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How To Get Your Dog To Eat His Veggies and Fruit

How To Get Your Dog To Eat His Veggies and Fruit

While my dogs don’t share my vegetarian lifestyle, there are many fruits and veggies that I feed Sanchez and Gina as treats. But, how do I get them to want their veggies and fruit as much as their dog biscuits? Here are some tricks I use for feeding them fruits and veggies that are good for them.

1. Bananas:

Gina LOVES Bananas

Mash up a banana. Fill a Kong or open sided bone with the mashed banana, add some chopped apple, and fresh blueberries. Freeze for two or more hours and your dog will have something to entertain him while you are gone, while filling his tummy with a healthy treat.

2. Carrots:

Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene for dogs. While many dogs love to just chew on carrots, it’s easier on their digestion if they eat shredded carrots instead of chunks. I have Labs and they think shredded carrots are a treat that they work for. But, if yours won’t eat it directly from your hand, you can take a handful of shredded carrots and sprinkle it on their kibble.

3. Sweet Potatoes:

Most dogs won’t eat raw sweet potatoes. But, it’s very easy to make tasty, chewy dehydrated sweet potato treats for your dog. Just slice a sweet potato into thick slices. Bake at 175 degrees (or the lowest setting on your oven) for eight hours. The yummy smell will have your dog drooling for their treat well before the full eight hours.

Please note that not all fruits and veggies are good for dogs. Please avoid grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Do you feed your dogs fruit and vegetables? Which ones and how do you prepare them? Thanks for sharing your suggestions in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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1:18AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Thank you!

2:20AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Thanks

4:16AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

thanks :) i have some ideas for my beloved pooch :) he needs to expand his diet once more :)

10:30AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Thank you

7:12AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

thanks for the info about apples. my dogs love apples, and we usually share one for breakfast. i have a crab apple tree in my yard and they eat them, too - probably cores and all. i guess i should keep an eye on that.

8:49AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

I have 7 rescue dogs and the ones who were strays seem to love vegetables and fruits. Especially strawberries and apples. I did not know that tomatoes were bad for them. so thank you for this.

3:11AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Our doggies love fruits!!

8:04PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

My Zoe likes cantaloupe and watermelon. She will try anything Im eating as long as its not on the do not feed to dogs list. I will give her leftover veggies from dinner and she eats them.

1:21PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

This comment is for Latoya
Before changing your dogs diet to Vegan - check first with your Vet.

1:06PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Thanks to everyone who sent suggestions. Many I already do - and some I'll try. I make dog cookies frequently. Their favorite contains pumpkin puree & brown rice flour among other ingredients. I have a diabetic dog - so store bought treats are hard to find without some sort of sweetener added.

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