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Weighing in on Table Scraps

Most people don’t believe in feeding their dogs table scraps, but if I have left over fish skin (non seasoned) or roasted veggies then I do put these into the dog’s bowl. Is that terrible?



Table food can be a great way to add variety to a dog’s diet, contrary to what we were all taught.

It is important to remember that there are certain foods which are not appropriate for dogs, i.e. chocolate, macadamia nuts, most seasonings, etc. Be sure that you don’t feed from the table and instead, put them in the dogs bowl and serve them on the floor where your dog normally eats his/her meals.

If you are old enough to remember, until about 40 – 50 years ago, there were no commercial dog’s foods. The dogs ate the scraps of what we didn’t eat at a particular meal, or two. Just make sure you are giving your dog healthy choices, no fried foods, potato chips, etc.


Tina McCain
Master Dog Trainer/Behaviorist
MerryMac Dog Training & Nutrition Center
Phone (770) 579-3865
Fax (770) 579-4470

Wed, October 6 2010 » Ask the Expert, Health, Training

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Molly Molly

I am a three year old German Shepherd from South Georgia.  I don’t really have a favorite toy because my favorite things are sleeping and getting petted on the head. Although if I do get up some energy I will admit that I love getting into the trash to look for napkins.

My brother Teddy is lots of fun to play with, plus he usually takes the blame for my chewing.  I really like him for that!  I love to bark a lot; sometimes my humans do not appreciate that so much.  I am SUPER special because I am a white German Shepherd and that is not so common I hear.

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