In an effort to improve their health and reduce the number of apples in their home, many owners of American Staffordshire terriers and German shepherds will soon be able to have their dog eat apples.
A new rule is set to take effect next month that allows owners of Staffordshire and German Shepherd dogs to have the treats, which can be eaten by hand or with a fork, in their dogs’ food bowls.
The dogs will be able chew on the apples in small bites and can be left alone at home to enjoy them without having to eat the treats.
The new rule applies to dogs from the age of two months and to puppies up to five weeks old.
The first dogs to be eligible will have to have been tested for syphilis and be vaccinated.
The rule will not apply to dogs that have been in their owners’ care for two years or longer.
The rule has been approved by the National Association of Dog Trainers and is expected to be finalized later this month.
The association says that while the rule is meant to help the dogs’ health, it is not intended to treat syphilis.
The dogs must have the same number of bites and be able open their food bowls to eat it.
The new rule also does not apply if a dog has been vaccinated against the disease.
In an interview with CNN, a spokeswoman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which has been working on the rule, said it was important for dogs to eat foods with the natural flavors and natural sugars they have been given.
The food must also be clean, free of pesticides, and contain fresh ingredients, she said.
“We believe it’s a very important component of healthy behavior,” said the ASPCA spokeswoman, Stephanie Riedel.
“But the rules have to be appropriate to the circumstances of each dog.
The more apples you have, the better.”
A dog will be eligible for the rule if he or she has been at least two years old and meets other criteria, such as having had at least one bite on the first bite and no more than three bites on the last bite, she added.
Owners of dogs that are two years and older will not be able buy or possess the treats until after that date.
Owners will have 60 days to opt out of the rule.
If you have a question about the rule about apples, call the ASPA hotline at 1-877-939-4949.