In the last few days we’ve discussed our dogs senses. And we will conclude today discussing our dogs sense of taste. They have the ability to taste food of course but to a lesser degree than us.
A few points about a dogs taste
Our saliva is just a lubricant, unlike a humans saliva. It is 99% water. This is important because as you humans chew your food and it mixes with your saliva to aid in digestion. It is where the process begins for humans. Dogs are known to swallow their food in larger chunks, with no problem.
Many dogs like fruits. For both dogs and humans, to get the most energy out of the fruit it should be eaten at peak ripeness (i.e. spotted Bananas, NOT green or solid yellow bananas!).
Being omnivores and not carnivores dogs have the ability to taste the sugars. Dogs also react to the taste of salt.
Overall it is found that a sweet taste is preferred by most dogs over a bitter taste.
Being a pack animal, dogs tend to hunt and eat in packs and prefer to eat when not alone. This can be a reason for begging at the table.
If a dog is fed a vegetarian or vegan diet they may be willing to try new grains but refuse any meat of any sort. Remember dogs are omnivores and can safely live as vegetarians or vegans!
Ok, now that we covered a little bit about canine tastes, we’ll continue tomorrow with the touch sense!
Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!