Giving your dog a treat is the perfect way to show your love and appreciation for everything he/she does. If you're trying to teach your canine companion a basic recall command, for instance, you can reward him with a treat when he successfully returns. Reward-based training such as this is far more effective than punishment-based training, which is why so many professional trainers recommend the use of treats. But with so many different types on the market, how do you know what are the best dog treats?
Beef Dog Jerky
One of the most popular types of dog treats on the market is jerky. Jerky dog treats are made by cutting premium cuts of meat into strips, after which the strips are dehydrated and seasoned for flavor. Jerky treats aren't particularly long-lasting, as most dogs cobble them up in less than a minute. As a result, however, jerky treats are considered safer than other treats because dogs are less likely to choke on them.
Some of the most popular meats used in dog treat jerky include beef, pork, chicken and turkey.
Another excellent treat that your dog is sure to love is pig ears. This all-natural product is an excellent source of protein. Furthermore, the savory flavor is guaranteed to create a mouth-watering and tail-wagging response. And assuming you buy your pig ear treats at Dog Treat House, you don't have to worry about added hormones, artificial dyes, preservatives or byproducts. It's a safe, all-natural product that's not loaded in potentially harmful chemicals.
Of course, you can always make your own dog treats from home. Some owners make peanut butter treats using just a few basic ingredients and baking them in the oven. The problem with homemade treats, however, is that you really don't know how your dog will respond to them. If your dog is allergic to one or more ingredients in the homemade treat, he could exhibit symptoms like itching, scratching, sneezing and digestive issues.
Check for Recalls
Before buying new dog treats, you should first check to see if there's been a recall issued on the product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't just regulate food for human consumption; it also regulates dog food, including treats. So, when a particular dog treat product is believed to be tainted with salmonella, toxins or other harmful ingredients, the FDA and/or the manufacturer may issue a recall.
You can see if there's a recall for your dog treat product either by searching for the product online or by looking at DogFoodAdvisor. It should go without saying that feeding your dog a recalled treat is a bad idea.
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