Choose the best treats for your dog with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Dog treats are a great way to reward your dog for good behavior, or just give them something extra. However, choosing the wrong treats or giving your dog too many can result in some health problems for your pup. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn about choosing the right treats for your dog and what to look for in a good dog treat.
The Good Part About Dog Treats
Dental Health – Some dog treats can promote dental health. Dog dental chews can taste great while providing essential vitamins and minerals, and cleaning your dog’s teeth. They’re made for dogs of all different sizes, too!
Good Behavior – Treats are a great way to reward your dog for good behavior, such as going to the door when they need to go potty. When your dog behaves well, reward them with a treat to positively reinforce that behavior. They’ll associate the treat with the good behavior.
Training – Training obviously ties in with good behavior. Whether you’re training your dog to do tricks or commands like “off,” and “down,” treats can come in handy.
Now treats are a great reward for your dog, but it’s important to not overdo it. When given too many treats or unhealthy treats, dogs can become overweight. This can lead to obesity, arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Treats that are high in fats or sugars can cause weight gain if you lose track of how many treats you give to your pup in any given day. It’s important to keep your dog active and keep an eye on how many treats you give him. It’s also important to avoid giving your dog table scraps. It may be tempting when they use their “puppy dog eyes” to beg, but table scraps high in fat and sugar can cause digestion problems.
What to Look For
When you’re looking for the right dog treats, there are a few things to keep in mind. Of course, each dog is different and has different needs. These are just some general guidelines to follow when choosing the best dog treats.
Ingredients for Dogs – Make sure the dog treats are formulated specifically for dogs, made with natural ingredients. Treats that contain proteins like lamb, chicken or fish and whole grains are a better option over treats that have a high sugar and fat content.
Health Benefits – Look for treats that benefit your dog’s health, such as dental chews. There are even treats that are supplemented with glucosamine to help with joint and hip health.
Feed Treats Sparingly – Don’t let your dog fill up on treats–feed him or her a balanced dog food diet before giving them treats. Treats should only make up 10% or less of your dog’s diet.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that dogs are important members of the family, and should be fed like family. That’s why we carry top brand dog treats and dog food like Blue Buffalo, Science Diet, Purina and Blain’s Farm & Fleet’s own formulas. For more tips on caring for your dogs, cats and other pets, visit our Pet Care blog.