Treating Do’s & Don’ts

Treating Do’s & Don’ts

Your dog is loved more than words can tell and in return is a loving companion. So, you would take every opportunity to spoil them with treats. You can find dog treats in pet supply stores, grocery stores, home & ranch stores, online retailers, and you can make them at home. They are accessible and are always well received. Even so, there are some Do’s and Don’ts when feeding dog treats to your dog.

Treating Do’s

1) Dog Treats are a great way to train your dog. Rewarding good behavior with dog treats will help your dog become the well-mannered pup you knew they could be. Over time, you can decrease the amount of treats given for a particular behavior, and your dog will behave without the dog treats.

2) Always read the ingredient label of any dog treat purchased online or in-store. Analyzing the label helps you identify any ingredients that may not be ideal for your dog. If your dog has allergies, it is important to watch out for any ingredients that may trigger undesirable reactions in your pet. Otherwise, the dog treat may end up harming instead of providing enjoyment.

3) Be sure to observe feeding guide recommendations when feeding your dog a dog treat. Calories count, and you wouldn’t want your pup to put on any unnecessary weight. Sometimes, you may need the expertise of a vet to help you determine the right amount of dog treats for your dog. Young, active dogs may be able to enjoy more dog treats than older dogs, as aging dogs rarely involve themselves with more strenuous types of physical activity.

4) Your dog should have a bowl designated for both its food and water. If you are feeding dog treats, they should be fed in a clean, well-maintained bowl or by hand. Just like human beings, dogs too may not be happy about eating from dirty bowls or plates.

5) Give your dog some space when he is with the treat. Dogs do not like interference at feeding time, and most likely would like a little peace when fed a treat.

6) Always provide fresh, clean water when feeding dog treats. Never disregard the importance of clean water, whether he is eating food or a special treat.

Treating Don’ts

1) Do not over-feed dog treats. Your dog still needs to consume plenty of food at mealtimes. While dog treats can contain essential nutrients, your dog should consume food for their primary nutrition.

2) Do not feed human snacks and junk food to treat your dog. Just like such foods provide more calories than necessary to your body, feeding too many treats can harm your dog. Avoid giving your dog chocolate! Chocolate can be harmful to your pet, so make sure it is out of their reach.

3) Dog treats can be used to reward good behavior. Don’t feed a treat to a dog that is excited, jumping around, climbing on things, etc. Treating your dog when they are hyper will reinforce negative behaviors. A treat should be given when the dog is calm. Wait until he or she is sitting or lying down and waiting patiently.

4) Do not give treats during mealtimes. Give a treat when the dog is hungry enough for a treat, but never replace regular, nutritious meals. Treats are a great way to reward and train your dog. Knowing the right kinds of treats for your dog, the ideal amount to give, and the best times to give treats are crucial to the health of your pet.

These simple do’s and don’ts will ensure you can treat your canine pal and still maintain a proper and healthy diet.