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Which Thanksgiving Foods Are Safe to Share With Your Dog? @TheCut

By Kelly Conaboy @kellyconaboy

Thanksgiving is a time to relax and reflect, to be with family, and to tell the Dog god how grateful we are for Her wonderful gift. (Dogs.)

It makes sense, then, that we might want to share some of our Thanksgiving spoils with our dogs, even if we do not normally allow them “people” food. (Though I personally allow my dog certain “people” foods fairly regularly, unless you think that is bad, in which case I abstain from taking a stance on the subject.)

But is our whole Thanksgiving plate up for grabs — the turkey, the stuffing, the thing your family makes as part of a cherished but ultimately disgusting tradition — or are there certain foods we should avoid giving them? I reached out to Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer of the American Kennel Club, to see if he could offer us some Thanksgiving guidelines.

Moderation Is Key

“Whatever it is, we have to realize that we have to do it in moderation,” Klein said. Even if you feel like he or she might deserve it, spoiling a dog with food is never a particularly kind thing for a human caretaker to do. “Whenever there’s a change in diet for a dog, they can have a problem with things like vomiting and diarrhea.” Even though some dogs might seem like they can eat anything including literal trash, you can never really predict how a dog is going to react. “So we want to make sure, when we talk about dangers, not to overdo it on even the safe-to-eat foods.”ADVERTISEMENT

Look Out for Insidious Raisins and Grapes

“Under all conditions, and in any amount, we know that raisins and grapes can cause kidney issues in dogs, and this will warrant a trip to the emergency room.” But it’s not just the obvious boxes of raisins (or slightly more pleasant boxes of Raisinettes) that we need to look out for.

“Raisins and grapes can be insidious over the holidays,” Klein said, “popping up in places we might not remember.” That is, various kinds of cookies, trail-mix bars, certain dressings, stuffing, cranberry sauce. Raisins are sneaky little demons, and we have to be on the lookout and vigilant at all times.

No Leeks, Onion, or Garlic

Although they’re not as dangerous as raisins and grapes, onions and garlic can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs — particularly raw onions and garlic. “So we have to be very careful about not allowing our dogs to have anything with onions or garlic, because they can cause problems — as tasty as they are,” Klein said. And it’s true — they are tasty.


“We want to stay away from any cooked poultry bones, turkey or chicken, because they become very brittle after they’re cooked.” Bones, when eaten, can lead to choking and severe internal damage. Klein says to make sure you keep an eye on where you’re disposing your cooked poultry bones, make sure your trash can is covered, and “make sure everyone’s paying attention. Don’t forget about our friendly little Fido the crook.”

Watch Out for Fatty or Spicy Foods

“When we talk about stomach issues, we talk about two things: the obvious gastroenteritis, which is when a dog eats something that doesn’t agree with him and the next thing you know there’s vomit and diarrhea all over the house, and pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the organ called the pancreas.” Some dogs are sensitive to very fatty (or spicy) foods, and this danger tends to pop up in things like ham and gravy around the holidays.

“What you’ll see in certain dogs that have a tendency to have pancreatitis is that they won’t immediately show signs — sometimes for a couple of days — and then they’ll get quite, quite ill and need to be hospitalized.” Pancreatitis can be triggered by a number of factors, Klein said, but if you know your dog has a predisposition for it, you shouldn’t alter their diet too much, and you certainly don’t want to give them anything fatty or spicy.

Keep Your Medication Out of Reach

Dr. Klein also shared a danger that might not immediately come to mind, from his days as an emergency-room veterinarian. “On Thanksgiving and Christmas, friends and family come to visit and they bring suitcases, and purses, and within them they bring Zip-Lock bags of anti-anxiety medications, or sleeping pills, or marijuana. And they don’t always leave them closed.”

He said he’s seen many a sick animal after they ingested an unknown amount of pills that were kept, for travel, in an unsealed and unlabeled Zip-Lock bag. “And they come into the emergency room and we don’t know how many, what, or when.” He recommends keeping all medication out of reach of children and animals, and always labeling your travel Zip-Locks. Even if it’s marijuana? you’re wondering. Yes!

The Safe Options, Finally

Oh my God, can we give our sweet friends anything on Thanksgiving?! Yes! “Turkey itself is quite safe,” Klein said, “especially the white meat, and especially in moderation.” Not the skin, though, which can be full of things like butter, salt, and sometimes garlic powder — don’t give that — “but the white meat is perfectly fine to give.”

Cranberries are safe, too, but we need to be careful when they’re used in a (typically sugar-heavy) sauce or dressing. A little can go a long way, in that case, and again we have to look out for those insidious raisins which can sometimes find themselves in cranberry-sauce incarnations.

Steamed vegetables are fine, too (string beans, asparagus, sweet potatoes), but not vegetables cooked in any sort of cream or butter sauce, or cooked with a lot of sugar and fat. Perhaps steam some vegetables for your dog friend and put them aside? He doesn’t have to know what he isn’t getting.

And While We’re Here

Dr. Klein says he assumes you know dogs can’t eat chocolate, but he’s seen many holiday mishaps occur when chocolate is left out on a dining-room table; so watch out. (Ditto cocktails.) And make sure your dog isn’t too stressed about the party atmosphere. “It’s asking a lot of a dog to understand the workings of a large family gathering. Most of them are fine with it, but we can’t assume that every dog will be.” True. Or every person!

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Ford’s prototype Quiet Kennel uses noise-canceling tech to keep dogs stress-free @DigitalTrends

Ford is venturing into the doghouse market for the first time. The company has plucked noise-canceling technology from its vehicle portfolio to give dogs a quieter place to sleep, especially when fireworks go off.

“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations. Making sure dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system,” said Lyn West, Ford of Europe’s brand content manager, in a statement.

At its core, the noise-canceling technology in Ford’s Quiet Kennel relies on the same hardware and software found in many headphones and a handful of Ford models, including the Edge and the Fusion. It relies on microphones integrated into the kennel to detect the sound of fireworks. The kennel’s built-in sound system emits opposing frequencies to muffle as much of the noise as possible. A generous amount of sound-deadening material and integrated cork — a natural sound absorbant — are incorporated into the design.

Speaking of design, Ford didn’t settle for a basic, house-shaped kennel. Stylists designed an elegant, modern-looking doghouse that resembles a piece of expensive Swedish furniture, not something dog owners pick up from the local pet store. It’s big enough for one dog, though you may be able to squeeze two chihuahuas in it. Either way, your pooch enters the kennel through an automatic glass door, and benefits from a quiet ventilation system.

Ford notes its Quiet Kennel is merely a prototype for the time being, not a preview of a product it will sell to consumers in the near future. The company also points out the doghouse represents its first effort in a series of initiatives called Interventions that aims to leverage automotive knowledge and technology to solve everyday problems. We’re looking forward to seeing the other clever solutions the Blue Oval comes up with.

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Dog Sleep: Where Love And Science Meet @The_Bark

Should we allow dogs to sleep in our beds? By Karen B. London PhD, August 2018, Updated September 2018

Watching dogs sleep —limbs akimbo, eyebrows twitching, paws paddling in a dreamland chase—is one of the joys of living with them. Another is the coziness of sharing our beds with them. Whether for emotional comfort, warmth (you’ve heard the expression “three-dog night,” right?) or because the bed is their go-to spot, many of us sleep with our dogs. Yet, while it makes us happy, we occasionally wonder if it’s something we should actually be doing.

The Sleepers, 2006 by Michael De Brito
The Sleepers, 2006 by Michael De Brito

One concern relates to old-school ideas about dominance. For many years, we were told that allowing our dogs on the bed with us would interfere with our attempts to dominate them, which was supposedly essential to having a well-trained dog. While shame about sleeping with dogs is far less common than it was a decade or two ago, a lot of us still fear being judged on the nighttime canine company we keep. (I’ve always enjoyed telling clients, “My dog sleeps on my bed!” and seeing their relief.)

Whether there is anything wrong with sleeping with their dogs is just one of many questions I regularly field. Thanks to the growing scientific interest in canine sleep, it’s possible to give informed answers. Following are a few things we know about dogs and sleep.

Should You Or Shouldn’t You Allow Dogs To Sleep With You?

Derek & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee
Derek & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee

Dogs love to be near us, and sharing a bed makes most dogs and people feel safe, cozy, loved and warm (until the dog steals the covers!). The extra security of being close to their people also reduces the stress some dogs experience in response to noise, whether it’s simple car sounds or intense thunderstorms. Proximity can also alert us to other problems our dogs may have.

So, sleeping with our dogs is good for the relationship, unless it’s not. By that I mean if sleeping with your dog works for you and you like it, it’s probably a good thing to do. Having a dog as a bed buddy can be marvelous if everyone is happy with the arrangement and everyone is sleeping well, but that’s not always the case. Sadly, a dog on the bed can sometimes lead to two types of relationship problems.

One, people may have very different views on the subject; couples have been known to fight like, well, cats and dogs about it. If you and your partner don’t agree on welcoming a dog to your shared bed, the conflict could harm your relationship. That tension may also affect the relationship between the person who wants a dog-free bed and the dog who senses that he is not welcome.

Two, a dog on the bed may have an impact on the quality of your sleep. A few studies have looked at how having a dog on the bed affects human sleep, with mixed results. A recent study investigated sleep efficiency (the percentage of time spent in bed actually sleeping) with a dog on the bed and with a dog in the room but not on
the bed; the test group was made up of healthy, middle-aged women. The results? “On the bed” had a sleep-efficiency score of 80 percent, while “in the room” clocked in at 83 percent. That’s a small difference, and both figures are considered satisfactory by sleep experts.

In another study, more than 40 percent of people who sleep with their dogs reported that their dog did not disrupt their sleep; some said they even improved it. Warmth, contentment and relaxation were cited as sources of these positive co-sleeping evaluations. In the absence of a partner—either because they were single or their partner was away from home— many people said that having their dog on the bed with them gave them a wonderful sense of companionship. Only 20 percent of participants reported that their dogs disrupted their sleep.

Dogs Need Much More Sleep Than People.

Dana & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee
Dana & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee

According to most veterinarians, dogs need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day. Puppies sleep even more, often upwards of 15 to 18 hours a day. All of that sleep doesn’t come in one long session in dogs of any age; there’s a lot of alternating between high-energy bouts and snoozing. Puppies are especially prone to fast transitions, going from hurricanes of activity to nap time in the blink of an eye.

Though many dogs drift off with ease, some struggle to pass into dreamland. In such cases, a predictable bedtime routine may help. It can be really simple— perhaps a brief trip outside, coming back in and having their collar removed, and finishing up with a brief petting session near the dog’s sleep location.

Sleep Can Affect Dogs’ Learning And Memory.

It’s well known that going to sleep after studying helps people consolidate new information and leads to its storage in long-term memory. In another example of the many parallels between canine and human brains, the same is true for dogs: sleeping is an important part of their learning process.

In a Hungarian study, researchers taught dogs to respond to the cues “sit” and “lie down” in English, which—because they were trained in a different language—were new to them. After their training session, the dogs napped, and researchers found that during these naps, the dogs exhibited the same sleep-wave patterns associated with sleep-dependent memory consolidation in other species.

Specific bursts of brain activity, called sleep spindles, occur during non-REM sleep and are related to learning and memory. Sleepspindle density predicts overnight memory consolidation in people and in rats. According to data from this study, the same is true for dogs. Dogs who had a greater density of sleep spindles following a training session had better recall when tested on their response to the new cues later. Additionally, like female humans, female dogs had more sleep spindles as well as because better retention of the new skills when compared to their male counterparts.

In another Hungarian study, dogs were taught English cues and then engaged in one of four different activities: sleep, walk, Kong play or training in another skill using the lure-and-reward method. After an hour of the assigned activity, the dogs were retested on their English cues. The activity dogs engaged in after training had an effect on their performance. Dogs who slept or went for a walk improved in their performance, but dogs who played with a Kong or had additional training did not. In a follow-up session a week later, post-training activity still influenced performance, but not exactly in the same way as on the day of training. Dogs who slept, played or walked all performed well when given cues in English. Only the dogs who had additional unrelated training failed to improve their response.

Dogs Don’t Sleep As Well At Night If They Have A Bad Experience During The Day.

It’s easy to relate to recent research showing that dogs’ sleep suffers if they have negative experiences during the day—the same thing is true for people. This study compared the sleep of dogs who had a positive experience (being petted or playing an enjoyable game) and those who had a negative experience (being tied to a door and left alone or having a stranger come in and stare at them without saying anything). Dogs who had the negative experiences fell asleep faster, but the quality of their sleep was not as good. They spent less time in deep sleep and more time in REM sleep. If a dog has a bad day, a night of poor sleep is a real possibility, as is the dog’s tiredness and irritability the following day.

Hugo, 2018  by Natalya Zahn

Age And Feeding Frequency Influence A Dog’s Sleep Schedule.

If you have a puppy and are hoping for a magic way to get him or her to sleep longer (and thus get more sleep yourself), I have bad news for you: time is your only friend in that quest. As puppies get older, they start to sleep through the night, but until then, you just have to hope that daytime puppy joy and sweetness gets you through the rough times at night. For adult dogs, the news is better, because their natural nighttime sleep patterns are a closer match to our own.

Middle-aged and older dogs sleep more during the day than young adult dogs, and that’s because they take more naps, not because the naps are longer. They also sleep more at night compared with younger dogs. Younger dogs don’t sleep as late in the morning, and they wake up more frequently during the night.

When researchers compared dogs fed once a day with dogs who received two meals daily, they found that adult dogs of all ages are affected by their feeding schedule. Dogs who were fed twice took fewer daily naps than those fed once, but those naps were longer. Dogs who ate twice a day fell asleep earlier at night, but woke up earlier in the morning, too. The earlier wake-ups more than compensated for the earlier bedtime, meaning that dogs who ate two meals slept less at night overall than dogs who were fed just once.

Whether It’s On Your Bed Or Not, It’s Important To Make Thoughtful Choices About Where Your Dog Sleeps.

Like people, dogs need to feel safe and comfortable in order to sleep well. They generally prefer a soft, cushy surface. If it’s not your bed, they’ll appreciate a rug, dog bed or even a fleece blanket.

Most dogs prefer to be in the same room as their humans, and that is generally my recommendation to clients. In that room, they can be on the bed, on the floor or on a dog bed of their own, depending on what works for you and anyone else sharing your bed.

There are situations in which dogs must sleep in another room because of allergies or because their snoring disrupts sleep, but if there is any way to have them in the same room, that is best for the dog and for your relationship with the dog. On the practical side, sharing a room makes it easier for you to know if your dog needs attention because they’re ill, scared or simply require an additional trip outside.

It’s great that there’s been a surge of interest in canine sleep in recent years. Paying attention to our dog’s sleep can influence our relationship with them, their quality of life and their happiness. Yes, sleep is that important, and there’s so much on the subject that’s worth knowing.

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13 Things Humans Do That Dogs Dislike @iHeartDogscom

We love our pups so much that it hurts to think we could be doing something that our dogs dislike. Or that makes them uncomfortable, sad, or scared. They love us somuch in return that sometimes, they don’t make it obvious when we’re doing something they hate.

Since they can’t tell us, we’ve compiled a list of 13 things that humans do that dogs don’t actually like. But lucky for us, our favorite fuzzballs always find a way to forgive us–because that’s just who they are.

1. No Hugging (If They Feel Restrained)

This is not to say that all dogs dislike hugs. Some affectionate dogs will happily bask in any love that comes their way. For others, wrapping them in your arms may be interpreted as a sign of dominance, or make them feel trapped. Some will tolerate hugs from those they love and trust, but it doesn’t mean they like it. In the end, it really depends on their personality.

Observe his body language: pinned ears, stiff posture, and a tense expression means the dog is not enjoying the embrace. It is also VERY important to teach children not to run up and hug dogs that they don’t know. This lesson could prevent serious injuries!

Bottom line: you know your dog best. If he gets nervous when he feels trapped or is weary about getting hugs from strangers, make sure visitors know!

Dog 1

2. Dogs Dislike Commands With Too Many Words

We all chat with our dogs – and that’s okay! But we form such close bonds with our dogs, sometimes it’s easy to forget that they don’t understand most of what we’re saying! They’re smart creatures, but it’s easy to see why dogs dislike complex commands. For instance, trying to reason with them (“I’ll give you a treat if you’re good!”) is a futile effort. They may pick up on the words “treat” and “good,” then wonder why you haven’t tossed a snack their way!

To eliminate confusion, keep it simple and in the present when giving commands or directives. Use key words he knows (good, treat, walk, play etc.), tone, and body language, and you’ll have a better chance at getting the message across.

confused pug

3. Please, No Yelling

Yes, dogs need limits–but you’ll be more successful by encouraging good behaviors rather than scolding them when they’re bad. We all know dogs dislike loud noises of any kind – vacuum cleaners, thunder, motorcycles. Yelling will make them anxious or scared, or maybe even completely desensitized to it. Most of the time, they won’t even know what you’re saying.

An example of positive reinforcement: when your dog steals your socks, rather than scolding her, instruct her to drop it, then reward her once she does. (Your patience will earn you a better behaved pup in the long run!)

Dog 3

4. When Their Lives Are Lacking Structure

As mentioned above, your dog needs limits. This structure is comforting to them, as animals thrive in a routine, like eating meals, going to the bathroom, and going on walks around the same time each day. You might crave a little spontaneity in your day, and your dog may enjoy the occastional suprise trip to the park, but most dogs dislike not knowing when to expect meals, or when he’ll get to go outside again.

To that, regular exercise is imperative to prevent dogs from acting out. How would you feel if you were housebound all day?

No structure

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14 London Dogs You Should Definitely Be Following On Instagram @secret_LDN

Meet the dogs who are absolutely killing it on social media


If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll notice that it’s about 85% dogs. I’m totally obsessed. Incidentally, this has been my favourite article of all time – mostly because I made fourteen new doggo friends in the process and got invited on a walk with three hundred sausage dogs.

Each and every one of these dogs is worthy of a follow and, needless to say, they’re all doing the Instagram thing significantly better than any of us.

1. Bun the Sausage – @bun_thesausagedog

Bun is a gorgeous little sausage whose human takes the loveliest photos. Expect snaps in various handsome outfits and lots of adorable throwbacks to smol, puppy-sized Bun.


Favourite London walk? Bun loves to walk around the Walthamstow Marshes, through to a park in Clapton, as there’s a lot of space to zoom around. This is usually followed by a lovely walk along the canal.

Favourite dog-friendly spot? A walk by the canal is often paired with a trip to the little cafe next to the rowing club, for hot chocolates and donuts (not for pups, unfortunately). It’s a great place to watch the world go by, especially on a sunny day! Walthamstow is generally pretty great for pups, and there are lots of colourful walls to pose it front of that are perfect for the gram.


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Welcome to Paris – Where dogs are treated like royalty @TheLocalFrance

No capital city in the world seems to treat dogs better than Paris

As anyone who has spent some time in Paris will know, dogs have a special place in Parisian society.  Most striking is the way that dogs accompany their owners to places usually exclusively reserved for humans, such as restaurants, shops and public transport.

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How much do dogs understand when you communicate with them? @BIUK

Business Insider spoke with John Bradshaw, anthrozoologist and author of “The Animals Among Us,” about how much dogs understand when you communicate with them.

Mr Bradshaw said; “Dogs are very responsive to the way that we talk to them and it tricks many owners into thinking they literally understand every word.”

“The science suggests that dogs don’t really understand the words, they understand sounds and so you can train them to do all sorts of things based on things you say.”

Watch the video and read the article here