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Part of dog training is educating you about feeding. Dog trainers know that you love your dogs so much that you are willing to share your food with them. But, if you truly love your dog you’ll be extra careful what treats to give them. Do you know that some of the foods we normally digest without problem can cause severe health problems in dogs? Yes, you read that right. It’s important to be familiar with foods that are dangerous for your dogs so that the next time they give you those adorable puppy dog eyes begging for food you can decide if you should give in or not. The following is a list of foods that are considered safe for dogs and foods that will send them straight to the dog clinic (God forbid).

#1 Almonds

You’re munching on raw almonds while watching your favorite reruns while your dog barges in, wags its tail excitedly, and makes that weird sound that only means one thing – it wants to have some of what you’re eating. Should you give them the almonds? Well, dogs aren’t supposed to be snacking on almonds. Although they are not toxic unlike macadamia, almonds are large enough to block your dog’s esophagus or tear their windpipe if they fail to chew the nuts properly. The salted version is more dangerous because sodium retains water and this can cause heart disease in dogs.

#2 Bread

Can dogs eat bread? The good news is they can. Bread is generally safe for dogs to eat but sad to say bread does not offer any health benefits. In other words, it contains zero nutritional value. It’s just loaded with calories and carbohydrates. If you are going to feed your dog with the bread we recommend you go for homemade bread instead of store-bought bread as these pieces of bread contain preservatives.

#3 Chocolate

Are dogs allowed to each chocolate? Sadly, no, they aren’t. It’s not a myth so don’t you dare feed your dog chocolate. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, a stimulant that halts your dog’s metabolic process. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is for your dog. Even if it’s just one bite, it will lead to vomiting and diarrhea. All the more if your dog eats the entire bar. Consuming large amounts of chocolate can lead to seizures, arrhythmias, and death. If you have sweet tooth we suggest you keep your chocolates in a safe place away from your dog. If your dog accidentally ingests chocolate call your veterinarian ASAP.

#4 Cinnamon

No, dogs shouldn’t be eating foods that contain cinnamon. Albeit cinnamon isn’t considered toxic, it would be best if your dog avoids it because cinnamon contains oils that can irritate your dog’s mouth and make it sick. Cinnamon is also known to lower blood sugar levels and this can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, decreased heart rate, and worst cases, liver disease. When inhaled in powder form, cinnamon can lead to choking, coughing, and difficulty breathing.

#5 Garlic

Garlic is a big no-no. It’s similar to chives, leeks, and onions as it belongs to the Allium family. However, garlic is more toxic compared to those mentioned. Garlic is powerful enough to cause anemia. Some of the side effects of garlic include elevated heart rate, body weakness, and collapse. The symptoms usually manifest late. If you suspect that your dog had ingested onions or garlic, monitor your dog for a couple of days and look out for symptoms.


Many of you can’t say not to your dogs but if you care for your dogs, you’ll know when to say no. When it comes to food, dogs’ digestive tracts are different from ours and the effects food has on us are not the same as with dogs so you have to be extra careful when feeding your dog. If you are unsure, you may call your dog trainer or your dog’s veterinarian to ask for advice.

Nick White is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training. He has over 80 dog training franchise locations throughout the United States. He currently hosts the A&E show, America's Top Dog.