Choosing Healthy Treats for Your Dog

Treats are a fun way to give [i4w_ud_DogName] something special to eat instead of the regular kibble. You can also use treats to help with the training process by offering them as rewards when [i4w_ud_DogName] has performed the command properly. However, if you’re going to be giving these extra bits of food to your dog, then it is important that you choose the right ones, otherwise you could be doing more harm than good.

Some of the most common “offenders” in dog treats ingredients are sugars and fats. Many dog treats of lower quality appear to be healthy enough until, upon closer examination of the ingredients list, you see that they are very high in unhealthy sugars and fats. Such treats are of no nutritional value to your dog and could cause weight problems. Since [i4w_db__DogBreed]s can become obese very easily, the number of calories in the [i4w_ud_DogName]’s treats is a serious issue to consider.

You may be surprised to learn that a single large dog biscuit contains, on average, 100 calories. Depending on the age, activity level, and size of your individual [i4w_db__DogBreed], even one of these every day on top of the amount you already feed [i4w_ud_DogName] at mealtime, can cause the pounds to pile on. Treats should be used only occasionally, not regularly. In the case of training treats, a low cal alternative should be chosen, and even then, only part of the treat should be given for each reward.

As tempting as it is to use table scraps as treats, your dog will be better off if you avoid them as much as possible, if not altogether. Feeding [i4w_ud_DogName] table scraps not only encourages begging, but these foods are also often high in calories and fats, just like unhealthy treats. Unlike good quality, healthy treats, table scraps may adversely affect your dog’s nutritional balance for the day. Moreover, you run the risk giving [i4w_ud_DogName] something seemingly innocent but that is actually toxic, such as chocolate, grapes, onions, raisins, or apple seeds.

So when you’re sorting out your dog’s treats, bear in mind that the best treats are those that are sized appropriately, are low in calories (keeping fats and sugars down), and have additional benefits such as dental health or added nutrients. And make sure that treats don’t make up any more than ten percent of [i4w_ud_DogName]’s overall daily calorie intake.

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