I'm of the "no people food" class of dog owner. However, I get the impression that the woman who fostered Rosie before we added her to our family wasn't so careful. She claimed that she only feeds dogs appropriate food but I noticed that she was awfully free with cheese for instance. Also, whenever we have had people over for a barbecue, Rosie (who is very shy around strangers and almost never begs for food) works the crowd like a pro. She has killed puppy dog eyes. I'm pretty sure her foster mom had lots of parties where the guests were "dropping" food all over the place.
So, to my original question, do
you think an occasional piece of hotdog or burger is such a bad thing? My husband and I barbecued tonight and as usual the dogs were hanging closely around the grill...
Cheese is good. I, and lots of other people, use it as training treats. Hot dogs are high in both fat and sodium, but a bite here or there is okay. My dogs also like little bits of raw and/or cooked hamburger meat.
I've used string (mozzarella) cheese, cheddar cheese, colby/jack cheese, and even Swiss cheese on a occasion. Some cheese is saltier than other brands. but if I'm going to hold a treat in my mouth, it's going to be something I'd eat anyway, and I happen to like cheese.
Yes, hot dogs (or any cured meat) have a ton of salt ,and usually lots of fat. You can use bits of hot dog as training treats as long as it's just a little bit. I have friends who cut them into little pieces and then microwave the heck out of them until they are dry and crunchy, and toss a few bits in with kibble, freeze-dried or dehydrated bits, and other assorted goodies, to make a sort of trail mix of training treats. A little hot dog goes a long way when used like that.
As mentioned, leaving a dog loose during a gathering pretty much ensures that they will be vacuuming up any dropped bits and pieces, and/or people are going to slip them a little something whether it's good for them or not.