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Myth Monday- Sharing snacks

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Hey there, fellow dog lovers! Are you tired of being told that sharing snacks with your furry friend is bad? Well, I'm here to tell you that it's time to break that myth and start enjoying some yummy treats with your pup!

Bug-eyed pug in a denim jacket.

First of all, let's address the elephant in the room - begging. Yes, it's true that sharing human food can lead to begging, but that doesn't mean you can't create some ground rules. By setting up an on and off switch for sharing snacks, you can enjoy some bonding time with your dog while also preventing begging. For example, when you're not sharing, you can give your dog some enrichment activities or put them on a mat.

Now, let's talk about the fun stuff - snacks! Contrary to popular belief, it's okay to share some human food snacks with your dog as long as you do it in moderation. Popcorn, crackers, and french fries can be a great treat for your furry friend, as long as they don't have any allergies or a sensitive stomach. Plus, sharing snacks can help build a stronger bond between you and your pup, making you a great leader and handler.

But wait, there's more! Did you know that you don't have to make your dog wait until after you eat to have their meal? That's right, dogs can eat during or after their handlers, and there are benefits to doing both. For instance, you can reward your dog with some safe scraps while you eat, which can help them stay calm and relaxed.

However, it's important to keep in mind that every dog is different and has different needs. You should always account for the calories in the snacks and treats you give your dog and feed them based on their calorie intake, not what the back of the bag says. Additionally, some dogs have sensitive stomachs and should not be fed new things that may upset their stomach. You also need to be careful about pancreatitis, which can be caused by eating too much human food.

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In conclusion, sharing snacks with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience if done correctly. So, don't be afraid to break the rules and share some yummy treats with your furry friend. Just remember to keep it in moderation, account for calories, and be mindful of your dog's individual needs. Check out my blog post on healthy human foods to add to your dog's diet in the form of awesome snacks and start enjoying some bonding time with your pup today!

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