What To Look For In A Dog Treat
It is always best to try and stick to a relatively healthy dog treat. You will have to adjust your dog’s regular meals to account for the increase in calories, but healthier snacks will mean they can be rewarded or praised without you worrying too much about the more negative effects.
Look out for the calorie count, to ensure obesity doesn’t become more of an issue. Other ingredients, such as particular meats, will be important if your dog has an allergy, and try to avoid added sugars or fats.
If they are meaty, look out for high meat content. This way, you know that it isn’t derivatives or fatty meats in the treat.
Also look at how many of the treats can be given in one day, as a guide. If your dog is young and is going to be going through some heavy training over the next few months, they may benefit from more treats compared to a dog who is older and doesn’t need positive reinforcement in this way.
Aim And Purpose Of The Dog Treat
What you are using the treats for could make a difference on the ones you buy.
If you will be using them as walking praise when your dog is out and about, something small and soft which they can quickly chew and eat will be ideal. The same applies if they need something small when they obey a command.
Larger treats are available for those mid-meal snacks or as a way of keeping your dog busy and occupied. These can also have health benefits, such as oral health or vitamin/nutrient impact.
There are some treats out there which can help benefit health and wellbeing, such as offering supplements or joint care, as well as complementing a speciality diet.