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What A Treat! The Do’s And Don’ts Of Pet Treats

Pet owners who feed a bones and raw food diet (BARF) to their dogs and cats understand just how important nutrition is to the overall health and well-being of their pets. These savvy pet parents read ingredients labels before deciding upon the best diet for their companion animal.

In talking with our clients who are strict when it comes to the food they feed their pets, one thing that many unknowingly overlook are the treats they reward their pets with. So today I thought I would touch on the do’s and don’ts of pet treats to help highlight the importance of good nutrition – from bowl to hand.

Many pet owners use treats on a daily basis. Treats are put to good use when dog owners are training, rewarding or simply giving their dog a midday snack.

Here is a list of a few good reasons to use treats:

Sealed bag of beef liver dog treats
  • Potty Training
  • Tricks and Games
  • Obedience
  • Traveling
  • Socializing

A high value treat is not only tasty for your dog but it can be a great way to motivate your dog to work very hard for that yummy snack!
What Is A “High Value” Treat?

Dog trainers recognize the hierarchy of pet treats and the different responses that dogs offer when given various forms of treats. High value treats are foods that cause dogs to drop what they’re doing and focus on you in order to get their reward. High value treats include cheese, meat, and freeze-dried or dehydrated treats. These would be the equivalent of offering a child a chocolate cookie or lollipop – they’ll stop what they’re doing and come right over!

High value treats are ideal for training because they keep your dog interested during training. They also will not harm their health when fed appropriately.

Low value treats – on the other hand – are foods that dog likes but can tire easily from. These include dog biscuits, jerky, crackers and kibble. Low value treats may be hard to chew for your dog and can cause distractions during training.
They are usually cheaper than high value treats so pet parents often rely on these for day-to-day rewards and snacks.

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