Using High Value Dog Treats for Training
I don't know about you but when I go to work I expect a fair paycheck. My paycheck happens to be in dollar bills but for a dog a paycheck often comes in the form of food. If you want your dog to perform a specific action like sit, or to stop performing an action like jumping on guests, you're going to need to "pay" them. And that's where all-natural, small dog treats come in handy. In this post I'll talk about the differences in dog treats, what to look for and what to avoid.
ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN DOG TREATS?
Absolutely. Some treats are made from natural ingredients and have real food like chicken or peanut butter as the first ingredient. Other treats are made as cheaply as possible and contain chicken meal as the first ingredient. Some dog treats even contain preservatives to make them last as long as possible. My rule is, if I wouldn't eat it, I don't want my dog eating it either!
WHAT ARE GOOD INGREDIENTS?
Just like people food, stick to what you know. If you've never heard of an ingredient like sodium tripolyphosphate, then most likely you don't want your dog to consume it. The best treats stick to high-quality, all-natural ingredients that you can pronounce and recognize.
WILL MY DOG GAIN WEIGHT IF I TRAIN WITH FOOD?
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found in 2018 that over 50% of dogs were considered obese. So overall pet health is another great reason to stick to small dog treats. While many dogs do love hot dogs, the average hot dog has 151 calories. Use one or two hot dogs in a training session and you could see weight gain in your dog. In contrast, our Sweet Potato and Honey Small Dog Bones only have 5 k/cal per treat, making them a much healthier option for training. Pets at an ideal weight live longer, healthier lives. And we all want our pets to live as long as possible!
WHAT ABOUT PET FOOD RECALLS?
We've all seen the news report of Facebook posts about pet food and treat recalls. Treats manufactured overseas don't have the same requirements as treats manufactured in the USA do. That's why we source our treats from The Pound Bakery, who specialize in limited ingredient treats. They've never had a recall and know their product is safe and wholesome for your dog.
So when you reach for a bag of dog treats to start a training session, make sure you know where they're from, what they're made of and if they've ever been recalled. Your dog will thank you!