Informing yourself on what your dog can and can't eat will not only keep your dog healthy but will additionally assist in their training development! Your dog's state of health will determine its absorption of learning as its ability to concentrate and focus is impaired. When a dog feels under the weather, they will often revert to their fight or flight instincts which means that in high-pressure situations, such as training sessions, they can become agitated, defensive, rebellious, and ungovernable.
Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and veggies aren't healthy just for our gut! The vitamins and nutrients from these two groups are imperative when it comes to having a healthy dog! Below is a good guide when deciding if a specific item is safe or not for your pup.
Sweet Potato (cooked)
Sweet potato (uncooked)
Mushrooms (certain varieties)
Peppers (spicy varieties)
Corn (on the cob)
Some fruits will require some preparation before you can safely give them to your pup.
Melons - remove the rind
Passion Fruit - remove seeds and rind
Cherries - remove the pit
Plum - remove the pit
Apples - remove seeds
Lychee - remove the pit and the skin
Peaches - remove the pit
Banana - remove the peel
Other Non-Safe Foods
Even though there is an abundance of foods that are great for your pup, there are other foods that should be avoided at all costs! These dog-toxic foods are often found in most households and should be kept out of your pup's reach:
Xylitol (sugar alternative)
Before you change your pup's diet, always be sure to consult with their nutritionist first!
Be sure to check out Brain Games and Filling Ideas for information about how fruits and vegetables can be added to your dog's mental stimulation routine!
This handsome pup sure does enjoy blueberries!