Introduction: How to Eat a Banana Like a Dog

Dogs, like humans and monkeys, are omnivores. Even better: dogs have lots of experience eating things. Different things. Here we take a tip from our canine culinary experts: How To Eat A Banana Like A Dog.
(by Little "The Nose" Bear, with help from diN0bot)

Step 1: Find Banana

Sit.
Stay.
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Come!

Snifsnuff until you find a banana!

Step 2: Find Somewhere Comfortable to Eat

Find somewhere with softness for your elbows and a good view of the door.

Step 3: Gently Pull Open Peel on One End

Even though food should be gulped down as quickly as possible, it doesn't mean one loses all abandon. Start at one end and gnaw away at the peel. yum.

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systematically eat the good stuff until you reach the other end. Try not to leave too much behind, especially if others are watching and salivating for leftovers. Sharing is for compost.

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Step 4: Eat Banana Innards Systematically

Now that the peel is open you can stop eating it and dig into the mushy good stuff. Breath through your nose and don't take your eyes or mouth off the prize.

Step 5: Chomp Chomp Chomp

You can never protect your bounty too much. If growling doesn't keep the vultures away, pack up and find somewhere similarly comfortable but secluded to continue eating. This is a good time to start swallowing faster and chewing less.

don't forget to veg out when you're done.

** next week join us for our special on pooping like a dog!!!1 **

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ARJOON made it!(author)2010-11-08

my 2 dogs eat apples pawpaw chouchou and sometimes sugarcane(not very good for health)

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tuckerton296 made it!(author)2010-07-11

that dog looks like my dog did what breed is it? also your dog is clever

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AmyLuthien made it!(author)2010-02-04

What a handsome AND clever dog you've got!  I've got to hand my Labs some bananas to see what they make of them now!  It's been all apples and carrots around here lol!  Thanks!

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-03-18

Your comment is not nice.

I think it is also incorrect. This instructable clearly describes the steps AND presents pictures on how to eat a banana like a dog. It is strikingly similar to a featured instructable on how to eat a banana like a monkey, with the additional feature of having pictures containing a dog. What instruction is lacking?

I also want to clear up two of your misconceptions for the benefit of other readers with whom I might have an interesting discourse with:

1. Bear doesn't normally eat bananas. Most dogs don't, either. It was an experiment. Maybe you have to interact with a dog during mealtime to grok why this is interesting.
I eat bananas. Most people do, too. People I know, including myself, don't eat bananas like Bear did. Just like most people don't turn microwaves into welders. One could post a comment saying someone turned a microwave into a welder, or one could write an instructable about how to do so.

2. It's a shame when a tool is stereotyped into a narrow field of use. It's awesome when tools are used beyond the original intention of its authors. Tools are enablers. Enabling even more is better. Granted, tools can be used for evil, too, and tools can get polluted with noise and spam (kind of like your comment) and thus become less enjoyable. Some people don't like the internet because it contains porn, but it also contains cool social communities and instructive resources. The whole notion of collaborative interaction (wikis! version control!) is far beyond the original conception of email and discussion boards. What is negative about expanding the role of a tool?

As you note, this instructable is not *just* about instructing someone on how to eat a banana in a particular way. Maybe banana eating is important to you, maybe not--that shouldn't matter wrt the quality of an instructable--but beyond that, this instructable is an opportunity for me to tell a story about my dog. Instructables, like any recipe, tell a story of what the author did. This kind of artistic mingling with engineering is beautiful, at least to some people. More importantly, using instructables in this way does not degrade the use of instructables in its original pure-engineering context. I would caution disrespecting either of these uses unless one were imposing a serious cost.

One of the awesomest aspects to this community, one which will preserve quality and prevent noise better than pure automation, is the culture against negativity. Maybe you want to re-evaluate your perception and actions in this community to see if you can't get more out of it by being nicer.

pppps - re: comic discussion below: right on. I have no idea what you're talking about, though I found the irony of it involving CATS appropriate.

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coatesy900 made it!(author)2008-03-19

I'm fairly sure my post was not offensive; negative perhaps, but the difference is that that it was CONSTRUCTIVE negatived, not just blind insults. If it is against the rules of the site to say that one disagrees with the posting of an Instructable, then by all means take down my post. To my knowledge no such rule exists, and so WHY DO IT? There was not one single insult in my post and I find it absolutely ridiculous that anybody could be offended by it. Ever heard the term "right to free speech"? If so, and you understand it, you should be able to realize what I am saying. Negative comments should be expected where rather pointless Instructables are left.

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-03-19

eit, dawg. I didn't know what would happen when I flagged it, but I agree deleting it was extreme, considering that I replied. It's cool that you replied in turn, though not to any of the points I made. I don't see what is constructive about making assertions without explanations. I still don't know why you think this is a pointless instructable. I assumed your first post was random spam. I don't see how you could say this isn't an instructable if you actually read it. So maybe we can get back on topic? I looked at your two insructables, one on catching eels and one on making pet hammacks. Good work. The pet hammock looks especially cool. How come no pictures of actual pets in it? Do you have pictures of your pets eating bananas? Or turning away in disdain?

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Supercoke made it!(author)2009-12-27

dude you totally burned him......

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Keith-Kid made it!(author)2008-03-25

Dogs eat bananas??!!!!!

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hishealer made it!(author)2009-04-03

I had a dog that would SHUCK CORN! Wish I had pics... She also ate green beans right off the vine. We lost a whole harvest that way once...

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annebonny made it!(author)2009-02-04

Oh my gosh our dogs could be twins!!! :) I just adopted this guy a couple months ago.......what kind is your dog?

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diN0bot made it!(author)2009-02-04

wow!! the place where we got bear (sudbury) said he's likely a boxer-blacklab mutt. he's some kind of mutt for sure.

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diN0bot made it!(author)2009-02-04

also, thx for the pictures!!

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annebonny made it!(author)2009-02-05

Great instructable by the way!!! Goes without saying, your dog is cute! They told me Ernie was a Shepard/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He's only 42lbs, small for a shep, but I have no idea! Bear does have a boxer body, Ernie doesn't, he's got really stumpy legs..... :)

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mynameisjonas made it!(author)2009-01-05

cute! is that an American pit bull terrier?

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diN0bot made it!(author)2009-02-04

we don't think so, though pit bulls crossed with labs can also have that same brindle colored coat (brindle means stripes).

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mynameisjonas made it!(author)2009-02-04

either way, he's super cute!

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%3DSMART%3D made it!(author)2009-01-06

!!!! Dogs eat bananas !!!! Im going to give my dog one tonight !! :D Cute dog btw :P

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diN0bot made it!(author)2009-02-04

how'd it go? post a picture!

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rocksalt2342 made it!(author)2008-12-12

look out stomach, here comes banana.

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OhAllison made it!(author)2008-08-03

That was adorable :) My dog is afraid of banana peels, but likes the inside so I might have to do the first few steps like him, that is, running around in fear.

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npknhdfrvr made it!(author)2008-11-02

just like my dog! he'll just run back and stare at me while i peel it

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reedz made it!(author)2008-08-19

he is... afraid... of banana peels?

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OhAllison made it!(author)2008-08-19

Yeah haha, something about the smell makes him all nervous and he runs away. He'll chow down though if I peel them :)

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reedz made it!(author)2008-08-19

Oh the poor thing... Maybe he had a bad experience with a monkey or something

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-08-04

post some pictures of how it goes, yeah? (-:

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OhAllison made it!(author)2008-08-19

That, my friend, is a good idea

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bob4952002 made it!(author)2008-10-21

Almost brought a tear to my eye as I remembered when my (recently deceased) dog "learned" to open Tupperware. Still has 3 punctures in one corner that it sustained until she discovered the tab for easy opening. Used to allow her to "search" for her Christmas present in a normally "off-limits room" on Christmas mornings and everybody's birthday. She would stand at the doorway waiting/drooling in anticipation. Thanks, k-

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-10-22

haha that's awesome. i love hiding food for bear to find--he's a patient faucet, too. he has trouble when items are hidden under blankets and such. i'm never quite sure if he gets the 'warmer/colder' game, but i'm sure he can read my emotions. if you have any pictures do post them. i can't imagine how a dog would open a tupperware. from the way you wrote sounds like your dog might be dead. i'm very sorry. it's so sad to lose such joyful friends.

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wordgirrl made it!(author)2008-08-03

"i am a banana!" don hertzfeldt fan?

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-08-04

mos def.

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Badgergirl made it!(author)2008-07-31

I'd try this with my dog, but she probably would either run away from it, or chew on it till there was banana mush all over the floor.

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dadigareng made it!(author)2008-07-25

hehhehee lucu

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Atomic+Flamingo made it!(author)2008-06-03

So that's how it's done!! And, to think I've been eating them sitting in a chair. tsk tsk. Now, I know better.

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icedog515 made it!(author)2008-04-02

wat a cutie

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Full+Frontal+Graphic made it!(author)2008-03-21

Good dog. I wish I had pics of my dog (RIP, Munchkin) eating stir-fry. She would pick it apart by what vegie it was... like eat all of each vegetable one at a time. She was very focused when she ate. Nice instructable. I don't feel that all instructables need to be useful, or even try to be. One of the great things here is sharing what is in our lives with others.

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-03-25

Bear is a picky eater like that, too. The only food he doesn't eat are lemons and lettuce. Uncooked mushrooms and onions might get passed up, too. He's pretty equal opportunistic, though. word up.

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saites2001 made it!(author)2008-03-08

Darn, I thought you were going to show how to quickly eat a banana. Like in one gulp. I've seen people do that . . .

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Kaiven made it!(author)2008-03-11

VG CATS!!!! lol do you look at the comics?

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saites2001 made it!(author)2008-03-12

I've read everyone, but he isn't too regular on updating, unfortunately. Lately, they also haven't been that funny (perhaps I just don't get them, though . . .)

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Kaiven made it!(author)2008-03-12

which one you don't get? the new half life one with the medic?

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saites2001 made it!(author)2008-03-13

Yeah, for instance. But I don't blame the writer; I haven't played enough half-life to really understand it, anyway. But some of the jokes just aren't funny (like some of the recent kirby ones). Some of them are really funny, though. Personally, I like Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal best, but in either case, I think this is totally off topic :)

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Kaiven made it!(author)2008-03-13

oh, well the in the medic one, the one character wears a mask. He tried to call the medic, but only can say mmf mmmfmfmf mfmf (cause he wears a mask). The other guy got shot, said medic, and got healed.

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saites2001 made it!(author)2008-03-14

Well, then I did get it, it just wasn't funny so I assumed I was missing something witty.

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Kaiven made it!(author)2008-03-14

lol it was supposed to be funny since he didn't get healed. whatever, just cool i found out you look at them too. just why i mentioned it ;)

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crapflinger made it!(author)2008-03-10

we've got 2 dogs....a chihu-eagle and a spussle (figure those mixes out) the chihu-eagle wouldn't do the nanner deal...she's too lazy...the spussle might...i'll have to try it...though i've got a feeling she'd just eat the whole nanner pealing and all

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-03-10

chihuahua beagle and a ? wow - i thought all dogs were like Bear. makes sense for them to each have their own character. still, passing up edible foot? unbelievable.

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crapflinger made it!(author)2008-03-11

and a jack Russell spaniel

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TheCheese9921 made it!(author)2008-03-09

Your dog has the almost the same coat as mine.

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diN0bot made it!(author)2008-03-09

Awesome! Boxador, too? Do you have a picture of him/her eating a banana?

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cprocjr made it!(author)2008-03-09

i once tried to feed my dog a banana but she just smelled it and walked away. she has opened up a pistachio though.

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