Whether they’ve sat for you or done a trick we love to give our pooches treats, but which ones are the best?
As dog owners we mainly give treats if they’ve done what you’ve commanded them to do, we also use them as an incentive. But we don’t want to give them treats that could be bad for them, so we’ve compiled a list of the very best.
Before trying all treats that come from the store, because most of them are filled with high fats and sugar, try some vegetables. They have virtually no calories and dogs don’t mind that you’re not giving them something fatty and meaty. All they want you to do is give them something.
Try fruit as well, such as banana slices, apple slices and even berries but no seeds and nothing with caffeine, such as grapes, raisins and chocolate etc, these can be toxic to dogs.
You should also avoid anything that’s going to be too hard on their teeth like, bones, hooves or antlers, and also you’ll want a treat that’s quick and easy, especially if you’re training.
Dog experts say to use the rule of the thumb: if you push your thumbnail into a treat and it leaves a mark, that’s a safe treat, if it doesn’t the treat is too hard to chew.
Though a treat such as rawhide is acceptable because when the dogs chews it becomes softer and easier to chew on.
The treats should be as small as possible so they can eat them quickly and doesn’t get distracted from what they were doing previously.
When you are training with a treat you need to remember that you shouldn’t feed small portions of their regular foods for treats as you could be potentially making them overweight, the treat’s should never take over 10% of your dog’s diet and treats are healthier than ‘table scraps’ so don’t treat them with leftovers, due to the salts and spices etc.
You could even ask you vet or local dog trainer sand what to give as a treat if you’re stuck, especially dog trainers will know what the best is for your pooch.
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