Choosing All Natural
Learn how to select everyday dog treats to reward your dog
free dog treat training guide
treats are an excellent training tool and work well as positive
reinforcement of your dog’s good behavior.
Treats are also a way
that you can communicate appreciation to your dog for just being a
And as humans, we like giving treats to our dogs
because they like it and it makes us feel good.
These days dog treats come in
many forms, there are dog bakeries that make fresh dog treats,
simple milkbones from the supermarket, dog jerky, dog cookies and
even dog bagels and dog popcorn.
With so many choices, how do you
choose the best kind of everyday dog treat for your pooch? Read on
to find out how to select dog treats and which treats are best for
Choosing Everyday Dog Treats for Your Pet
can easily select healthy dog treats for your dog by first thinking
about your dog’s activity level. How often do you take your dog for
a walk? Does your dog participate in hunting activities or does he
spend time playing or running?
When you determine how active
your dog is, it will guide your treat buying decision. If your dog
gets plenty of exercise, you can choose from a wider selection of
treats. If your dog is more of a couch potato, only treat him
occasionally with treats that are smaller in size and lower in fat
Another thing that you should do
when buying dog treats is to only buy treats that will fit your
dog’s size. Often a package of treats will specify the size of dog
that should enjoy that type of treat. Smaller dogs should not be
eating mega size bones.
And finally, only choose treats
that are specially formulated for dogs. Human food is typically
much to rich for your dog and feeding him people food can result in
an upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting or even more complicated
All Natural Dog Treats
should try to find dog treats that are all natural and free from by
products and fillers. When you treat your dog, the idea is to give
him a reward that is good for him and will promote health. Treats
containing fillers and by products like lower grade animal parts
(think beaks, hooves and feet) are not good for your dog.
Products made by companies like
Old Mother Hubbard, Newman’s Own, Zukes and Wellness brand are good
choices for all natural dog treats. We really like Wellness Venison
dog treats and our dog loves them.
Look into the ingredients of the
treats that you’re feeding your dog and make sure that the treats
are healthy for him to eat. Especially if you treat often, make
sure the dog treats that you give your pet are helping and not
Low Fat and Low Calorie Dog Treats
Unfortunately many of the treats
available in your local pet store or supermarket are high in fat,
calories and sugar. While that may be fine for dogs that get treats
only occasionally, if you give your dog treats on a daily basis or
use treats in dog training you may want to limit your dog’s intake
on these types of treats.
Often it is as simple as cutting
your dog’s treats in half or into fourths to make them smaller so
each serving is lower in fat and calories owing to its tiny size.
Smaller treats are often easier to manage for training, so this may
be the best option for you.
You can also buy some low fat or
low calorie treats for your dog. These treats are typically labeled
as low fat or low cal and your dog will probably eat them with the
same gusto with which he eats high fat treats.
Home Made Dog Treats
Recently there has been an
increasing interest in making homemade dog treats. If you have the
time and the desire to bake for your dog, making treats at home can
be a great idea. When you give your dog homemade dog treats, you
can be absolutely sure about what ingredients are included and the
calories and fat that is in each treat.
To get started, find dog treat
recipes in a book from your library or bookstore – don’t trust every
dog recipe you find online, they may not be well tested and could
give your dog a stomach ache. There are some ingredients that can
be harmful to dogs and should be avoided. Keep ingredients like
onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate of any kind, garlic, caffeine and
artificial sweeteners (like Splenda) out of your dog treats.
If you don’t have the time and
you’d still like to have homemade dog treats for everyday use, there are lots of
smaller dog treat companies that specialize in these types of
treats. You can also check to see if there’s a dog bakery in your
city, these bake shops usually have freshly made treats available