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The Root of the Behavior
The herbs and spices contained in some other cheese can contain things canines cannot digest and could be poisonous. In the same vein as the digestions issues, it is important to consider your dietary responsibilities to your canine. Cheese can contain a lot of fat and calories, even Mozzarella, which is relatively low in fat content. A canine can intake far fewer calories then a human, so an amount of cheese which would seem irrelevant to us could contain far more calories then a dog should typically take in on top of their regular diet. This on a consistent basis could quickly lead to an overweight dog and eventually lead to concerning medical conditions. All this being said, cheese can be a powerful and effective training tool. Much like dog treats, most dogs simply seem to love it. This affection can be leveraged to entice your dog into proper behaviors and can lead to obedience of your commands.
Encouraging the Behavior
Just try to use the smallest piece of cheese that you still find effective and attempt to compensate with a slight reduction in their typical diet. Cheese as an occasional treat or training tool should not cause them any harm, but the operative word in that sentence is occasional. Giving them a lot of cheese consistently could cause weight gain and constipation just like it could in humans. For this reason it may not be best to use cheese as a training tool. If you find other treats just as effective, you should probably go with them instead. They too have some draw backs, like calorie counts, but will likely not be as harmful.
Other Solutions and Considerations
Whenever possible try to crush up the medication and mix it with some wet food for your canine. In that case, they would have no choice but to take the medication unless they wanted to skip the wet food entirely. Find out what works for you, and if it happens to be cheese, then use cheese. None of this accounts for those canines that are lactose intolerant. However, a canine who is lactose intolerant should not eat any type of cheese for any reason. This can induce stomach pains, vomiting, and other digestion complications. Lactose intolerance is extremely rare in canines and, in fact, roughly one percent of canines have lactose intolerance.