Sometimes we want to treat our dogs, whether it’s because they’ve been left at home for a period of time and haven’t chewed on anything, maybe it’s their birthday, or it could just be a thank you for being your best companion. Never mind the reason, they almost definitely deserve it. But how do we know what to spend our money on? With so many great dog treats around it’s difficult to know which is best, and on top of that it depends on your dog’s individual taste.
So what makes a good treat?
Obviously if you want it to be a treat for your dog, then your dog needs to love the taste! The key here is finding a treat that your dog really loves- it will make their tail wag every time they see it. Dogs have individual tastes, just like humans, so look out for your dog’s response to each treat and see which one you think they like the most.
When things taste great to humans it usually because they have a lot of sugar or salt in them, and the same can be said for dog’s treats. Neither of these are great in large quantities so it’s important to check the ingredients and find treats which have low calories. If you do happen to think your dog deserves a more high calorie treat then make sure they don’t have too many too often- dogs can get fat too!
Less processed foods, again much like human foods, are always better for your dog. Treats that are full of natural ingredients tend to be healthier for both your dog and their digestion
This is a nice bonus but not a must-have. Your dog should get most of their nutrition from their daily meals anyway. If you can find treats that add to an existing diet and aren’t just a treat then you’ve struck gold and are on to a winner!