home made soup and other healthy things and lived for 18 years.

Erika_Angel
Nov 25th, 2006, 08:56 AM
:rolleyes: at the people saying feeding table scraps is healthier. Find me an article where it actually shows proof that dogs who eat table scraps live longer?

I have a dog who is like 12 and we never give him table scraps and he is perfectly healthy. Dog food (unless it is cheapo stuff) contains the nutrients and a healthy balanced diet that dogs require.

Elske
Nov 25th, 2006, 09:32 AM
:rolleyes: at the people saying feeding table scraps is healthier. Find me an article where it actually shows proof that dogs who eat table scraps live longer?

I have a dog who is like 12 and we never give him table scraps and he is perfectly healthy. Dog food (unless it is cheapo stuff) contains the nutrients and a healthy balanced diet that dogs require.

http://www.brusselsnieuws.irisnet.be/site/rubrieken/1091100512/page.htm?newsID=1155829844
http://www.dagjeouder.nl/samen/ontspanning/item/369
http://www.hondenhok.com/pivot/entry.php?id=2171&month=8&year=2006


:p

dog food doesn't contain enough minerals and vitamins

Erika_Angel
Nov 25th, 2006, 09:36 AM
http://www.brusselsnieuws.irisnet.be/site/rubrieken/1091100512/page.htm?newsID=1155829844
http://www.dagjeouder.nl/samen/ontspanning/item/369
http://www.hondenhok.com/pivot/entry.php?id=2171&month=8&year=2006


:p

dog food doesn't contain enough minerals and vitamins

I can't read those sorry. But I can assure you if you buy good dog food it will give dogs the required minerals and vitamins.

Avid Merrion
Nov 25th, 2006, 10:01 AM
I'd like to thank you all for participating in my thread. It's unfortunate, however, that only Sam L actually read my post.

Don't eat things that are bad for your dog.

:rolleyes: the actual title of your thread is Should you feed your dog table scraps? i think most people in this thread have answered that question.

i did read your opening post and the last line was - Stop eating things that are bad for your dog. if you wanted just that particular part to be answered, then perhaps you should have made that the thread title and indeed made it a question instead of a statement :p

Josh B.
Nov 25th, 2006, 10:09 AM
only if you feed them scraps at the table! that pisses me off

i just came back from the seychelles and the hotel i was in had a few cats. a woman sat near us feeding the cat from her plate, and when she tol it to go away, wondered why it stayed!! What a retard!

the cat associates her ugly mug with food!

disposablehero
Nov 26th, 2006, 07:36 PM
:rolleyes: the actual title of your thread is Should you feed your dog table scraps? i think most people in this thread have answered that question.

i did read your opening post and the last line was - Stop eating things that are bad for your dog. if you wanted just that particular part to be answered, then perhaps you should have made that the thread title and indeed made it a question instead of a statement :p

I suppose I could just hit people over the head with my point, but I do occasionally use subtlety and try and get people to view things from a different angle. The point being are table scraps unhealthy for dogs because they are dogs or becuase people are usually eating things that are across-the-board unhealthy?

VeeReeDavJCap81
Nov 27th, 2006, 05:25 AM
I would say table scraps in EXCESS are bad for you dog, but a few pieces of meat unseasoned or rice, bread etc; will not harm your dog. These elements are just fresh versions of what is already in processed dry dog food.
One disadvantage of giving your dog table scraps is what could be an impending surprise in the back yard the next day :tape:

"Sluggy"
Nov 27th, 2006, 08:20 AM
Table scraps are not good for your dog to eat. It is not healthy for your dog.