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Fido’s Begging Habit

Does your dog watch you the whole time you are eating? Has your canine buddy perfected that soulful, sad-eyed stare that melts your heart … and gets you to fork over tasty tidbits? Dogs have many talents, but their ability to guilt us into overindulging them is truly legendary. Read on as a local Ellicott City, MD vet discusses Fido’s begging habits.

Snacks

Treats aren’t a bad thing in and of themselves. In fact, they’re actually very beneficial! For one thing, they make excellent training aids. They’re also a great way to bond with Fido, and make him feel happy, loved, and safe. Last but not least, yummy snacks are a great way to get that furry tail going. Just be careful not to go overboard.

Petiquette

Begging is bad doggy manners! Even if you think it’s cute, Fido’s theatrics can make guests uncomfortable. Also, if your pooch knows that he’ll get a yummy treat if he looks sad enough, he may become bolder and bolder, and even start snatching food off the table.

Teaching Your Pet Better Table Manners

If you haven’t been able to stop your pooch from begging, rescind Fido’s invitation to dine with you. Put your pup in his kennel while you’re eating. If you have a yard, you can let your canine friend outside, as long as weather permits. Once you’re done, give your furry buddy his meal, and then take him for an evening walk.

Obesity

Did you know that over half of our canine companions are overweight or obese? Begging definitely plays a role in these numbers. If you can’t resist your furry friend’s stare, pull the ol’ switcheroo on Fido, and give him a carrot stick instead of that meatball he’s eyeballing.

Safe Treats

If you do decide to share your food with your furry pal, be sure to only offer him safe options. Many popular foods are toxic to our canine pals! Never give your dog anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; nuts; pitted fruit, especially avocado; and grapes, currants, and raisins. Raw meat, dough, and yeast are also dangerous, as is meat on the bone and anything containing alcohol or xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your dog’s diet or care? Please contact us, your local Ellicott City, MD pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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