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Anyone else deal with this..?

I have had Kahlúa since she has been on the teet. And as long as she lived (3 months so far) she has NEVER had not one bite of "people food" yet if I have food, let's say we go for a drive, and I go through a drive thru and get food, as soon as she smells it, she starts sniffing the air like a crack head and trying her hardest to get to and get into the bag..!!!

How can she desire something so much, that she never had and has no idea that it is food or good food?

Furthermore, I want to never give her people food, but from yall experience, is it alright to give them a bite of something from time to time or no, I would like your thoughts.

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Dogs actually don't have much by way of taste buds but, as I'm sure you know, have a very strong sense of smell and boy does that human food smell good! It's all based on their sense of smell and wanting something that smells so delicious whether they can taste it or not or know what it is or not.

It's fine to give her a bite of something if it's healthy. I wouldn't give her anything from the drive through though. Stick to fruits and veggies - they are just as healthy for dogs as they are for us. My pups LOVE apples, bananas, pineapple and I just bought some carrot sticks to try with them. I know a lot of people have dogs that love green beans, broccoli and carrots. Cheese is another favorite. Ciara and I used the share low-fat string cheese snacks. If it's healthy for you, it's likely healthy for dogs as well and fine to give; however, I would definitely NOT give at the same time you are eating a meal. If you want to share a quick snack, fine, but don't start feeding your girl from your plate while you're eating dinner or another meal. That's just asking for trouble in my opinion.

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Dogs know food as it smells like food.

I shy away from "scraps" when they are young as during training they associate their "pushy" behavior with reward. When they get older-and I have established that while I have food they are to ignore that food-i will occasionally give them a small bite of something such as carrot or apple-and if im feeling giving even a small bite of my steak lol.

Just make sure what you give is dog friendly. Certain things may surprise you.


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Dogs actually don't have much by way of taste buds but, as I'm sure you know, have a very strong sense of smell and boy does that human food smell good! It's all based on their sense of smell and wanting something that smells so delicious whether they can taste it or not or know what it is or not.

It's fine to give her a bite of something if it's healthy. I wouldn't give her anything from the drive through though. Stick to fruits and veggies - they are just as healthy for dogs as they are for us. My pups LOVE apples, bananas, pineapple and I just bought some carrot sticks to try with them. I know a lot of people have dogs that love green beans, broccoli and carrots. Cheese is another favorite. Ciara and I used the share low-fat string cheese snacks. If it's healthy for you, it's likely healthy for dogs as well and fine to give; however, I would definitely NOT give at the same time you are eating a meal. If you want to share a quick snack, fine, but don't start feeding your girl from your plate while you're eating dinner or another meal. That's just asking for trouble in my opinion.

Hope that's helpful!

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Yeah, that makes sense, her sense of smell definitely is good, she be sniffing the air like its going out of style haha

Yeah it would be nice to give a nibble of something here and there, but yeah not off my plate and not fast food oh and not if she is begging for it and all up in my face...she knows she gets nothing that way, I don't give her her bowl of food until she sits and stays til I put it down, but she does jump up while I am fixing her food...

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Dogs know food as it smells like food.

I shy away from "scraps" when they are young as during training they associate their "pushy" behavior with reward. When they get older-and I have established that while I have food they are to ignore that food-i will occasionally give them a small bite of something such as carrot or apple-and if im feeling giving even a small bite of my steak lol.

Just make sure what you give is dog friendly. Certain things may surprise you.

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That makes sense @ when they are young, thinking their pishiness is what's getting them the treat, as I stated in response above, her bowl of food doesn't touch the ground tuo she is sitting and staying at a distance so I can pit it down without her jumping on me. I don't play that haha

Hahaha @ steak sharing is caring haha

And what so you mean by "certain things may surprise you"?

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Grapes are another no-no and would seem, without knowing any better, like an easy snack to share. But grapes and raisins both can be highly toxic to dogs. Avocado is bad too.
 

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FWIW, I see nothing wrong with an occasional table scrap in their food bowl. Not enough to be their meal but a little treat once in awhile. Talk about their sense of smell, my boy Titus will drool when I'm cooking some things. Seldom do we have bacon but cooking that gets both of my dogs attention real quick. I've been known to drizzle a little bacon grease on their meal, big hit of course.

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FWIW, I see nothing wrong with an occasional table scrap in their food bowl. Not enough to be their meal but a little treat once in awhile. Talk about their sense of smell, my boy Titus will drool when I'm cooking some things. Seldom do we have bacon but cooking that gets both of my dogs attention real quick. I've been known to drizzle a little bacon grease on their meal, big hit of course.

Joe
Say it ain't so Joe! See you're not that curmudgeonly after all :p :D

The pups did get London Broil on their birthday in a small portion of course. And Ciara knows the word "Spam" and goes absolutely nuts. Gross but she LOVES it. I think that the key is "moderation" just like it is for us humans and to NOT feed them WHILE you're eating. I try to only give them fresh fruits and veggies as a treat. BUT Ciara ate the majority of her meals as people food including her first "mom" literally going to McDonalds JUST for her. It was out of control and I could just be more sensitive to the issue because of Ciara. I worked hard to get her back into shape and that weight off and now I can't even see her :curse::cry:
 

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FWIW, I see nothing wrong with an occasional table scrap in their food bowl. Not enough to be their meal but a little treat once in awhile. Talk about their sense of smell, my boy Titus will drool when I'm cooking some things. Seldom do we have bacon but cooking that gets both of my dogs attention real quick. I've been known to drizzle a little bacon grease on their meal, big hit of course.

Joe
Well after reading the above link..I'm thinking bout buying her her own had or raw local honey from the folk on the wide of the road and drizzling some of that on her food once a week...to help with allergies

#ItsBacon (in that beggin strips commercial fake dog voice) haha

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