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Keep Your Canine Motivated With Dog Treats!

Updated on August 28, 2009

Dog Treats Can Be The Highlight Of Your Dog's Day!

 Dog treats have long been used as a means to reward a pet for house training, learning a new trick or good behavior. Dog treats can also be used to administer medication that a dog finds unpalatable. Although dogs will eat just about anything, some care and consideration should be taken when choosing dog treats for them.

One important factor to consider is caloric content. Many dog treats contain 25-40 calories each and should be handed out sparingly. If your dog is on a reduced calorie diet, be sure to deduct the calorie count of treats from his daily total.

Gourmet dog treats are great for special occasions.
Gourmet dog treats are great for special occasions.

Dog Treats Must Be Chosen With Care!

 Many chewy dog treats are reported to benefit a dog's oral hygiene and even come shaped like little tooth brushes. While these products may do some good for your dog's teeth, they are by no means meant to replace regular dental care. Rawhide bones are one type of treat that offers benefits to teeth, but your dog should always be supervised while chewing one. Small chunks of rawhide can get caught in the throat, or if they're aggressive chewers, their gums can start to bleed.

One of the best treats for dogs is small amounts of premium quality dog food. Doled out in one or two pieces, holistic dog food is beneficial to the pet's health and tasty enough to pass as a treat. During training sessions, keep a baggie of food pieces in your pocket and use them to reward positive behavior.

Most dogs like chomping on vegetables!
Most dogs like chomping on vegetables!

Dog Treats Can Be Fruit Or Vegetable Too!

 A popular option among pet owners is to feed their dog healthy people food. Most fruits and many vegetables are a healthy alternative to store bought treats that may contain artificial ingredients. It's a good idea to confirm this with your vet, but a search online reveals some safe fruits and vegetables to give dogs may include:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pears
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Cucumber

Some fruits contain large amounts of natural sugar and should only be given to your pet in small amounts.

In addition, many other foods are poisonous to animals and should not be fed to your dog at all. These include, but are not limited to: sugary sweets; especially chocolate in any form; raw meat, bones, grapes, raisins, raw garlic and onions. If you suspect your dog has consumed anything that can be harmful or poisonous, call or visit your vet immediately.

Homemade dog treats can be given as gifts!
Homemade dog treats can be given as gifts!

Dog Treats Can Be Made Economically At Home!

 One treat alternative that you can make at home is homemade dog biscuits. Not only is this a great way to ensure healthy ingredients, but your dog may even prefer them over store-bought biscuits!  A variety of recipes include flavor choices like beef, chicken, liver, cheese and vegan, however the possibilities are endless.

You may also find that preparing treats at home saves you money!

Make All-Natural Dog Treats in Your Own Home!

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