Here you can find out what makes a balanced diet for dogs and how to switch your dog onto a new food. Learn how dogs' dietary needs change over time and how to deal with a fussy eater.
Why table scraps aren’t the best diet for your puppy
Your puppy’s sense of smell is a thousand times more sensitive than yours. So it’s no wonder that they’re so interested in your Sunday roast. They’ll definitely want to give it a try (and you probably can’t stop them from pouncing on the odd spill). But getting them used to table scraps isn’t a good idea.
Some ingredients can be harmful
Sugar is bad for dogs’ teeth, spices will irritate your puppy’s digestive system, and too much fat or milk protein can cause diarrhoea.
Your puppy could become a fussy eater
If your puppy gets the idea that table food is better, you’ll have trouble getting them to eat their regular food when table scraps aren’t on offer.
Your puppy could start begging for food from strangers
In the park, your puppy will discover that begging from picnickers is a great way to get attention. But depending on what they’re given, you could be in for an upset tummy on the way home. And when they’re bigger, their unwanted attention could be annoying or frightening to children.
An unbalanced diet can affect your puppy’s growth
If your puppy fills up on scraps and leftovers, they’ll miss out on some of the nutrients needed for their all-important growth. For instance, if he or she gets too much phosphorus, their body will lose vital calcium to compensate, starving their bones. On the other hand, they may just end up eating too much – and becoming overweight.
Love, not table scraps
What your puppy really craves is your affection and attention, and treats aren’t much of a substitute. Put down their food before you eat and they’ll lie happily in their bed while you have your meal. If you’ve already conditioned them to expect scraps, then ignore them while you eat and give them loads of attention afterwards instead. They’ll grow up better socialised, healthier and happier.
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