There are things that will become unsafe and unhealthy for your dog that you need to prevent. One of those things is to not let your dog guard its food. Typically, dogs will eat whatever they can get their teeth on, so it’s important to keep notice of what your dog is about to chew such as any scraps of food, cigarette butts, chewing gum, etc. that end up on the sidewalk and into their stomachs.
You need to be alert and step in and remove food from your dog when it’s necessary for their safety. This will become easier if you train your dog during their puppy age by feeding your dog and removing the food after a few bites. You can train an older dog the same way by removing food after a few bites and rewarding the dog with treats for sitting calmly and patiently.
You shouldn’t tease your dog when it’s eating because it can lead to a dog choking, gagging, or just frustrated. This is especially the case for children that teases a dog during meal times by pulling their fur or tail, which can cause the dog to become frustrated enough to lash out at the child. This would be an unsafe situation for your child and your dog.
You shouldn’t walk your dog right after a meal. It is best to wait at least 15-30 minutes after feeding to exercise your dog because they need a little time to digest. This is especially true for deep chested dogs such as Great Danes, Boxers, German Shepherds, and Dachshunds that are all prone to bloating, which is a dangerous condition that can have severe health problems.
Don’t feed your dog people food because there are certain human food that is dangerous for dogs to eat that include: grapes, chocolate, raisins, and onions can be toxic to your dog in large enough quantities. Also, excessive fat in meats or dairy products can cause digestive distress and the best way to avoid this issue would be to have no table scraps anywhere accessible by your dog.
An in-depth understanding of dangerous human foods and their possible negative effects to your dog include: chocolate for dogs can be toxic to the heart and nervous system, raisins/ grapes can cause kidney failure, alcohol can cause possible coma or death, cooked bones can lead to stomach lacerations, onions/ garlic can lead to blood cell damage, walnuts can lead to nervous system and muscle damage, mushrooms can lead to shock or death, caffeine can be toxic to heart and nervous system, too much fatty food can lead to pancreatitis, and medications (Advil, Tylenol, etc) can lead to kidney failure.
Don’t try to prepare your dog’s food by yourself because commercial dog foods are already prepared with the right amount of calories and combinations of minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Don’t mix prepared foods by mixing a high quality dog food with a lower quality one. Often, the high quality premium foods are packed with nutrients that require less food to be fed, which makes them a good buy.
Don’t feed your dog from plastic bowls or containers. It is recommended that you use ceramic bowls or stainless steel bowls since plastic bowls are too easy to chew, especially for young puppies. Plastic bowls can also retain odor and have bacteria, which can lead to allergic reactions or even your dog’s rejection to their food. Don’t over supplement or over treat you dog because it will lead to unhealthy excess pounds to your dog.