Q & A: Raw Eggs & The Defiant Dog
Question: Raw Eggs For Dogs
“I have been wondering if it were healthy to give my dog raw eggs mixed in his food. Somewhere I read that this was a great way to supplement his diet with extra protein, but recently I have read more reports online that dogs cannot actually digest the white part of a raw egg.”
“My question is, what if you give a dog a partially cooked egg? Since you have actually started the digestion process by cooking, can they complete this process? I own two dogs, an Irish Setter and a Brittany Spaniel, they both love fried eggs with slice of crisp bacon. Will this harm them in any way?”
First of all let me tell you that you are to be commended on your high level of care and attention to your dogs’ diets. Second, it is still not advisable to give your dogs partially cooked eggs. Raw beef is another story, but raw eggs, whether partially cooked or not, may cause problems with diarrhea and possibly give your dog salmonella.
Question: Defiant Dog
“I have a Beagle named Boots. Boots has a mind of her own. She knows that she is not supposed to get on the couch, or even leave the kitchen, but she does anyway. She is one year old, and is quite stubborn. How can I teach her to stay in the kitchen?”
“When Boots leaves the kitchen we yell at her, and when she is on the couch, and somebody sees her there, she rolls over on her back. When my father saw Boots on the couch, my father smacked her and she ran into the kitchen.”
Unfortunately, the way you are handling the situation is not the best choice. For starters, I personally feel that any family that truly wants a dog should allow the dog to be a member of the family. This includes allowing her to share the home – all of it – including the living room.
Keeping the dog off the furniture would be no problem simply by changing the tone of the voice. A sharp and firm “NO!” each time the dog attempted to jump on the sofa, followed by a rewarding pat on the head and a “good dog” will get the point across provided you are consistent.
Striking the dog has caused a behavior change – of course. But not the behavior change you wanted. Now the dog fears father, and rolls on her back in total and complete submission. Striking a dog for such misdemeanors simply creates more problems than it solves.
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