As a dog owner, you probably give treats to either train or pamper your dog. Both parts are of course perfectly fine, but you should consider which treats you buy for your dog.
Types of treats
There are many different types of treats that partly have different contents, partly suitable for different sizes and breeds of dogs, and partly can be used for different purposes.
Training treats must be small and healthy - and of course tasty, so that the dog is motivated to earn them. Training treats do not necessarily have to be called exactly that. It can be just small pieces of food or treats in a very small size.
The reason they have to be small is that during a training situation the dog gets many, many. If the treats are large, the dog will get full along the way and may refuse more, and thus not be motivated to continue the training. Alternatively, the dog can become overweight if it is a question of large or unhealthy treats that are used for frequent training. Look for healthy and natural ingredients that are the best and healthiest choice for your dog.
Occasionally, your dog needs to be treated to a little "candy". Some use leftovers from dinner, but in that case you must be aware that there are certain foods your dog cannot tolerate. It would be a shame if your dog got sick from eating what should actually be a treat. That's why it's a good idea to buy treats that are actually made for dogs.
There are many good and natural choices that most dogs love. It can be, for example, pig 's ears , soft duck strips or chew sticks with dried meat . Your dog should not get these treats on a daily basis, but when it comes to a little extra pampering. Maybe the dog has to be alone at home, or maybe you have guests over for some good food - and therefore the four-legged member of the family also deserves a little treat.
Good for the teeth
It is a very good idea to brush your dog's teeth to avoid cavities and gingivitis. However, far from all dogs allow tooth brushing, and therefore there are alternatives in the form of treats that clean the teeth. Preferably use them as a supplement to tooth brushing, but they are of course better on their own than no effort if your dog doesn't like having his teeth brushed at all.
Alternate between Dental Delights , which have been developed for the purpose, and a good knot bone , which naturally cleans the teeth. When your dog chews on meat bones, it may well happen that the gums bleed a little. This can both be because the dog has scratched, and because there is actually a good effect against e.g. gingivitis.
It is also really good for your dog's teeth to gnaw on sticks, so you should encourage that.
Choose the right size treat
One of the most important things about choosing treats is choosing a type that fits your dog's size. Typically, it is indicated in the description or on the packaging, and there is usually an alternation between small, medium and large dogs. Choosing based on size makes sense, among other things, in relation to weight, size of mouth and throat as well as calorie intake. A small dog can simply get a pain in the neck from trying to drag around a huge bone of meat, and a large dog will be able to get a small bone of meat wrong in the throat.