A Guide To Dog Treats: Which One is Best for Your Dog?

Dogs are amazing animals that bring joy to our lives in many ways. One of the great things about them is how much we can train and learn from them. As their pet owner, providing the best possible care for them, including giving them healthy and delicious treats, is essential. Treats are a great way to reward your dog for good behavior, sitting on command, or lying down! In this guide, we'll explore the different types of dog treats and help you decide which one is best for your furry friend. 

1. Freeze-Dried and Jerky Treats

Jerky treats are made of dehydrated meat and are usually 100% protein. These treats can be made from chicken, pork, beef, liver, or seafood. You can get your dog some great-tasting meat jerky treats by finding a reputable US company that sells them or making it yourself with food dehydrators.

2. Crunchy Treats

The hard, crunchy treats are available in various flavors and shapes. They are the most available and least expensive on the market. They're also sometimes called “dog biscuits.” Unfortunately, these munchy treats often have fillers and artificial dyes for coloring purposes.

3. Soft Treats

Soft, chewy dog treats are perfect for pups and seniors. If you have dental issues or sore gums from teething, the soft texture of these treats is best because it is easier to break into bite-sized pieces. These treats also greatly reward your dog during training. Try a hands-free leash if you are up for dog training.

4. Dental Chews

Dental treats are designed to help keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy by wiping away plaque and helping with gum disease prevention. These tasty dog treats come in all shapes and sizes and usually comes in short sticks.

5. Homemade Treats

Homemade dog treats are a healthier alternative to store-bought ones because they don't contain preservatives, fats, or chemicals that can harm your dog. These more nutritious ingredients do more good for your dog's digestive system, help them stay healthy from the inside out, and make your pup's fur shiny.

Make sure that you avoid these foods and ingredients when making a homemade treat:

  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Avocado
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Chocolates, Coffee, and anything with Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Xylitol
  • Raw Meat, Eggs, Fish
  • Salt and Salty Food
  • Sugary Food and Drinks
  • Fat trimmings and bones

Picking the Right Treat for your Furry Friend Isn't Actually that Hard

So, what type of treats should you give your pup? Any kind will do as long as they are healthy and not full of artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Make sure to have a waist belt bag for your treats so you can always be prepared whether you want a walk in the park, have a jog, or do some obedience training.