Can dogs eat apples?

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Can dogs eat apples?

Posted on | December 7, 2011 | 16 Comments

So you just got a new dog, right? Let me guess, now you’re asking yourself Can dogs eat Apples? Yes? Well you should be, because if you weren’t asking yourself that then you probably shouldn’t be reading this right now. If you feel stupid for asking such a “silly” question, I suggest you stop feeling so silly because it is NOT a silly question. I asked this question myself when I first got a dog. We all want the health of our dogs come first and therefore you are doing the right thing by researching the topic before you actually give your dog something that might be potentially deadly, so hats off to you.

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat apples as long as you don’t let the dogs eat the apple seeds. You can cut the apples into slices and remove the seeds manually or even buy presliced apples. Pre-sliced apples can be bought at your local supermarket or even at McDonalds! Yes, I bet you didn’t know that they sold apples there. Now if you don’t mind, I’ll get into a longer answer that has a bit more detail.

Now let me tell you why you shouldn’t give dogs apple seeds. Apple seeds have been known to contain cyanogenic glycosides which you may know as “cyanides”. When you feed your dog apples, make sure you take the seeds out or cut the apple into slices without seeds so your dog does not end up getting cyanide poisoning because cyanide is indeed a toxin (or “poison”). This would be like you eating a box full of rat poision, we all know you wouldn’t do that….or would you?
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Now I must congratulate you for getting through this painfully long article and finding your answer to Can dogs eat apples  If you decided not to read the rest of the article and you’re jumping straight to the conclusion looking for the answer, then I’ll repeat the answer once again: Yes dogs can eat apples as long as you take the seeds out. Honestly, that should be common sense, since most people don’t even eat the seeds. I’ve seen people buying beef patties for their dogs so I can’t see why apples would possibly be bad for dogs. Anyways remember to take the seeds out and then apples are safe for dogs to eat.

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Dog Training Games

Posted on | January 23, 2013 | No Comments

So I talk about training dogs all the time but I have never really gotten a chance to write about it. I got an email the other day from a lovely reader asking me what are your favorite dog training games. I wasn’t really sure what dog training games were at first but then I figured it out.

The one training game I play with my dog all the time is fetch! You may not have even realized that it is a training game but it sure is. Playing fetch with your dog teaches your dog to act on your command giving you more control of your dog in certain situations. Playing fetch also allows your dog to get some exercise which is crucial to the well being and health of an animal.

You may be thinking to yourself, how can I play fetch all the time, it gets very boring after a while. Once you do get to the point where you are just absolutely sick and tired of only playing fetch with your dog, you can take it to the next level. You can try to get your dog to drop the thrown object off somewhere else other than bringing it back to you. You can also try to get your dog to stop fetching after he or she has already began to run towards the object. If you teach your dog to stop it shows that you will have more control over your dog and it will help you stop your dog from doing something when he or she gets a little carried away.

Believe it or not, dogs have feelings too and when you spend time with them doing something as simple as playing fetch, it does help them feel better as well as helping you feel better about yourself. Dogs have been proven to show symptoms of anxiety when they are separated from their owners so it’s always great to spend the extra time playing with your dog to show them you love them. Dogs will return the favor by being there for you when you need them and they have been shown to understand when you are feeling down or depressed. This is only one of the reasons why dogs are man’s best friend! Woof!

Dog agility training

Posted on | January 23, 2013 | No Comments

Alright guys, this post isn’t going to be about apples, or bananas, or any other food you may be thinking of. I have gotten an email from a user named Alyssa asking if dog agility training is important. I’ll try to tackle this subject to the best of my knowledge however I do not have much experience in this field to give a lot of input.

First off, what exactly is agility training your dog? It’s training your dog to move quicker, smarter, and overall faster. The primary goal of dog agility training may be to teach your dog to react quicker to certain situations or just improve the overall health of your dog because the more you train your dog, the more exercise he or she is getting leading to a healthier lifestyle.

To aid in your dog agility training, you can pick up some agility training obstacles from your nearest pet store or even get them from the internet. Some of these obstacles include long tubes, hurdles, and training weaves. This equipment will not only help you train your dog properly, but it will save you money in the long run because you will not have to pay for a personal trainer for your dog. Personal trainers can get very expensive and with the proper tools and knowledge you can get dog agility training done right in your back yard.

The overall concept is not very hard. You ask your dog to do a certain thing, such as jump over a hurdle and if he or she does it properly, you give them a treat (do you see those apples coming in handy now?). Although this can be very frustrating, you need to be persistent and keep at it. The end result will make you feel great and have your dog very happy as well. It also makes for a neat show if you have friends or family over. There is a lot of entertainment value in seeing a dog do tricks and you can blow the minds of your friends and family out of the water if the tricks are cool enough.

Dog agility training is absolutely something you should consider doing yourself. If you just don’t feel comfortable, you can always hire a trainer to do it for you.

Can dogs eat apples

Posted on | January 23, 2013 | No Comments

Mcintosh, Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red delicious, sour green, and honeycrisp. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re referring to one of the best tasting fruits out there, the apple! Specifically I’m going to be answering the question that this site revolves around, Can dogs eat apples?

The answer is most certainly, YES! Dogs can eat apples! The one thing you need to worry about while you’re feeding your dog apples is that you should never let your dog eat the apples seeds. They can be very toxic to your dog. What I would recommend if you want to avoid the hassle of picking apple seeds out is to buy apples that are already cut into slices.

You can feed your dog apple chunks or apples cut into slices. The skin is also fine for dogs and puppies so don’t worry too much. Remember, apples are high in sugar so it is best to not make apples an everyday part of your dog’s diet as it can lead to weight gain and unhealthy habits. They are a great treat for your dog especially when you are rewarding them for good behavior.

The skin may be a controversial topic. Some people swear that dogs should not eat the skin of an apple however upon doing my own research I have not found a single person who says the skin is actually that bad. I’ve read countless times that it is perfectly fine to give the apple with skin to your dog as long as the seeds aren’t in there. When I give my own dog apple slices as a treat, I leave the skin on and she seems to love it!

So let’s see if you’ve been paying attention. Can dogs eat apples? If you’ve answered yes, then congrats! You have been paying attention and you should know all the do’s and don’ts when feeding apples to your beloved doggie! In case you do have any further questions or comments, feel free to ask them below or you can personally send me an email via our contact page. Have an awesome day ahead!

Potty Training Dogs – Is it really that hard?

Posted on | January 18, 2013 | No Comments

Lets face it, we all want a dog that is already fully trained but that’s not always the case. Sometimes we have to put in the effort for our little buddy to do things the way we want them. Potty training dogs can be a huge headache but not if you know the right things to do.
If you remember, as I have stated in almost every other article, food is usually a great tool when training dogs. Give your treats whenever he or she does something right. The first thing I did wrong when I tried learning how to potty train my dogs was to take classes.

A place near me, was holding classes on a Saturday morning teaching people how to train your dog to do tricks, general dog training, and how to potty train dogs. The class was 3 hours long and about 80 bucks. ys I was thinking $80 isn’t too bad to learn how to potty train my dog. It’s much cheaper than paying someone to do it for me. After I was done with the class, I did learn quite a few things but my wallet was feeling sore and I still had no idea what I was doing to train my dog.

Endless hours of browsing online for tips to potty train dogs kept leaving me in the dust but finally I came across a book that helped me get the steps down. The book teaches you how to potty train dogs in about 7 days and in just that 1 week, I was closer to having a fully potty trained dog than I ever was before. I do plan on getting a new puppy in a week so this knowledge definitely will be carried over. Enough talking, I’ll let the book speak for itself. You can get the book here and it’s about 15 bucks or so.

Some of the information in the book will have you going “doh, I should have known that” but there’s also lots of information that will keep you amazed. For some reason I had people emailing me about special “dog training equipment” that they should buy but I told them all to save money because I don’t remember personally having ever used any “special equipment.” So if you do see places that tell you to buy this equipment, save your money and take it with a warning that it’s probably not required.

 

Sources: Potty train dogs book

The only dog food you will ever need

Posted on | January 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Alright guys, let’s tackle this subject. A lot of you have been writing to me asking about raw dog food. I was skeptical at first, didn’t really see any point in going out and getting raw dog food but eventually I learned that there are way more benefits to getting your dog on a raw dog food plan.

Over the past few months, I found myself not paying nearly as much after I switched to raw dog food. I think the primary reason I was paying so much is because I kept buying name-brand dog food and it was really starting to break the bank. I do love my dog and want nothing but the best for him but as soon as I got him on a raw dog food diet, I’ve found him to be much happier and so was my bank.

Lately I’ve noticed Rex’s coat getting shinier, and his breath not smelling as bad as it used to.  Another thing I’ve noticed since Rex went on the raw dog food diet is that he has only been sick once in the past 7 months and it only lasted a day. Rex was all tired and gloomy for a day, I was getting worried but he seemed much better the next day. He’s definitely much more energetic overall and more fun to play with.

My co-worker sent me a great eBook detailing what foods to buy, how to go about the raw doggy diet and what other benefits there are in doing so. The book is called, Going Rawr! The dog owners Compendium. If you’re interested in getting your dog into the raw dog food diet, I highly suggest you check the book out or speak to your vet. Since changing your dog’s lifestyle is a big step, it’s best if you get as much information as possible to make the right decision, even if it is for the better.

If you’re interested in the book, you can get it here: Going Rawr!

If you do get the book or if you have tried the raw dog food diet, I’d love to hear what you think as well. Feel free to drop a comment below and if you’d like me to respond to you personally, you can use the contact page or even just leave the comment with your email.

Can dogs eat peanuts

Posted on | January 16, 2013 | No Comments

A lot of people nowadays are wondering what food their animals should or shouldn’t eat. They’re scared that some things can actually harm their animals, according to myths or rumors that they find on the internet or out on the street. One of the questions often brought up is, “Can dogs eat peanuts”? These people are wondering if it will harm their dog in any way shape or form, and can it actually be healthy for them? Well first off, the answer right off the bat is yes. They can eat peanuts, and it is not harmful to them in any way shape or form. A lot of dog treats have synthetic peanut butter already in them, and it is also used as an individual treat for them when put on a spoon or on top of their food.

There are rumors all over the place that dogs have actually died from this, and some of them are not exactly rumors. The difference is that the people who are responsible for the stories neglected to say anything about the dogs having a peanut allergy, (which of course is going to kill them). They didn’t know that when they fed it to them, obviously, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reporting as well. This is part of the reason that so many people are afraid to feed it to their dog in the first place, (when ironically they are probably giving them some form of a peanut just by what they feed them). This is also why it is important to check what kind of chemicals are in your dogs food ahead of time, especially if you know that they have some form of allergy.

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So the question is no longer “Can dogs eat peanuts” at this point, but instead is it safe for them to? Well, if you really have a strong desire to feed your dog some sort of peanut product, (or have some sort of application that he or she desperately needs but are afraid to use it because it contains some sort of peanut-related product), you should consult a vet or get some sort of test done. While it may not seem like a big deal, peanut allergies are actually some of the most brutal and painful types out there. They are generally never mild, and can end up being fatal if too much is given to a dog that is allergic to it at one time. It’s important to remember that dogs are smaller than humans, and thus tolerance for allergies and pain is much lower.

All in all, you shouldn’t necessarily be afraid of giving your dog peanut butter. It’s smart to meter it out, instead, to make sure that they can handle it. A lot of dogs actually love peanuts and peanut butter, as something about the taste makes them happy and stimulates them. Giving them just a small taste of it and building it up from that point is a great way to be safe and also let them have what they want. Most of all, keep in mind that it will not have a negative effect on your animal as long as you give it time to build up before increasing how much you give him or her, and monitor how they act. Most dogs aren’t allergic to peanuts anyways, but you can never be too careful with someone that you cares about!

Can dogs eat eggs

Posted on | January 11, 2013 | No Comments

You can get them in many different forms: scrambled, hard-boiled, fried, and some even prefer them raw! If you haven’t figured it out, I’m talking about eggs!  Specifically if dogs can eat eggs. I’ll go into a little bit about it but you should know that generally eggs are safe for dogs.

The only problem you may see with dogs eating eggs is the potential side effects. They are not super severe side effects as you may be thinking. The two biggest ones are weight gain and flatulence, or passing gas so if your dog lets out a stinky one after a meal of eggs, don’t be too surprised.

You may be aware that some dogs are more prone to weight gain than others when eating fatty foods. Eggs are high in fat and protein so you should be aware of this when you portion out the eggs to feed your dog. Most of the fat is stored in the yolk of the egg so to keep the fat down you could simply give your dog only the white part of the egg.

One side effect of dogs eating eggs is actually a positive one. It’s been known that when dogs eat eggs, it keeps their coat, or fur shiny. Keeping the fur shiny will keep your dog looking younger and stronger.

Personally I would stay away from raw eggs because they do contain bad bacteria and can cause diseases. You can cook your eggs or hard boil them. It is best to make sure that the eggs are cooled down if you are going to give your dog hard boiled eggs.

If you dog has eaten raw eggs, there’s no need to panic. Chances are your dog is fine although there is the every once in a while case where the dog may get sick. If you do notice your dog getting sick after eating raw eggs, do take him or her to the vet ASAP for expert medical advice. Dogs do not have the same digestive system as we do. Dogs are able to digest raw foods, especially meat, far better than we are. Raw eggs may also cause diarrhea so even though there’s no need to panic, I would recommend you take the extra time and cook the eggs.

So can dogs eat eggs? Yes, of course! Just remember, I have repeated this over and over again but it is the most important part! Make sure you practice moderation. You should not give your dog “human foods” every single day or for many meals. Eggs may be good for a treat once in a while, just like other “human foods.” If you follow this rule, you should be in good shape.

Can dogs eat broccoli?

Posted on | August 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

So you’re probably wondering if dogs can eat those lovely green trees….. no, not those trees! I’m talking about the infamous broccoli. According to my recent research, dogs can eat broccoliAs long as you don’t make it an every-day thing, broccoli here and there should be perfectly fine for dogs, whether it’s a treat or a snack.

Can dogs eat toast?

Posted on | August 10, 2012 | No Comments

So, I know I haven’t updated the site in a while but I haven’t been receiving many questions lately. I got one last night that I’d like to answer now. The question I got was: “Can dogs eat toast?” 

 

Toasted bread, will most likely be fine for your dog, as long as you aren’t replacing whole meals with the toast. Every once in a while, toast should be okay. What I do not recommend is giving your dog burnt toast. I’m sure you wouldn’t like burnt toast yourself so it’s probably not going to make your dog very happy.

Can dogs eat strawberries

Posted on | May 22, 2012 | No Comments

Can dogs eat strawberries?  Yes, yes they can. Strawberries are one of the fruits on the safer side of the food list so they should be perfectly fine for dogs, given that you feed them in small amounts, of course.

Although dogs can eat strawberries, feeding your dog strawberries every single day can end up in negative effects. Unlike humans, who sometimes eat strawberries in large amounts very often (sometimes with delicious toppings such as whipped cream), dogs can only take so much before they get sick.

What I would recommend is no more than 1 or 2 strawberries every once in a while, especially using them for training if your dog loves them! What you might not know is that there is a hidden benefit of strawberries for dogs. Strawberries may help clean your dog’s teeth, or keep them clean if they are already so it might not be bad to throw one in every now and then. This benefit of course is added on top of the fact that they are already delicious.

Nice cold strawberries can be a very satisfying snack on a hot summer day, for humans AND for dogs, especially if combined with some cool whip, which is if your dog can have cool whip. Although cool whip is not the healthiest thing out there, it certainly is a very tasty thing to have, especially combined with strawberries or other kinds of fruit.

The key to most foods for your dog is going to be moderation. Don’t give your dog too much that it can cause adverse problems, but also give your dog just enough to fill a craving. Also, remember not to make it a regular thing such as giving your dog strawberries every single day. Try to limit it to once or twice a week if you absolutely have to. Remember, not all people food is for dogs although it may not hurt dogs, it might not benefit them either.

So now you’ve got the answer to `Can dogs eat strawberries` and you have learned that cool whip may not be bad for the either (although it certainly isn’t good for dogs OR for humans) why don’t you take some time to look at the other foods that your dog can or cannot eat on the right?

 

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