Are you guilty of over-pampering your doggo with yummy treats because you just can’t resist the puppy face? Don’t worry, it’s a common crime! However, finding the right treats for your doggo will eliminate any risk to his health because of treats.
Here we will try to brief you about the type of treats that can be suitable for your pooch depending on his needs. The best treats should ideally not just be yummy but also nutritious and health-wise beneficial for your dog.
Kinds of treats
There are different kinds of treats available for different purposes. Let us look at some of the various kinds of treats-
In this category comes biscuits, cookies, bars, etc. These crunchy treats come in various sizes and shapes and you can choose the ones your pooch loves. These treats can be used for training sessions, rewards for good behavior, and snacking in between meals.
These treats are very common and you can find them in your nearest pet store or online as well, or just click here. Some delicious and healthy crunch treats are- Stekbon Biscuits, Pedigree Biscrok, Crunch Milk Biscuits, Crunch Chicken Biscuits etc.
Crunchy treats should not be given throughout the entire day. You should give your furry friend about 1-2 crunchy treats in a day.
These treats are soft in texture as they have a higher moisture content (up to 25%) as compared to crunchy treats. These are also great to be used in training sessions, as they break easily and have a more prominent smell which attracts dogs. Your pooch is likely to enjoy this as a reward after doing well in the training session. You can also give it in between meals.
Check out some yummy chewy treats from the Petstreet store, such as Pedigree Meat Jerkies, Dogaholic Milky Chewsticks, Gnawlers Oat Bones, etc
The technical way of calculating how many treats your dog should eat in a day goes like this- your dog should intake only 10% of overall calories from treats. So, it depends on the number of calories the chewy treat has, and accordingly, you can give your dog the right amount of treats.
Human food treats
You can give your dog certain human food items as treats. But before that, you have to make sure you don’t give something that your dog is allergic to. If your dog reacts differently after eating a certain food item, visit your vet and ask if it is something that your dog might be allergic to. To know some common food items that you should not feed your dog, read our blog 8 Things You Shouldn't Feed A Dog.
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You can give carrots, apples (without seeds), and several seedless vegetables as snacks to your pooch. However, you should totally avoid giving your dog junk food, which is very unhealthy and can lead to several health problems.
Again, the treat intake should only be 10% of the total calories your dog consumes in a day. Count the calories in a treat and you're good to decide on the number of treats you can give to your pooch.
Other than these kinds, there are dog treats that are for a specific purpose, such as, dental treats. If your dog has poor dental hygiene, you can consider giving him/her dental treats that are made to cater to a dog’s oral care. These are made with such materials that take a while to get consumed and thus helping in cleaning via abrasive mechanical action.
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To sum it up-
Now that you know the kinds of treats available for dogs and how often you should give it to them, keep in mind that no matter how nutritious the treat claims to be, it is not a substitute for meals. Treats are for various purposes but not to fill your dog's tummy. Now if you're looking to shop for treats, check out a wide range of treats from the Petstreet Store.
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Nandini is a Delhi-based freelance Writer. She has been working as a creative Writer and Copy Writer eversince she was in college. Her ultimate goal is to become a Journalist. She is a foodie and a dog enthusiast.