Vegetable and fruit treats

Your Dog Needs Fruits & Veggies Too Try These Vegetable & Fruit Treats

Whenever your GS behaves well, you offer it a delicious treat. However, there is a lot to think about before giving too many treats to your dog. Many people like to give treats to their dogs to reward them for good behavior.

This reward system usually peaks during a German Shepherd’s training as a puppy.
German Shepherd Owners Guide
German Shepherd Owners Guide


Is Every Treat Healthy for a GS?

The market and stores are packed with amazing dog food and treats. However, feeding your GS treats that say high-quality doesn’t necessarily mean that it is going to be healthy.

There are certain foods and chemicals added in dog treats that could make your dog fall ill.

Fruits for GSD

So, how do you decide whether a treat is good for your GS or not?

Vegetables and Fruits for Your German Shepherd

German Shepherds are carnivores and have trouble digesting most of the fruits and vegetables.

However, there are certain fruits and veggies that a GS could eat as treats. During the training process of GS, the owner needs to feed it yummy treats so that it learns quickly. It is not always feasible to buy pre-made treats from the store; that’s why every GS owner needs a quick and easy treat fix for their dog that is healthy as well.

The fruits and vegetables that could be fed to a GS as a treat are given below.

  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Apricot
  • Pear
  • Orange (limited quantity)
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Mango
  • Cantaloupe
  • Asparagus
  • Celery (limited quantity)
  • Cauliflower (limited quantity)

GSD Eating Apple

  • Carrots
  • Cabbage (limited quantity)
  • Pumpkin
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach (limited quantity)
  • Sweet potato
  • Broccoli (limited quantity)
  • Cucumber
  • Kale (limited quantity)
  • Mustard greens (limited quantity)
  • Dandelion greens (limited quantity)
  • Cilantro (limited quantity)
  • Parsley (limited quantity)
  • Bell peppers

Make sure that you feed fruit and vegetable treats in a limited quantity. Moreover, these vegetables mentioned above should be cooked before feeding it the dog.

Other treats that you can feed your GS include:

  • Baked chicken pieces
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Bones

Fruit and Vegetables to Avoid

The list of fruits and vegetables that your GS can eat are very limited. There are many fruits and veggies that can be harmful to your dog and can cause various illnesses. Below is a list of fruits and vegetables that your GS cannot eat.

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Avocado
  • Swiss chard
  • Regular potatoes
  • Chives
  • Tomatoes
  • Pear pits
  • Kernels of plums
  • Apple core pits

GSD eating treats

Why Should You Offer Treats to Your GS?

Giving a treat to your GS means giving it a reward.

This reward is usually given in a form of fruits and vegetables that are healthy for a dog. When you offer treats to your dog when it displays good behavior, you are actually appreciating it for its actions. Treats are offered mostly during the training period of a GS when you need to motivate it to perform well and learn tricks.

However, if you do not offer treats to your GS, it will be disappointed and will not have the urge to learn something from you. That’s why every GS owner should consider giving healthy and fresh treats to its dog.

Alternative for Treats

It is not necessary that you offer treats every time your GS behaves or follows your commands. You can give a pat on its back or cuddle with it. German Shepherds are very affectionate and would appreciate a physical reward like a hug, etc. too. Giving your dog a treat too often can make it unhealthy, lethargic, and fat. Below are some tips to help GS owners with alternate methods of rewarding their dogs.

  • If your dog loves getting a scratch on its tummy, back, and under the neck, replace the treat with it.
  • If your dog loves to cuddle and snuggle, leave the treat.
  • If your dog loves to play fetch, then play with it instead of offering a food treat.
  • If your dog loves to play with toys, offer that.

Treat is not food, but it can be anything that is rewarding for your dog or makes it excited.

The chemicals present in fruits and vegetables are not always healthy for a GS. Foods like onion and garlic can cause hemolytic anemia in which the red blood cells start to burst. Fatal illnesses and conditions like these can cost you your dog’s life. Other problems associated with fruit and vegetable treats include gastrointestinal infections, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, and much more.

If you need to discuss treat options for your GS, feel free to leave a comment. You can also sign-up for our newsletter and stay updated on GS diet plan and much more.

Last Updated on October 4, 2016 by

10 thoughts on “Your Dog Needs Fruits & Veggies Too Try These Vegetable & Fruit Treats”

  1. I recently adopted a G.s girl pure bred and want her to be a good training protecting responsive companion and family friendly what are the or is the best way to train and feed her? Zena is her name.

  2. My king sheferd dog hair become dirty and unshinny ,and she is very weak ,she is 3 month old ,i want it to healthy and shiny coat.pls advice me

    1. We give our GSD a tablespoon of coconut oil per day, it helps with shiny coat/dry skin, also good for stomach, bad breath, digestion, on and on..

      1. Hi Beth, you said that you gave your GSD a tablespoon of coconut oil per day. Do you place it over his/her food?
        Jo Ann Tereyla

    2. if your GS is 3 months old then you can give dry bath to them on daily basis and give bath to them on twice in a month means on every 15 days you cab give bath to your GS

    3. Best food to feed your GS is hills science plan dry as its good for teeth ,bones and coat. and a web site called Bibita where it’s a lot cheaper than you pet stores .

  3. My one month old German shephered female name Sandy we all are pure vegitatrian what home pure veg diet shoud be given to her in daily feed.

  4. Find her a new freaking home idiot, your dog is a carnivore, if you dont want to eat meat then dont eat it but your dog needs it, you are fucking starving your dog

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