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Are You Over-Treating Your Dog?

When you have a dog, the treats are kind of a packaged deal, right? For training, rewards for doing the right thing can help guide your pet toward the desired behavior. However, many pet owners give treats simply because of those puppy dog eyes – and yes, it is tempting to give in. Ask yourself: does the dog really need a biscuit for every appropriately followed instruction? I think not. Additionally, the kind of treats you are giving can have consequences of their own.

 

What’s on the inside counts the most

Many dogs do not need something processed from a box or bag to be treated. They enjoy fresh fruits and veggies such as apple, carrots, green beans, plain sweet potato, or pumpkin puree as a low-calorie treat. If your dog is a bit more picky or finicky with treats, you can find some crunchy, flavorful, yet natural selections that have fruits and veggies baked in.

 

Less is more

Treats are not a necessity to sustain life; they are more for convenience and used as a reward. Keep in mind that treats should only make up about 10% of your dog’s daily dietary intake. If you start giving treats to your pet constantly, they will begin to lose their value and it will become expected instead of earned.

 

Dog Treat Rules to Live By

 

1. Don’t poison your dog

I mean, that seems pretty obvious. Many pet owners have no idea that some of the everyday foods for humans are no good for your dog. Common foods that are toxic for dogs include chocolate, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, milk, raisins, apple seeds, peaches, and plums.

 

2. Keep the treats FREE

No, not FREE as in they cost nothing, but free from unnecessary or harmful ingredients. It’s not hard to find healthful and delicious treats. Aim for treats that are hormone-free, grain-free, without dyes, artificial preservatives, and sweeteners.

 

3. Sugar is not the answer

Do not offer sugar to your dog under any circumstances. It may seem sweet to you, but their digestive system can’t process sugar efficiently. Just say no!

 

4. Teach and treat appropriately

Treats are great for encouraging pets to be on their best behavior. Be wise with your power when using these manipulators that we call treats. The most important rule when it comes to training with treats – never reward bad behavior with something that they have not earned.

 

We all love to be treated, which is why we love to treat our pets. Just make sure the reward is just that and that healthy treats are given in moderation to promote a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

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When you have a dog, the treats are kind of a packaged deal, right? For training, rewards for doing the right thing can help guide your pet toward the desired behavior. However, many pet owners give treats simply because of those puppy dog eyes – and yes, it is tempting to give in. Ask yourself: does the dog really need a biscuit for every appropriately followed instruction? I think not. Additionally, the kind of treats you are giving can have consequences of their own.

What's on the inside counts the most

Many dogs do not need something processed from a box or bag to be treated. They enjoy fresh fruits and veggies such as apple, carrots, green beans, plain sweet potato, or pumpkin puree as a low-calorie treat. If your dog is a bit more picky or finicky with treats, you can find some crunchy, flavorful, yet natural selections that have fruits and veggies baked in.

 

Less is more

Treats are not a necessity to sustain life; they are more for convenience and used as a reward. Keep in mind that treats should only make up about 10% of your dog’s daily dietary intake. If you start giving treats to your pet constantly, they will begin to lose their value and it will become expected instead of earned.

 

Dog Treat Rules to Live By

 

1. Don’t Poison Your Dog

I mean, that seems pretty obvious. Many pet owners have no idea that some of the everyday foods for humans are no good for your dog. Common foods that are toxic for dogs include chocolate, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, milk, raisins, apple seeds, peaches, and plums.

 

2. Keep the treats FREE

No, not FREE as in they cost nothing, but free from unnecessary or harmful ingredients. It’s not hard to find healthful and delicious treats. Aim for treats that are hormone-free, grain-free, without dyes, artificial preservatives, and sweeteners.

 

3. Sugar is not the answer

Do not offer sugar to your dog under any circumstances. It may seem sweet to you, but their digestive system can’t process sugar efficiently. Just say no!

 

4. Teach and Treat Appropriately

Treats are great for encouraging pets to be on their best behavior. Be wise with your power when using these manipulators that we call treats. The most important rule when it comes to training with treats – never reward bad behavior with something that they have not earned.

 

We all love to be treated, which is why we love to treat our pets. Just make sure the reward is just that and that healthy treats are given in moderation to promote a healthy lifestyle.