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4 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Thanksgiving

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How To Stop Begging

We know, we know, this is an impossible task; be crafty instead! Keep healthy treats or something especially prepared for your dog on the table and feed him that when he begs. Of course, we know this shouldn’t become a habit, but it’s that time of year when well-meaning guests may slip your pooch delicious morsels. So set up the ground rules beforehand and either have one person in charge of feeding the begging dog, or outfit everyone with a few healthy dog treats and make sure they are the only things to be given to the dog.

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11:32PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Thanks for Sharing.

11:08AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

great and awesome!

11:03AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

great and awesome!

6:49AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

9:10AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Heidi, what exactly do you think dogs ate (remember they were in the wild without human help to eat) before people came along & CREATED dog food? Uh...they ate what humans eat. Meat & vegetables. Now, granted they were not cooked & not with spices but dogs have far stronger stomachs than we have and better immune systems, as well. The crap that is MOST dog food, is not fit for dogs to eat with all the fillers in it. This is why dogs are now beginning to have the same modern diseases as humans, obesity, cancer, diabetes and arthritis, this came with eating a diet of crap dog food they shouldn't be eating. They are better off with bland meat & veggies and that is what my dogs get and they are extremely healthy, they naturally have no fleas & do not have to consume or be doused in chemical ridden flea repellant. I won't put toxins in my body so why would I put them in my dogs?

10:05PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

hahahaha awwww

4:01PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Maybe someone could help me please. Well, my dog had his own Thanksgiving dish, and has been very sick since. I can't afford to take him to the Vet, and need advice. I have bathed him thinking it would help. He has been throwing up since, and diarrhea. Any advice? I make sure he is drinking water putting it sown his throat. I message his stomach, and hold him. It has been 2 and half days, and just hoping it well wear off.

8:55PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

I appreciate each point and think that they are great tips for any kind of festivities in the family though my dogs do not think so! Thanks.

12:49PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

My lil guy had his first taste of turkey, much like explained in your fourth point, and loved it. Thank you - and the commenter - for the reminder that people food is not the best choice for him as a regular treat.

6:26AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thanks.

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