Imagine not being able to have a snack unless someone thought to give it to you. Or knowing dessert was in the fridge but not being allowed to eat it until you performed some task. Welcome to the world of dogs.
While treats are great for training purposes, as they reinforce good behavior, we don’t have to be teaching Buddy to sit and shake in order to give him a treat. Giving treats is an excellent way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. But giving too many treats or the wrong kind of treat/table scraps (I know those big brown eyes are hard to resist at dinner) can do more harm than good. In order to ensure you’re giving your dog the best treats, add some LUCK to your dog treat purchases. Let us explain.
- Look for new products. The treat market is full of options and is a growing market, so don’t be afraid to branch out from your “usuals.” We’re currently digging Sam’s Yams Fruit & Veggie Cookies and have a team committed to finding the next greatest.
- Understand the ingredients Buddy will be soon be eating. At SitStay, we pride ourselves on carrying natural treats that are made in the USA and with all natural ingredients, quality meats, and no fillers. It’s easy to read up on treats through the product descriptions on our site. For example, products like Distinctive Dog treats feature coconut oil as a functional ingredient, which can help balance your dog’s metabolism, contribute to a shiny coat, improve digestion, and so much more.
- Cater to your dog’s palette. Just like us, dogs have their favorites. As dog owners, we want what’s best and Buddy wants what tastes best, to him. With treats featuring salmon, chicken, peanut butter, cranberries, venison, kangaroo, lamb, and yams, to name a few, there’s plenty of potential favorites. Not sure where to start? We make it easy with treat bundles, made especially for your dog’s palette.
- Keep a variety of those favorite treats on hand. Mix up the textures and flavors though, to ensure your dog won’t become a picky eater. Brands like Cloud Star have mastered this concept, offering treats that are both soft & crunchy. The grain free, gluten free treats are a SitStay favorite.
Giving your dog treats is a good thing, regardless of whether or not you’re teaching him new tricks. Like any good thing though, it has to be done in moderation. Next time you’re grabbing a treat for yourself or the kids, don’t forget about Buddy. We’ve got plenty of options to help you treat him right!