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hi everyone i had a couple questions for you knowledgeable dog owners. my dog is good with the cage at 5 months and he doesn't whine when hes in there so what we have kind of routinely done is whenever we eat we feed him and put him in his cage so he doesn't jump and beg. the reason i bring this up is im not sure if he doesn't feel like part of the family while we eat. I am not sure if its ok to do this or not. another question i have is can i give him some of our food cuz i feel bad he doesnt get to enjoy the food we eat and only gets to eat dog food. everyone i know gives theyre dogs people food and i just want to make sure it wont hurt him. and also we give him 3 cups of science diet large breed puppy food but when he eats he devourers it in like 2 seconds and i feel like he isnt getting enough food but on the bag it says 3 cups. he is a boxer hound mix hes 27 pounds and he is about 5 months am i feeding him enough? any info would be great.
 

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A lot of dogs are chow hounds and would eat a whole bag if you let them! So don't let him talk you into feeding him more. If he is in good shape--not too fat or too skinny--then that's the right amount.

You can give him a few bites of healthy human food (meat, veggies, etc.) but not too much. Put it in his bowl instead of feeding him from the table or he'll learn how to be a real beggar.
 

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thank you very much for the reply i didnt even think of the fact that he looks perfect not to skinny... and the food thing i will deff do.. what about keeping him in the cage while we eat is that ok?
 

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My dog gets fruit when I have it, but just a small bite--not even a whole slice. I'm trying to wean MYSELF off giving her people food, I think she'll be fine without LOL I'm just in the habit so I'm trying to just give her fruit now, and veggies when I have them separate (usually eat TV dinners etc). Sometimes she gets a lick of yogurt too.
 

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im a pretty stern person so i make sure he doesnt have a bite cuz when i got him i told every1 in my family no food. but i feel bad and want him to enjoy some food with us..
 

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Yes, a bite or two of your food generally won't hurt. No chocolate, onions, or grapes. If the dog develops any kind of allergies, stop feeding table scraps until you can figure out what he's allergic to.

Yes, it's fine to leave the dog in the "cage" while you eat. I like to reinforce quiet and calm while in the crate by giving my dog the last bite off my plate while she's still in the crate.
 

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It's fine to put him in his cage with his dinner while you eat! If you want to, you can try training him to "go to your mat (or bed)" when you eat, that would be similar, just having him go to (and stay on) a mat or rug or dog bed. BUT, that takes quite a bit of training in some cases, at least for a bit, because you have to get him to STAY.

As for people food, as the others have said, a tiny bite here or there is ok, but, don't get carried away! :) And, think about when and how you give it to him. For instance, I tend to give one tiny bite every so often, maybe 1 time a week, but it's only at the end of the meal. If I give it to them at the beginning or middle of a meal they tend to get a bit beggy for more. Giving it to the end, when we're done doesn't lead to that.
 

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We only give table bites at the end, and always in his dish and ONLY if he behaves ( no jumping, barking etc), its a work in progress - because that one time you give them something while they beg it will never end.

As doxiemommy said .. train the mat ... our pup is also 5 months and teaching him to go to his bed when tasty food is around has been a challenge, but he gets the message when hes ignored and will go to his bed for treats at the end.
 

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I give kabota scraps at the end as a reward for sitting nicely and not bothering us while we eat. Just a tiny piece of chicken or a green bean. Muggsy I had to put away while we are until he was much older because he could not sit still and leave us alone, not even for chicken.

What you're doing sounds fine to me.
 

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Here is a link I use all the time and there is information on toxic foods and plants. www.peteducation.com

I find this site very useful. I even have copies of the toxic foods on my fridge. :) The info on this site is printable.

Just put "toxic foods" in the search bar. :) Hope this helps you.
 
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