Natural Dog Treats for Most Loyal Companion

naturaldogtreatWe can see them every time we walk into the store. Dog treats line the shelves. Some claim that they are natural, but with all of the preservatives and ingredients they contain you can never be too sure. The next time you are in a store just pick up a bag on dog treats to see what ingredients are in them. You are likely going to see a few ingredients you recognize and can pronounce, but you will also see a lot of ingredients that have very long names that no one can pronounce, much less tell you what the ingredient is.

These added ingredients are nothing more than preservatives and additives that have little to do with the overall health of the dog. Some of these ingredients can even be detrimental to the dog’s overall health. Most treat containers will tell you that the treat is only to be used as a treat and not the primary source of nutrition for the dog. It is true that a treat should be used as a treat, but the mere fact that they put that statement on the packaging should be a statement about the health of the ingredients the treat contains.

What Dog’s Should Eat

Dog treats in the store contain an average of 15 and up to 30 different ingredients within them. Even if they claim that they are all natural, that number of ingredients is just unnecessary. Some of the healthiest foods for dogs are the simplest. You have to remember that dogs were once wild and untamed. They did not have a lot of ingredients to choose from in the wild. They ate one ingredient at a time and those ingredients were not even cooked. The mere fact that all of these insane ingredients come in supposedly all natural treats can confuse the dog’s system and can bring on ailments and health issues that could easily be avoided by true all natural ingredients.

Treats should be made from simple ingredients. There is no need for a long list of complicated ingredients that are not essential to the dog’s overall health. All natural means that if the label states that it is a chicken, liver, or even a vegetable derived treat then that ingredient should be the primary ingredient. There are a number of natural dog treats on the shelves in local grocery stores, but you have to be diligent in your pursuit and read the ingredients contained within the treat.

Not to Be Primary Source of Nutrition

A dog’s physical makeup is a complicated one. Just like humans they need a variety of nutrients to ensure that they overall health needs are met. Even if you are buying an all natural dog treat product if that is the only form of nutrition you are providing for your dog, he is likely not getting the adequate nutrition he needs in order to live a healthy and productive life. Treats should primarily be used as a reward system for the dog’s accomplishments.

When the treat is used as a reward for the dog it gives him something to look forward to. Taking that motivating aspect away by giving him the treat all the time makes treats of no use and therefore does the dog no real good. Happy and healthy dogs love getting a little something extra for accomplishing a task. We humans can understand this. I am certain that you have rewarded yourself at some point by going out and getting you a treat for your accomplishments and it is our duty to provide our dogs with that same feeling of accomplishment.

A Bone is Not a Treat

Many people use bones as a means to treat their dog. This should not be considered a treat. A bone is merely a way to keep dogs busy and should not be given as a treat. Bones are not really edible and more a product used to allow the dog to chew and strengthen his teeth. All natural dog treats are edible and provide a certain amount of nutritional elements. The all natural ingredients provided are even safe for humans to eat, although it is unlikely that you will see a human eating them for a snack.

Dog treats are a great way to train you dog and can be purchased practically anywhere that sells standard dog food. If you are pressed for time in your daily routine it is perfectly fine to purchase dog treats as long as the ingredients are truly all natural. If however your schedule allows for time, making dogs treats is highly beneficial because you are able to control the ingredients within the product. No matter which avenue you choose, as long as you are using the treats in the correct manner and there are no harmful substances present they should be used.

Liver – Dogs will do anything for them

7312550XSmall-liver_largeA guaranteed way to make your dog happy is to use liver treats. Whilst you can get these from places such as Pets At Home they are also very easy to make yourself and are a great training tool
Why should I consider liver treats?

Vitamin A

Like a lot of things too much can cause damage. Liver is quite rich in Vitamin A so be careful. So, how much is too much? As liver is mainly used for treats you shouldn’t have to worry too much. It is generally considered that Organ mean should be no more than around 10% of the total diet

Organic Liver for dogs

The function of the liver is to remove toxic waste from the body, it is therefore generally considered that using organic liver will have less toxins and not been fed with steroids and other toxins like a certain fast food chain chickens are. . For this reason many people recommend organic calf liver. Since the calf is young, it will have a minimal amount of build-up compared to an adult.

Smelly

Liver is very smelly when you drying it. Personally I like the smell but not everyone does so it is highly advisable to open some windows whilst drying out liver or making your dogs favorite liver cake

Cleansing Up the Mess

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Liver cakes, liver biscuits, dried liver are a great starting pint if you are just discovering making your own treats and will provide lots of treats for positive reinforcement and the recipes are simple

Show Your Dog Some Love

chihuahua-624924_640Dogs are more than just a pet they are part of the family and we all love to spoil them. What better way to show your love than to make some homemade dog treats and the best bit is you know exactly what is in them.

The best homemade dog treats are the ones that are made with ingredients that we purchase from the supermarket.

Show Me the Biscuit

The great thing about cooking for your four legged friend is that you don’t need to be an expert. They really don’t care what it looks like as long as it smells and tastes great. The other great thing is you do not need anything fancy and probably have the ingredients in your cupboard Feel free to experiment a bit and have some fun! Mix and bake your dog treats like regular cookies, but take out the sugar and add ingredients such as vegetables, chicken or beef bouillon, or peanut butter. You’ll most likely want to make your homemade dog treats a little thicker than the typical cookie, so be sure to increase the baking time. When your homemade dog treats are done, guaranteed someone you know (your dog, of course!) will be willing and eager to test them for you. Keep track of his favourites!

Everything in Moderation

Chances are your dog will go wild over his homemade dog treats, and that will make you feel great! It’s hard not to spoil your dog when he’s so appreciative, but keep in mind that dog treats should make up no more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily diet. Also make sure to watch the fat content in your dog’s treats, and stay on the safe side by sticking to lower-fat versions. If you are modifying human cookie recipes, make sure to never use chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes, or macadamia nuts in your dog treats, as these ingredients are all highly toxic to dogs.

So at the end of the day don’t worry to much about what it looks like and have fun and be creative.

About Homemade Dog Treats

7In this era of processed food it is becoming harder and harder to know what is harmful and what is not. Humans are becoming ever more mindful of what we put into our bodies and the move towards natural, healthy eating is gathering momentum. At the same time, more and more of us are looking towards a more natural way of eating for our pets, aware that many mass produced pet foods may contain additives and chemicals, as well as low quality, low grade ‘animal derivatives’ which are potentially harming our animals and even possibly shortening their lifespan. Even dog treats can contain these unnatural ingredients and those which are healthier are quite often much more expensive.

So a good way of ensuring our dogs get to eat healthily is to cook for them. Many dog treats can be made at home using ingredients we already have in our store cupboards or can be bought cheaply from supermarkets and high street shops.

Before you start your dog on his new healthy eating regime of home-made treats, here are a couple of things you need to think about first. Number one is his calorie intake. If you want to feed him extra treats be aware that you will need to reduce proportionally the amount of food you give him at feeding time. Treats can quickly increase the calories leading to your pooch becoming overweight, with attendant problems. So watch the intake! This is especially important for smaller dogs or senior dogs, who may not be able to burn off the excess calories.

Does your dog have allergies

Secondly, consider whether or not your dog is allergic to any foods such as grains or wheat, which dogs cannot digest very easily and which are often a source of allergic reactions such as itchy skin or stomach upset.

The third thing to remember is that some of the foodstuffs which we humans love are toxic for dogs. Chocolate in particular can be very dangerous; it contains a chemical called theobromine which can cause heart problems in dogs so feeding chocolate to Fido is a definite no-no! Onions, raisins, grapes, avocado and the seeds of fruits such as melon are also things which you should never give to your dog. This list is not exhaustive so, if in doubt, do your research first; your veterinarian is an excellent source of information.

Homemade treats don’t have to cost the earth to make nor are they difficult or time-consuming. For example, simple fish-flavoured biscuits can be put together using just 1lb rolled oats, 8 fl oz fish stock (preferably reduced salt) and 2½ grated parmesan cheese. Simply mix together, roll out to about ½” wide then cut into shapes and bake on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes at 190C/375F/Gas mark 5. Store in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredients to use

You can use common store-cupboard ingredients like rice (brown is best), rolled oats, honey, cheese and peanut butter. The fruit and vegetables that we eat are equally good for our dogs; sweet potato, carrots, peas, butternut squash, green beans, any (pitted or non-seeded) fruit. If your dog decides he likes these things then mix away! You could have fun experimenting with making up your own recipes and many home-made treats are easy to store using good airtight containers, and are excellent for taking with you on days away.

So try it; your dog deserves good quality treats doesn’t he?

Homemade is Healthier!

6Making treats at home for your dog can be a very rewarding thing to do. It may be easier to just go to a pet food store and buy stuff off the shelf but, as we are increasingly aware these days, some of the ingredients that go into mass produced, processed pet food and pet treats can be bad for the health of our pets.

Steer away from commercially produced treats

It is widely thought among many veterinarians and health care professionals, and indeed many studies have shown, that commercially mass produced dog food and dog treats are not necessarily the best thing for your dog. There are many good quality products on the market but these are often prohibitively expensive to buy and unfortunately the cheaper ones often contain ingredients which have the potential to cause serious illnesses in dogs such as diabetes, skin problems and even cancer.

The ingredients are probably already at hand

It is so easy to rustle up some homemade biscuits for your dog just using basic store cupboard ingredients like oats, peanut butter, honey, among other things. One of the simplest things to make are dried liver treats; liver strips baked in the oven and stored in the fridge. What dog wouldn’t love those! The food which we eat, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables can all be utilised to make dog treats or to simply add to his regular food. By using ingredients which are already in your cupboards you could save money too.

Looking after your dog’s health

The primary advantage to this of course is that it is much healthier for your dog because he will be getting something nutritious and wholesome. By making treats yourself you can regulate what goes into his food. You can better control his calorie and fat intake and you can be sure that he is not consuming any nasty additives, preservatives or chemicals which could make him ill. If your dog has any medical conditions, allergies or special dietary needs you can match your recipes exactly to your dog’s requirements. Always take advice from your veterinarian though if you’re unsure regarding any medical conditions.

And when we’re talking about treats we can include toy treats, which can also be expensive to buy and are often brightly-coloured plastic things with who knows what chemicals in them? Dogs are just as happy playing tug-of-war with the leg of an old pair of denims. A hardwood log or an old tyre – properly cleaned of course – will provide many hours of chewy fun.

How and When Should Treats Be Used?

4We love our dogs and we show our love by giving them treats. Many people regard their dog as their baby, lavishing on them various gifts and comforts which we imagine make life better for our dogs. But our dogs, as loving and smart as they are, are not just small furry people and we must be careful of how much we treat them. So how should we treat our furry friends?

Be careful with treats

The easiest and most obvious way to show love and affection for our dogs is by giving them food treats. The danger with this of course is that we can easily overfeed them and make them fat, in turn making them ill with obesity related conditions like arthritis, diabetes and heart problems. This is the last thing we want as we want our pets to live long, healthy and happy lives with us. So ideally, food treats should be given with a purpose. First of all, if you give extra food treats to your dog then you should also proportionally reduce the amount of his regular food so as to balance out the number of calories he consumes in a day.

Secondly, dogs need to be stimulated mentally as well as physically and they love to have a job to do, so a good idea is to make him work for his extra treats. You can buy interactive feeding bowls from good pet stores or internet websites into which you place either treats or his regular dry food. The object for the dog is to work out how to get the food out and also to slow down the rate of eating, a boon if your dog is a bolt-eater! A Kong toy does the same thing; place in it a mixture of, say, peanut butter and dry biscuit and watch as Fido works out the best way to empty the Kong.

Choose your moments

Remember though, that a treat is only a treat if it is given sporadically, or as a reward for good behaviour. If treats are available all day long there is not so much enjoyment for the dog if it’s just a part of his routine. Also, you – as the pack leader – should always be in control of when he has a treat, not him!

It doesn’t always have to be edible

Finally, treats don’t always have to involve food. Dogs get bored with the same old toys and love to get new ones. So use toys in the same way as the food treats – to reward him, and keep him stimulated and happy.

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