Q. Most people don’t believe in feeding their dogs table scraps, but if I have left over fish skin (non seasoned) or roasted veggies, then I do put these into the dog’s bowl? Is that terrible?
A. Contrary to what we were all taught, table food can be a great way to add variety to a dog’s diet

It is important to remember that there are certain foods which are not appropriate for dogs, i.e. chocolate, macadamia nuts, most seasonings, etc. Be sure that you don’t feed from the table and instead, put them in the dogs bowl and serve them on the floor where your dog normally eats his/her meals.

If you are old enough to remember, until about 40 – 50 years ago, there were no commercial dog’s foods. The dogs ate the scraps of what we didn’t eat at a particular meal, or two. Just make sure you are giving your dog healthy choices, no fried foods, potato chips, etc.


Tina McCain, MDTB/CNWI is the owner MerryMac Dog Training in Woodstock, Georgia. Tina has been successfully training dogs for over 40 years in and around Atlanta including Cobb, Fulton and Cherokee county puppies and dogs. Tina is a Certified Master Dog Educator/Trainer, an NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), an AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. MerryMac Dog Training is located at 2485 Towne Lake Parkway | Suite 108 | Woodstock, Georgia 30189. Phone: 770-579-3865.