Why choose soft dog treats for your dog? Although everybody knows that dogs love anything that they can put in their mouth and chew on, soft dog treats are the stuff doggy dreams are made of! Maybe because they can scoff them quickly and get another one - but also because 'soft' usually means it's a meat-based treat. And what doggy doesn't like meat?
While giving your dog a treat at any time helps strengthen your bond even further, there are other benefits to treating your dog with something tasty, yet soft. Since most dogs are strongly motivated by food, the treats that you give them can prove to be invaluable for training purposes. Having said this, it is very important to pay attention to the quantity, as well as the quality of the treats that we give them. We all know how difficult it can be not to spoil your dog completely when they give you the cute look, but dog treats should make up only 10% of your dog’s diet.
Because of this it is important to make those 10% something amazingly good that is well worth the trouble, and since there is an abundance of products to choose from, sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right ones.
However, for puppies that are teething, it is better if you choose the ones that are not too hard on their baby teeth and sore gums. Soft dog treats are the best, since they can easily be broken down into smaller parts, they are easy to eat and digest. Besides, treats that are hard to chew on, like bones for example, can get stuck in your dog’s mouth, teeth or throat, which is terrible if your goal was to reward your dog.
During training it's always best to reward with soft dog treats. The biggest problem with hard ones is that it takes time to chew, and your dog might lose focus if he spends too much time gnawing and chewing on some hard snacks. Although there are many different options when it comes to commercial dog treats, you can always opt for some veggies like cooked carrots, chicken and even cheese. If you don’t have time to prepare the treats yourself, you can still choose some store-bought treats.
I recommend using multiple varieties of dog treats for different types of achievements. For training sessions it is important to choose good treats that are easy to digest, because much like humans, dogs also tend to feel sleepy when they eat something that is hard for their stomach to digest.
See here for more information on the best dog treats for training.
Another reason to choose commercial dog treats is that they can come in many different shapes, sizes and tastes. For example Addictions' Meaty Bites are favored by dogs across New Zealand and are now selling fast here in the US. They offer amazing tastes such as: brushtail, venison, beef and chicken. You can purchase these treats here.
If your dog has more conventional tastes, you can opt out for something like Etta Says Little Bitz, which come in chicken, bacon, beef and peanut butter. They're soft, chewy, bite-size treats that are high in protein and made with all natural ingredients. You can purchase these treats here.
Since there are so many different varieties of food that are offered on the market today, it is important to know which foods are safe for your dog to eat and which ones you should avoid. Most people are ready to buy products with a flashy advertisement without taking the time to look at the ingredients in their dog food, and there are some nasty chemicals that can be found in many store-bought dog foods. See here for more information on dangerous dog treats.
One of the most common ones are actually something that you probably have at your home right now if you drive a car. Propylene glycol, otherwise known as antifreeze fluid. Although small quantities won’t kill your dog immediately, propylene glycol is of course not a natural part of a dog’s diet, but it is one of the most common ingredients found in soft dog treats because it helps keep the food moist.
There are many chemical additives that companies put in different foods for many different reasons, which is why it is important to always check the ingredients of your dog’s food and treats.
While there are a lot of brands that you should stay away from, most dog treats are safe for your pet and don’t include any harmful chemicals. Companies like 'Etta Says' and 'Additions' make their treats from scratch with high quality ingredients and they include only a few ingredients in each flavor.
The great thing about these soft treats is they come in three types, each type provides your dog with different health benefits. They are made in the USA. 100% grain free and don't contain any artificial colors, corn, wheat, soy or sugar. Just lip-smacking healthy fun treats for your canine friend at an affordable price.
However, your safest bet is always to make the treats yourself. You don’t have to go too far in preparing some tasty treats for your dog, as most dogs love food such as berries, oatmeal, apples, and of course, meat. If you do want to make an extra effort, you can experiment with many different recipes to give your dog a treat to remember.
I have created a few soft dog treats recipes that you can make in the comfort of your own home. Both of these recipes allows you to experiment with a variety of flavors - you don't have to stick to the recipe, you can mix up the ingredients to create new flavors. I highly recommend the 'Carob and Peanut Butter Mini Donuts' my dog, Lady loves these. They are protein packed, nutrient rich, naturally sweet morsels They also make great training treats as they can easily be chopped up into small sized pieces.
To sum things up, treating your canine friends has many benefits both for them and your relationship with them, so you should always pay special attention to what you’re treating them to!