Summer’s here, it’s barbecue season and there’s no bigger mooch around the barbecue than your dog—and how can you resist those begging eyes?

Well, for the sake of your beloved pet, you need to toughen up and keep the leftovers away from prying noses, says Tracey Moore, Manager, Animal Management for Auckland Council.

“Garlic, onions and sausages are key to a successful people barbecue, but potential death traps for dogs.”

Here’s our top 10 human foods you should NOT feed your dog at the barbie:

  • Alcohol of any sort
  • Cooked bones
  • Ham
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sauces
  • Corn Cobs
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Cheese

Tracey Moore also cautions party hosts not to leave the rubbish within reach of mooching dogs.

“Not only will they make a mess, but they could eat cooked bones, corn cobs, plastic food wrap or kebab skewers that have been thrown away,” she says.

“Dogs aren’t people and shouldn’t be fed people-food. They also shouldn’t be encouraged to mooch around people who are eating, but should be fed a normal dog diet at their regular eating time.”