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Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekly Wag #14:
Bonding Over Shared Food

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
© All Things Dog Blog
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Who among us would not like to change at least one of our dog's errant habits? Jumping, barking, pulling, herding or food aggression with dogs or people. These and more are among the top on most owners' list of troubling behaviors. These are all topics I get regular questions about, and having worked through them with my own dogs, I often attempt to provide assistance or problem solving when our Ask the Dog Trainer columnist is backed up, which is pretty much all the time. He's a popular guy! 

This week as I change direction from Fetch Training to a new topic for next week, I'd like to give you a chance to offer an opinion. First, evaluate your pup. What are his behaviors that most need work? You don't have to tell me; just answer this for yourself.

Once you've determined your areas of greatest concern, leave a comment (anonymous is fine!) telling me which behaviors are your biggest problems. I'll follow your lead, although I will continue to pop in an occasional Wag that includes some toy fun or other silliness too. Look for some great treat balls coming soon.

Today's bonding activity will be more of a snuggle on the couch and read a good novel, unless you're busy watching the Final Four. When it's time for a snack, choose something you and Fido can share. Remember those sleepovers when you and your friends ate a whole pint of ice cream together? That's the image we're working on today--sharing.

Here are a few ideas for sharing with Fido: 
  • Peanut butter can be rubbed inside a Kong, or on the outside of any other favorite snack. For the longest lasting enjoyment, make it tough to get to. Also remember that peanut butter is high in fat, so don't stuff that Kong, simply rub the inside of it with a thin layer and make it a challenging job to get at. Yum yum!
  • Another favorite snack of both humans and Fidos is cheese. Choose harder cheeses and share small shavings to limit calories and fat for your furry friend.
  • Carrots (we choose organic) are a healthy and nutritious snack for your dog. Just keep in mind that they are high in sugar, so your Yorkie should only get a tiny baby carrot, even if your Great Dane is gobbling down 2 giant juicing carrots. Sorry little one!
  • Pupsicles are a wonderful way to cool down after a hot afternoon walk--apple juice, carrot juice, and even chicken broth freeze well and offer a fun, low-cal treat that can be served on the back patio or in a lined crate to eliminate the dripping on your floor.
  • Frozen treats are a delightful version of our human popsicles. Try our Pupsicle favorites, made from plain yogurt, blended with fresh fruits. Or add a bit of peanut butter to plain yogurt for a different sort of frozen delight. You'll enjoy these as well when frozen in an ice cube tray and popped out to eat one by one.
  • What are your favorite snacks to share? Feel free to leave a comment and tell me about you and your pup's delightful snacking choices.
The Weekly Wag quarterly participation drawing will be made tomorrow from our sign up post at this link. That makes today your last opportunity to sign up, leave some feedback, comments, ideas or a report on how your dog is doing on any of the Weekly Wag activities you may have participated in. By the way, did you check the winners' list for the Weekly Wag giveaway?

We'll be thanking you for your participation at the end of each quarter, so keep it coming. You can find the sign up post anytime, by simply clicking the Weekly Wag button in my sidebar. Our first quarter winner will be announced Monday, so be sure to stop in for Mutt Monday and see who grabs the Weekly Wag quarterly surprise. 
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cdmtx said...

great tips , thanks! we also enjoy some seedless organic watermelon and some homemade doggie ice - cream with plain yogurt,jar of baby food banana,
peanut butter and organic honey

evie said...

i have 3 little girls, after i feed them, let them out, i eat watching tv in bed. so i end up sharing my steamed veggies (if there are no additives on them that they should not have). we also share bananas, apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, kale chips that i make myself. they dont really beg, just watch me very closely to see if i drop anything....tressa, the middle child, watches every move i make with food. if i get up to go to the kitchen she is right behind me, if i open the fridge, she sticks her nose in. we were at a doggy event today, and she got lose, she was wandering up and down the food areas looking for any droppings....mind you, i watch their weight very carefully.

Rumpydog said...

I will eat anything, but Jen won't let me *sigh*
We do share carrots, green beans, and other veggies too. Last week we had asparagus! Yummy!

Kolchak Puggle said...

We share a whole lot of food here at Casa de Kolchak. In fact, my desire to be able to share food has made us drastically improve the quality of our meals and snacks. After all, you can share junk food with your pup, now can you? This week we made Greek Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats which were pup & people friendly!

Alan said...

Just be careful about what you feed your dog. I learned not all "people foods" are good for dogs from

Anonymous said...

I need help on how to train the HUMANS in the house to follow certain guidelines so we can help our dogs change their behaviors. ;)

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

@Anonymous: I definitely get your drift! Often the problems are more about the humans than the dogs!

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