The internet is a hive of activity bursting with ideas and conversations relating to your dog's health. There seems to be a recipe for every dog treat or ailment, but one thing might have escaped you.
Did you know that the humble cucumber, a vegetable that enhances our salads on hot summer days, has a ton of nutritional benefit for your dogster? Now, most of us want our fur-babies to be in optimum health and that can often be expensive, so a cucumber is an affordable option to tantalize your doggies taste-buds.
You’ll find cucumbers growing in the garden or at your local grocery store. The question that begs to be answered is “Do dogs like the taste of cucumbers?” Throughout this fun, informative read, we’ll let you in on that little secret and so much more!
Signs Your Dog Can Taste Cucumbers
Getting your dog to enjoy the taste of watery cucumber could well be an entertaining ride. Unless Diva, your dazzling Dalmatian has known the taste of cucumbers since she was a pup, there are bound to be reactions, some amusing and others not so good. Like any food, the cucumber is an acquired taste, so watching Diva try her first mouthwatering bite will be an event to remember.
She may think cucumbers are the best thing since you introduced her to ice cream and show her joy by first sniffing this new treat. Then, if she likes it, Diva might wag her tail, jump up and down or let out a happy bark.
On the other hand, if Diva decides this is not for her discerning taste, she could scrunch up her pretty face and - yikes - spit it out on the floor! Dogs are expressive, so her ears are likely to drop while her soulful, Dalmatian eyes widen in disbelief. She might even dig a hole in the garden and bury it, hoping it will never be found again.
You could disguise the healthy treat by presenting it finely chopped in her normal food or bake some dog cookies and name them “Doggy Cucumber Delight.” If Diva submissively grins, you know she may not like the treat. But if she stares right at you, it’s dead certain she is not amused. Raised hackles could follow, with her panting as a protest; this cucumber is not for her.
One dog’s tasty treat maybe another woofers nightmare.
Being aware of your dog’s unique body language is an easy way to gauge their thoughts. Once you know you’re doggo’s expressions and gestures, connecting will be a breeze!
- Jumping up
- Wag tail
- Ears drop
- Hackles raised
History Shows Why Dogs Can Taste Cucumbers
The history of dogs eating cucumbers may be scattered to the winds, but you might be surprised to know Fido’s forefather - the wolf - eats grass. His cousin the coyote goes bonkers over berries and is known to eat fruit and vegetables along with meat. It’s kind of cute when you think about these wild creatures enjoying the fruits of nature’s bounty.
If we take a moment to look at the Herbivore – Carnivore Continuum (which sounds like something out of a “Back to The Future” film) you see that you’re sweet Shih Tzu has eaten fruit and vegetables for hundreds of years. For all those who shun these non-carnivore concepts, take a peek at this amazing story about Bramble, a beautiful, Blue Merle, Border Collie who lived to be the equivalent of 189 in human years. That’s 27 years by our terms, as every birthday is counted as seven years in ours.
Sounds like a super dog?
Not so! Bramble was a dog like any other, the only difference was a vegan diet, fed to him by his doting mom once a day. This impressive story was recorded by “Care 2” as a reminder that our loyal canine friends are actually omnivores – meaning they can eat meat, fruit and vegetables.
The jury can't decide!
Of course, others believe dogs are strictly meat eaters, based on the shape of a dog’s teeth, which are long, pointed and very sharp - making them great for ripping and tearing into meat. They are equipped with a short gastrointestinal tract, which you would also expect to see in a carnivore. Eating a slice of cucumber may not cancel millions of meat eating years, but dogs being labeled as scavengers gives credence to the omnivore tag.
As historians search hungrily for an ultimate truth, the eating habits of our wonderful woofers are debated with fervor!
A Scientific Look At Dogs Tasting Cucumbers
Natural food sources that grow on trees in the ground or on a vine offer a well of nutrition for you and Charlie, your golden Cocker Spaniel. The question mark hovering over dogs being omnivores or strictly carnivores gets left in the dust when your dog happily takes a bite of cucumber.
If Charlie is carrying a few extra pounds, then switch to low-cal cucumbers for a wholesome treat. He’ll also get a healthy intake of Vitamins A, B1, B6, C and D - along with potassium, magnesium, manganese plus fiber, carbs and protein! This power packed vegetable is also rich in antioxidants known to support a healthy immune system and is good for Charlie’s skin and coat. Cucumber also regulates blood pressure and cholesterol levels - plus it’s great for doggy bad breath. The addition of silica, a natural anti-inflammatory, will relieve symptoms of arthritis in older pups, while blood sugar levels are lowered in diabetic dogs.
Not bad for a green-skinned vegetable you can grow in the backyard!
Nutritionists have long known the value of the cucumber and it appears scientists are getting in on the act. Researchers at Dundee and Oxford Universities believe they may have made a major breakthrough in their quest to cure Alzheimer’s. Since our canine woofers can be afflicted with a form of this debilitating disease, here’s hoping they find the cure so our pet pals can also reap the benefits. It appears this 4000-year-old vegetable is a treasure-trove of golden health. The inspiring scientific event was recorded by the UK “Daily Mail.”
Rover is in fine company as a connoisseur of fruit and vegetables, with pigs, badgers, bears, chipmunks and squirrels joining the omnivore clan.
Train Your Dog To Like The Taste Of Cucumbers
Being low in carbs and super high in nutrition makes the cucumber a top treat for training your dog. If you are out walking the trails, a few slices of cucumber will up your dogster's energy levels and hydrate him at the same time! You see, this versatile vegetable is around 98% water, so it's a great treat on a hot day.
Is it possible to train a dog to taste cucumbers?
It’s entirely true that some dogs can’t get enough of this watery surprise and will keep coming back for more. Meanwhile, Sacha you’re standard Schnauzer has turned her cute nose up in the air – making it positively clear “cucumbers are off the menu.” You’ve heard cucumber can help with her joint pain and are so eager to see if it works. You see, Sacha is a rescue dog and 11 years old, with signs her body is slowing down. Being the caring dog owner you are, Sacha has been tempted in every possible way, but so far she's refused to eat a slice.
It’s fair to say Sacha has never encountered a cucumber in her entire life, so she’s looking a bit perplexed as you try to get her to eat. At this stage, you might need "Plan B", where you hide the unassuming vegetable in her food bowl or disguise it with one of her normal treats. You might have to get creative, as Schnauzers are smart pups who were bred for ratting, so she won’t be easily fooled.
Time to bring in Jamie Oliver! If Sacha loves cookie treats, you can make some with cucumber mixed in. SUCCESS!
If it’s chow time or you’ve’ both just been for a good run, she’ll probably chomp them down without a paw-some thought. Otherwise, take some of her favorite chicken bits plus a few tiny cucumber pieces and put Sacha through her training paces, offering the sneaky treats as rewards.
As she brings back the ball or sits on request, give Sacha the chicken first and next, the cucumbers slice. Chances are she’ll gobble it up, as hanging out with her pet guardian is her favorite time. Keep up this regime until she acquires a taste for that circle of green morsel she now conceives as a yummy treat.
The best way to react to your dog tasting cumbers:
Show your joy by heaping tons of praise on your pooch when they eat cucumber.
Take them for a walk to the park and feed them their new treat while there.
Offer cucumber as a reward.