Introduction: How to Eat a Banana Like a Dog

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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

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Snifsnuff until you find a banana!

Step 2: Find Somewhere Comfortable to Eat

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

Step 3: Gently Pull Open Peel on One End

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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

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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

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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 **


ARJOON (author)2010-11-08

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

tuckerton296 (author)2010-07-11

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

AmyLuthien (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!

diN0bot (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.

coatesy900 (author)diN0bot2008-03-19

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.

diN0bot (author)coatesy9002008-03-19

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?

Supercoke (author)diN0bot2009-12-27

dude you totally burned him......

Keith-Kid (author)2008-03-25

Dogs eat bananas??!!!!!

hishealer (author)Keith-Kid2009-04-03

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...

annebonny (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?

diN0bot (author)annebonny2009-02-04

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

diN0bot (author)diN0bot2009-02-04

also, thx for the pictures!!

annebonny (author)diN0bot2009-02-05

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..... :)

mynameisjonas (author)2009-01-05

cute! is that an American pit bull terrier?

diN0bot (author)mynameisjonas2009-02-04

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

mynameisjonas (author)diN0bot2009-02-04

either way, he's super cute!

=SMART= (author)2009-01-06

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

diN0bot (author)=SMART=2009-02-04

how'd it go? post a picture!

rocksalt2342 (author)2008-12-12

look out stomach, here comes banana.

OhAllison (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.

npknhdfrvr (author)OhAllison2008-11-02

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

reedz (author)OhAllison2008-08-19

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

OhAllison (author)reedz2008-08-19

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

reedz (author)OhAllison2008-08-19

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

diN0bot (author)OhAllison2008-08-04

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

OhAllison (author)diN0bot2008-08-19

That, my friend, is a good idea

bob4952002 (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-

diN0bot (author)bob49520022008-10-22

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.

wordgirrl (author)2008-08-03

"i am a banana!" don hertzfeldt fan?

diN0bot (author)wordgirrl2008-08-04

mos def.

Badgergirl (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.

dadigareng (author)2008-07-25

hehhehee lucu

Atomic Flamingo (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.

icedog515 (author)2008-04-02

wat a cutie

Full Frontal Graphic (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.

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.

saites2001 (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 . . .

Kaiven (author)saites20012008-03-11

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

saites2001 (author)Kaiven2008-03-12

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 . . .)

Kaiven (author)saites20012008-03-12

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

saites2001 (author)Kaiven2008-03-13

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 :)

Kaiven (author)saites20012008-03-13

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.

saites2001 (author)Kaiven2008-03-14

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

Kaiven (author)saites20012008-03-14

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 ;)

crapflinger (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

diN0bot (author)crapflinger2008-03-10

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.

crapflinger (author)diN0bot2008-03-11

and a jack Russell spaniel

TheCheese9921 (author)2008-03-09

Your dog has the almost the same coat as mine.

diN0bot (author)TheCheese99212008-03-09

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

cprocjr (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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