You have a big, important homework assignment due tomorrow, but you’re not stressed. You made good use of your study time at school and completed over half of it. When you got home, you avoided distractions, like television and video games, and worked hard until it was finished.

Then your worst nightmare happened! While you were in the kitchen making a healthy snack, your dog got hungry, too. Instead of eating his dog food, though, he made a sandwich out of your homework! Oh no! What will you do?

You know that “my dog ate my homework” is the oldest excuse in the book. Your teacher will never buy that! Or will she?

As it turns out, dogs really do eat paper from time to time. If you explain this to your teacher — and show her what scraps remain, if any — you just might get an extension to re-do that assignment. Better yet, make use of modern technology and do your homework on the computer, so you can save it and print out a copy whenever you need it!

Remember: honesty is the best policy. If you simply forget to do your homework, don’t lie and blame it on your dog!

Dogs are known to be indiscriminate eaters with healthy appetites. This means that some dogs will eat just about anything if given the chance.

Why? Some scientists believe eating paper and other non-food items may just result from boredom. Most dogs are energetic animals that need plenty of exercise and distractions to keep from becoming bored.

When bored, many dogs will give in to their natural curiosity and explore new things. This exploration can often take the form of scratching, biting, and eating. If you were eating a sandwich while you were doing your homework, stray crumbs or bits of food might even make your homework tempting to a dog that’s bored!

To dogs, paper is just another “thing.” It’s something to chew on. If it happens to be your homework, that’s particularly bad for you. However, it’s probably no different to your dog than chewing on newspaper or a book. To prevent your homework from becoming lunch, be sure to store it in a safe place when you’re finished with it!

It might also help to make sure your dog is well-fed. Stick to food and treats recommended by your veterinarian, though. It can be dangerous to feed your dog human food in the form of table scraps.

Over the years, veterinarians have learned that there are certain foods that can harm dogs. Here are some foods that can be particularly dangerous to dogs:

  • Avocado: Skip the guacamole! Avocados contain persin, which can be toxic to dogs in large amounts.
  • Caffeine: In large quantities, caffeine can be fatal for dogs. So stick to water and skip the coffee, tea, and sodas for your dog. Also avoid chocolate, which contains caffeine and another substance toxic to dogs: theobromine.
  • Onions and Garlic: Dogs who eat onions or garlic regularly or in large quantities can develop a condition called anemia, which results from the destruction of red blood cells.
  • Grapes and Raisins: Veterinarians don’t really know why, but it’s clear that grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Macadamia Nuts: As few as six macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Larger doses can be fatal.

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    • That’s a really WONDERful guess, Vikkie! We’re so excited to visit Wonderopolis tomorrow to see if you are correct…we would like to learn more about how the states got their names! :-)

      • It is true. A dog can eat your homework. Just be sure to follow the tips in the Wonder to keep them from doing it. Thanks for WONDERing with us! :-)

    • This is really funny. I used all of those and I used my friend fell of into the the lake and my homework drowned. :) :) :):) :) :):) :) :):) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :):) :) :):) :):) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  1. We really liked today’s article. We think it is one of the best we’ve read so far. Some students claim that they have used this excuse before! It is interesting to see what foods are not good to feed dogs because several of us have dogs of our own. Good tips!
    Thanks for the article!

    • Thanks so much for leaving us this GREAT comment today, Mrs. Newland’s Class! We’re glad you explored today’s Wonder together and learned some new facts! We think you guys are AWESOME Wonder Friends! :-)

  2. That video was hilarious. How did you find that video? I think tomorrow’s WONDER OF THE DAY is about the 50 states and capitals.

    • Hi there, Jesse! Thanks for letting us know you liked the video for today’s Wonder! We search high and low for the best videos to accompany each day’s Wonder, and we’re sure glad you thought we did a good job with today’s! We think your guess about tomorrow’s Wonder is a really good one…we’ll all have to visit Wonderopolis again tomorrow to see if you’re right! :-)

      • I think this article was very interesting and it had a lot of humor in it. I wonder if cats have a strange behavior like this as well.

        • Great question, Daniel! We think cats are more likely to lay on your homework than eat it, but some may. ;-) Thanks for WONDERing with us! :-)

  3. One time, I had a really big paper due the next day and my dog put it in the toilet. No I am just kidding! My dog would never do that to me. Except one time, I found him sitting by my sister’s homework. I thought he was going to eat it. It was so funny. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    • Thanks for making us laugh today, Cassidy! We appreciate you sharing your personal experience with today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

  4. WOW!!!! This wonder of the day is interesting! I think that saying is sort of funny until now, because your teacher would never believe that saying!!!! SO INTERESTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Happy Monday, Hannah! Thank you for letting us know you thought today’s Wonder was interesting! We appreciate your comment! :-)

    • Hello, Darian! That’s a really good guess! We think all of our Wonder Friends (like you!) who are guessing the next Wonder will be about states will be excited to explore Wonderopolis tomorrow! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing your personal connection to today’s Wonder, Autumn! We’re glad you were able to prove that your puppy ate your homework! You will always have a funny story to tell about that! :-)

  5. Here’s an excuse for losing your homework: My cat thought it was a mouse, so she chewed it up! Here’s another one: My sister’s turtle has sharp claws, and she brought both of the turtles out. I dropped my homework and the turtle was too fast for me, and that was the end of my homework. I think tomorrow’s wonder is about the originality of the U.S.A.! :) :) :) :) :)

    • Those are both VERY creative excuses for not having your homework, Missy! Thank you for sharing them with your friends in Wonderopolis today! Thanks for taking a guess about tomorrow’s Wonder, too! :-)

  6. Thanks for today’s Wonder!

    Our class came up with a few excuses of our own:

    1. Last night was a full moon and I turned into a dog. I shredded it up and transformed back to myself. I woke up this morning with a dry mouth and the ripped up paper beside me. :)

    2. This morning I went to feed my cat and noticed that there was no food. I looked around but found nothing to feed her. The only thing I had was my science report on fish, so I fed it to her.

    • WOW! We sure do like those excuses your class came up with, Mr. K! They are really, really creative! Thank you for sharing them with us today! :-)

  7. Dear Wonderopolis,

    I really liked today’s wonder! I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about how the states got their names. I wonder about how that excuse formed. Do you know?


    • Hello, Hannah! We’re not sure about the first time that excuse was used, but we think it was creative, and we hope the person who first said it was really telling the TRUTH! :-)

    • We think you should give your dogs an extra hug and play with them for a little longer than normal today because they leave your homework alone, Caroline! They sound like pretty awesome pets to us! :-)

    • Hi, Johnathan! We’d say you’ve got a really WONDERful dog if he or she does not eat your homework! Thanks for sharing your comment with us today! :-)

    • We think some dogs might eat homework because they think the paper the homework is written on is just another toy to play with, Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing your view on dogs eating homework! :-)

    • We bet there are a LOT of dogs out there that think homework is more fun to play with than a squeaky toy or a ball, Josh! :-)

  8. When I was finished with my homework, I left it on the table and my dog, Noah, jumped up and grabbed it and start chewing it. Then I went over there and told him to stop.

    • We really appreciate you sharing your personal connection to today’s Wonder of the Day®, Lanyja! We hope your dog doesn’t try to eat your homework again! :-)

    • That’s a clever one, Ingrid! We sure hope that doesn’t really happen, but we’re glad you shared your creativity with us today…THANKS! :-)

    • It’s interesting to learn that, isn’t it, Charlie? We thought it was also interesting to learn all the things that can make dogs super sick if they eat them. We are going to be EXTRA careful now about what we feed our pets in Wonderopolis! :-)

  9. It was funny when the girl said “that’s my math homework.” The dog was cute when he growled at the woman. When the dog did that he probably said that’s my homework to chew. If that dog was mine, he would take it in the toilet.
    Once my dad needed paper, but it was my paper, and he burned it!!

    • Thanks for hanging out in Wonderopolis today and for sharing your personal connection to this Wonder, Mason! We think you ROCK! :-)

  10. One time my dog growled and I dropped my homework in the toilet. Another time my mom got mad and threw my homework away in the binder. Also, my friend started a fire and threw my homework in it. Lastly, I got scared and drowned my homework.

    • It sounds like homework is tough to keep a hold of in your house, Lucas! We appreciate you sharing your comment with us today…THANK YOU! :-)

  11. I didn’t know that dogs can eat your homework. It was funny how the girl said, “that’s my homework” and she laughed in the background. It was funny how the dog ripped it in half. One time, my sister got a hold of it and ran with my reading and math all over it.

    • Thanks for letting us know what you liked best about the video for today’s Wonder, Carly! Also, thanks for sharing your story about your sister and your homework! :-)

  12. Yes, dogs do really eat home work. Simon, a random boy in school said his dog ate his homework at his house. He also said that his dog probably learned what eight times seven is.

    I love this website.

    • Hello, Alexia! We’re guessing Simon’s dog ate his MATH homework? We think it was funny that Simon thought his dog wanted to learn multiplication! Thanks for making us smile this afternoon! You are a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  13. I HAVE A dog, her name is Coco. She eats food, chips, toys. She bit my clothes. She got on the table and pulled down my sandwich.

    • It sounds like Coco is very adventurous, Jeron! We bet she is very lovable, though, and we bet she loves you a whole bunch! :-)


    • WOW, Tommy! That’s a LOT of homework eating! Thank you for sharing about your dog today…we hope he or she finds something else to play with besides the homework you spent so much time working on! :-)

  15. Hi Wonderopolis! I have a dog, but I’m never going to blame it for eating my homework. I never knew dogs would eat almost anything. Why would dogs eat homework?

    • Hi there, Justin and Drew! Thanks for leaving us this comment today! We think dogs eat homework (and other things they shouldn’t eat) because they think it’s something fun to play with. They might also think it’s fun when their owners chase them around saying, “Please give me that back! That’s my homework!” They think it is a game! :-)

  16. Yes, some dogs eat homework but my dog never ate my homework, because I put my homework in a safe place. So, do you have a dog that ate your homework?

    • Thanks for leaving us the GREAT comment, Ashlyn! No, we don’t have a dog that ate our homework, but as you can see by reading the comments on today’s Wonder, a few of our other Wonder Friends do! :-)

  17. I have a dog but it doesn’t live in the house, so I don’t know how it could eat my homework. But I wouldn’t blame her if she did. I think that today’s wonder was cool. I hope she does not eat my homework!

    • We hope that too, Avery! We know our Wonder Friends (like you) work really hard on their homework, so we hope it all makes it back to school and gets checked off as completed! Thank you for sharing your comment today! :-)

  18. Dear Wonderopolis,
    Cool wonder! Dogs might eat your homework, but not normally. People used to say that as an excuse when they didn’t do their homework. I think tomorrow’s wonder is about bugs.
    Paige ;)

    • Thanks for always adding something awesome to each Wonder with your WONDERful comments, Paige! We appreciate you, Wonder Friend! :-)

    • We’re super sorry you can’t see any videos for the Wonders of the Day, CR1 Student! If you’re trying to view the Wonders at school, we want to let you know that some schools/school districts put “blocks” on certain videos that come from places like YouTube or Vimeo. The blocks protect students from accidentally seeing unsafe things by making sure the videos don’t show up on school computers. Because we use videos from these places in our Wonders of the Day®, you might not be able to see them when you’re at school (even though the videos we post on Wonderopolis are safe). You might want to check with your teacher to see if he/she can do something about getting the blocks removed. Thank you for visiting Wonderopolis today! :-)

  19. One of my dogs is a rescue dog (we rescued her from the pound) and she came with a HUGE kidney problem and we don’t even know why. When I read the part about how grapes and raisins can cause kidney problems, it gave me an idea that our dog must have eaten some grapes or raisins at some point in her life.

    • We’re super sorry your dog had kidney problems, Maya. We’re proud of you for learning something from this Wonder that might help you and your parents determine what could have caused your dog’s health issues. Thanks so much for visiting Wonderopolis today! :-)

  20. I have forgotten my homework before. It was sad, but my mom brought it to me. I was lucky because it was a Friday and it was due. Let’s hope it never happens again. Maybe one time I won’t ever leave it again. But, like Paige said, people use it for an excuse to not do their homework. I also think tomorrow’s wonder will be about bugs. Have a wonderful day.

    • Thanks so much for visiting this Wonder and for wishing us a WONDERful day, Brooklyn! We think your mom is awesome for bringing you your homework when you forgot it on a Friday! She sounds like a GREAT mom! :-)

    • Thanks so much for visiting this Wonder of the Day®, Abigail! We’re glad you liked it and that you learned something new! :-)

    • We think the dog in the video ate the girl’s homework because of two reasons, Blake! The first reason is that it is a puppy, and puppies LOVE to chew things…even important things! The second reason is maybe the puppy thought the homework was just another toy to play with! :-)

    • We’re really happy to hear that, Eric! Thanks so much for visiting Wonderopolis at home, too! We think it’s neat that your friend might have made the video for this Wonder of the Day®! :-)


    I think I should use the excuse for my dog ate my homework for math tomorrow (i forgot it). :)

    • Hi, Wonder Friend I-L-P! Let us know if your teacher believed you about your dog eating your homework! We hope you remember to bring all your homework home and back to school next time! Have a WONDERful day! :-)

  22. We LOVED this HILARIOUS video!!!!!!!
    Can you teach us how to make that smiley face? Miriam feels left out because everyone puts a smiley face on Wonderopolis.


    P.S. even though our mom hasn’t seen that FUNNY video!!!!!!!!!

    • Happy Wednesday, Miriam, Ruthie and Jami! Thanks so much for leaving us this enthusiastic comment and for letting us know you liked the video for this Wonder of the Day®!

      To make the smiley face, you type a colon and an ending parenthesis. : + ) = :)

      You can also make a “winking” smiley face by typing a semicolon and an ending parenthesis. ; + ) = ;)

      How about a smiley face with sunglasses? Just type the number eight and an ending parenthesis. 8 + ) = 8)

    • Thanks for letting us know you liked today’s Wonder and the video for it, too, Chloe! We know from experience how badly hitting your “funny bone” can hurt…it’s not very funny when it first happens!

    • That’s a clever excuse, Jordan! We hope your neighbor’s cat doesn’t really do that to your homework! That would be a less-than-PURRRRfect situation! :-)

  23. I have a dog that is inside. He does chew on paper. I hope he does not eat my homework. I liked the video, too. I don’t know why dogs eat homework. I hope he doesn’t eat my homework tonight. Oops, I forgot to say hi. Bye wonderopolis. See you tomorrow. P.S I wonder what tomorrow’s wonder is.

    • Hello, Kimberly! Thanks so much for this GREAT comment! We hope your dog doesn’t eat your homework tonight, either! Thanks for WONDERing what tomorrow’s Wonder might be about. We WONDER that every day, too! :-)

  24. My funny homework excuse is that my mom thought it was white cheese and used it in my dinner. Because it was on the kitchen counter.

    • We like that creative excuse, Hannah! So, what you would actually be telling your teacher is that YOU ate YOUR OWN homework! Thanks for making us smile today…you’re a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  25. Hey, Audrey here. I just wanted to tell you that I am going to try that with my dog, Tyson…………………………………..I wonder if it will work?

    • Hi, Audrey! We don’t think it would be a good idea to teach your dog to eat your homework…he might think other important papers (like certificates or money) are homework and eat them, too! YIKES! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing a story about what happened to your homework, Clayton! We hope your teacher still accepted it when you tried to turn it in! :-)

    • Thanks for letting us know what you thought about the video for this Wonder of the Day®, Marion! We appreciate your comment! :-)

  26. OMG!!!! CUTEST VIDEO EVER!!!! I love puppies!!
    I have a dog, and her name is Pugsly! She is (obviously) a pug!! She is sooooo adorable.

    • Thanks for sharing about Pugsly, Jessie! She is a really lucky dog to have such an AWESOME owner like you who loves and cares for her so very much! :-)

    • Hi, CR1 Eric! You have to put the colon symbol “:” right beside the end parenthesis symbol “)” to make a smiley face. So, : PLUS ) EQUALS :)! :-)

    • Thanks so much for sharing your personal connection to this Wonder of the Day®, Britney! We’re sorry your dog ate your homework before…we hope he/she doesn’t do it anymore! :-)

    • That’s a GREAT question, Britney! We’re not sure how paper would digest inside a dog (or even a human)! That is something we will BOTH have to do a bit more WONDERing about! :-)

  27. Dear Wonderopolis, I really like this wonder. I always wanted to know if dogs eat homework!

    • That sounds like a really good idea, Andrew! Thank you for telling us that you liked this Wonder and that you learned a few new facts about something you’ve always WONDERed! Have a WONDERful day! :-)

    • Happy Monday, Annie! Thanks so much for visiting this Wonder of the Day® and for letting us know you thought it was COOL! :-)

  28. I always thought that was like the oldest trick in the book. I wish I could use that excuse, but to my unfortune, I DO NOT OWN A DOG. :-(

    • We’re glad to see you are exploring different Wonders in Wonderopolis today, Team Wilch 5! We bet your teachers will appreciate you NOT using the “my dog ate my homework” excuse! :-)

  29. 8) I love this and I have never ever been on this website ever before in my life and it is the best website ever in the world. :) :( ;) 8) :D :P

  30. Hi there, Kaya and Jesse! We’re glad you guys visited Wonderopolis together and learned some new things today! Thanks for being GREAT Wonder Friends! :-)

    • Thanks for visiting Wonderopolis today and sharing about your dog, Star! We’d say it might be a good idea to keep him or her away from your homework! :-)

    • We hope her teacher believes her, too, Team McNeil 22! That dog was so cute…it must REALLY like homework a LOT! :-)

  31. Hello! Today, I was on Wonderopolis and searched ‘dogs’. This topic came up and I was very interested! I learned a lot of new things from this article. I learned that guacamole and avocado are bad for dogs to eat. I also learned that dogs may eat things out of boredom. I already knew that dogs eating homework is an old excuse! What happens if a dog eats a lot of avocados or guacamole?


    • We think it’s SUPER cool that you searched for a topic you were interested in to see what Wonders would pop up, Team Unger 10! Way to go! Dogs who ingest avocados can become very, very sick because of the toxin, “persin,” that is found in the avocados. Thanks so much for WONDERing even MORE about this Wonder after you explored it! :-)

  32. Dear, Wonderopolis I know a lot about but this surprised me. Here’s what I learned, vocabulary: indiscriminate. Facts: avocado, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts. I would like to know why grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs. Also I now know that because of boredom not just there being food on paper can cause dogs to eat paper and also to not feed table scraps (man gotta break that habit).

    Team McNeil #4

    • We’re SO GLAD to hear the new information and word you learned by exploring this Wonder, Team McNeil #4! We think there are toxins that dogs react to inside grapes. Since raisins are dried grapes, it makes sense that they would be harmful to dogs, also. Good luck trying to change the habit of feeding your dog table scraps! We know from experience that it is a tough habit to break! :-)

  33. Puppies are so cute, but are also cute assassins (da da daaaaa!). They sit on a couch looking so cute and when nobody’s looking, chomp, “NO MY HOMEWORK! BAD DOG!” The new movie, The Homework Assassin! Some more excuses are …

    I went for a walk and it got lost!

    A bear borrowed it but never gave it back!

    My cousin had the same exact homework so he took mine instead!

    • Those are really creative excuses, Team McNeil 22! We hope none of our smart, amazing, clever Wonder Friends ever have to use any of them, though! We hope everyone’s homework gets done and handed in on time! That would be WONDERful, wouldn’t it? Thanks so much for sharing your comment with everyone in Wonderopolis today! :-)

  34. Is there something that causes them to eat the homework, like the taste of the paper or any other thing?

    • We’re not sure, Mackenzie! We think maybe they see it as something their owners were playing with (or working on), so maybe they think it’s a toy and they want to play with it, too? We’re sure there are other reasons why dogs eat homework, so it’s fun to WONDER about that! :-)

    • You’ve got THAT right, Moa! We thought it was cute to see the little puppy try to play tug of war and tear up the girl’s homework. We hope she didn’t have to do her homework again because her dog tried to eat it! :-)

    • YIKES! We don’t think that’s a very healthy habit for your dog OR your grades, Eipco! Thank you for sharing your comment with us today…we appreciate it! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing your personal connection to this Wonder, Noel! We think teachers might hear “the dog ate my homework” a lot! :-)

  35. My friend has 6 to 7 dogs and his two biggest dogs ate his science homework which was in his backpack so his dogs put a hole in his backpack and then got the homework out and ate it and then he brought his homework and the teacher said “these don’t look like teeth marks” but he got to redo it.

    • Hi there Tanner, thanks for sharing your story with us! We are glad your friend was able to turn in another copy of his homework– his dogs must have been very hungry! We hope you have a SUPER day! :)

    • We don’t think homework would taste very good, that’s for sure, Brad! We know that some dogs, especially our four-legged friends here at Wonderopolis, sometimes eat things that don’t taste the best. This includes furniture… homework… and even old sneakers! We know that dogs are great, but we have to keep important things, like homework and shoes, far away from them! :)

    • We think that’s an excellent word to describe the dog in the Wonder video, Patrick! That is one energetic dog! We Wonder if homework tastes good to dogs, or if they would prefer to eat some dog food instead?

      Thanks for sharing your comment with us today! :)

    • Hey there, Girls 4 ever! We are glad you’re WONDERing with us today! We know that things happen from time to time, but excuses are not as WONDERful as the truth. We Wonder if you have ever had your dog eat your homework? YIKES! Thanks for sharing your comment today! :)

  36. I am trying to do my homework that is about an excuse about a dog ate my homework and I hope I can find some ideas in this website!

    • Hey there, Momo! We are glad you’re doing your homework, and we hope your dog doesn’t mistake your work for a tasty treat! We have lots of awesome topics to Wonder about here at Wonderopolis! You can check out our categories section and search by topic, or you can visit us every day for a brand new Wonder! :)

    • Very cool, Wonder Friend N! We’re so glad you are visiting us today to learn about dogs and their love of homework! We Wonder what your project covers? :)

    • Thanks so much, Erin! We’re so excited that you visited today! We hope your dog doesn’t get a hold of your homework! :)

  37. We thought the video was funny today. We learned that there are certain things you can’t feed to dogs. We were surprised to learn that dogs really do eat paper.

    • WOOHOO, we’re so glad you enjoyed this woof-tastic Wonder, Mrs. LaLonde’s Class! We want to keep our pets nice and healthy, so we’re glad to learn that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate (even if they want to)! However, they sure do like peanut butter… and paper, too! Thanks for sharing your WONDERful comment today! :)

    • WONDERful guess, Ann! Check back tomorrow to find out if your Wonder Prediction was correct! Keep WONDERing! :-)

    • Absolutely, Cora. That looked like a mess! We are so glad that you enjoyed this Wonder. Thanks for WONDERing with us! :-)

  38. I never knew that was what dogs ate.


    • Oh no, Morgan! Paper is not good for dogs. Be sure to read the Wonder article, especially the list of foods that are dangerous to dogs. It is always best to feed your dog only food and treats recommended by your vet. Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :-)

  39. Whoa…I only give my dogs my chicken wings that I don’t eat and my brussel sprouts(I actually eat them)I will never give my dog corn too,let’s just say a puddle is found where he sleeps in the morning if he eats corn.

    • Oh no, Graham. It sounds like all that “people food” may hurt your dog’s stomach. We think it is best to stick with the dog food. Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  40. My teacher always gives the class lots of homework so l really wish my dog would eat my homework so I don’t have to do it.

    • We’re sorry to hear that you have LOTS of homework, Kirrily! We do know that homework is important for learning. :( We are SUPER glad to have you WONDERing with us today! :D

  41. I am wondering have you had a dog eat your homework?

    Have you seen a dog eat your homework or made your dog eat your homework?

    • Thanks for stopping by Wonderopolis and sharing your questions, Abigail S.! There have been a couple times our dog (and once even our cat!) has nibbled a bit on our homework! But fortunately, we caught it before he ate the whole thing! Have you had a pet take some bites out of your homework? ;)

  42. Dear Wonderopolis,
    We thought this was interesting. We thought this was interesting because we didn’t know that dogs ate paper sometimes. Also, we didn’t know that dogs couldn’t have Avocado. Thanks for helping us learn more about dogs.

    • Welcome, Darksaber! According to Pet WebMD, chocolate can be poisonous to dogs if consumed in a large enough amounts. Other times, it simply may just make your dog sick. There is no way to know for sure how your dog will react, so you must be very cautious when dogs are around chocolate. Thanks for sharing this information with our WONDER friends! :)

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  • Do dogs really eat homework?
  • Why do dogs eat paper?
  • What foods can be dangerous to dogs?

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Here’s some homework for you. Grab a friend or family member and try out the activities below. Just keep the dog away while you’re at it!

  • Do you or a friend or family member have a dog? What kind of trouble do dogs tend to get into? Has one ever eaten homework? What about chewing up toys? Talk about the funny stories you’ve heard of dogs getting into trouble. Do you think any of these stories might have been caused by dogs feeling bored?
  • Have you ever forgotten to do your homework? If you do, you probably don’t want to blame your forgetfulness on your dog. It’s best to fess up to your forgetfulness and ask for extra time to complete your homework…and maybe an extra credit assignment to make up for it being late. Inevitably, though, some students will choose to get creative and invent wild excuses as to why they weren’t able to complete their homework. Here are some funny examples of actual excuses heard by teachers over the years. I don’t have my homework, because:
    • my babysitter flushed it down the toilet!
    • my locker is jammed and my homework is trapped inside!
    • my dad used it to start a fire in our wood stove!
    • I left it at home! I thought that’s where HOMEwork was supposed to stay!
    • my friend fell in a lake! I jumped in to rescue him, and my homework drowned!

What do you think? If you were a teacher, would you believe any of these excuses? If you have your own wild and crazy excuse for not completing your homework, email it to us or post it on Facebook. We always love a good chuckle!

  • If you don’t want your dog to eat your homework, it’s best to keep Fido well-fed. What do dogs usually eat, though? Do some research to learn more about dog food. Find a bag of dry dog food and read the list of ingredients. Which ingredients do you recognize? What are the others? Use an Internet search engine to discover what some of those oddly-named ingredients actually are. If you have a dog, put what you learned into practice by making your pooch a special treat of homemade dog food!

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