As pet owners, you like to pamper your four-legged friend once in a while. But it's really important to give your dog healthy snacks. After all, what's the point of offering a well-balanced meal and then undoing all that goodness with unhealthy dog treats? Choosing a healthy treat contributes to a long and happy life for your pet!
As pet parents, we are well aware of how much our pooches enjoy biscuits as treats. They are extremely effective, can be used for positive reinforcement training, and are also a great way to show your love and affection. Because dogs are social animals, they benefit from the social aspect of treatment – an act of sharing from pet parent to pooch. Therefore, when used correctly, dog biscuits are very effective in strengthening the bond between dogs and their owners.
However, there is more to dog biscuits than most pet parents think! The right kind of dog kibble offers benefits that go beyond being a training and bonding aid. Some of them are listed below…
A perfect healthy snack in between meals
Dog biscuits are essentially a dietary 'pick up', similar to the snacks we eat between meals. A wonderfully crunchy treat like Goofy Tails Dog Biscuits is key to keeping dogs active and energized throughout the day.
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Act as a supplement to your dog’s diet
While the wrong treats (snacks or human food) can cause serious health problems, the right treats (designed specifically for dogs) can actually supplement your pet's diet. Goofy Tails Biscuits are packed with good protein and are also a great source of calcium, making them an ideal treat to meet your dog's daily nutritional requirements.
Help ease your dog in a new/uncomfortable situation
Dog biscuits are also useful if you are trying to prepare your dog for a new place or an uncomfortable situation. For example, at a veterinary clinic, in a grooming salon or at home if your pooch is cowering in fear of a new visit. By treating your pooch with dog biscuits in these situations, you can teach them to associate these places or situations with something positive.
Can be used for mentally stimulating games
It is very important to keep your pets mentally stimulated and dog biscuits can definitely help with that. You can use dog biscuits with puzzle toys, interactive toys and treat dispenser toys. You could also go the DIY route and engage your pooch in a sniffing game of ‘Guess Which Hand’, ‘Guess Which Cup’, or a simple treasure hunt in the house, wherein you hide the biscuit in one of your hands, under one of three cups, or in hard-to-reach places in your home. These games make dogs work for their treat by making them sniff and point to it, a highly interactive and stimulating way to keep dogs busy.
But what is a healthy treat?
Because treats can play such a vital role, it's important to make sure they don't have an adverse effect on your health. For example, too many unhealthy treats can lead to obesity, which in turn leads to health problems and reduced quality of life.
So what makes a healthy treat?
- Natural ingredients
- No added sugar or unhealthy chemical additives
- Easily recognizable ingredients so you know what you are feeding your dog
- Treats that have been prepared in a healthy way. Foods that have been slow-cooked at a low temperature retain their nutritional quality.
Although dog treats are healthy, they can never replace a balanced diet in the long run. Instead, treats should be viewed as exactly that: a pleasant addition to a dog's daily diet. It's the dog equivalent of having a piece of chocolate after dinner. The number of treats should never exceed 5-10% of the daily amount of calories your dog is allowed to eat. We recommend that you note this: it is so easy to give your pet more treats than is really good for them.
Healthy treats like dog biscuits are important for your furry friend as they can help with positive association, training and engagement and can even promote long-term health.
When it comes to choosing the right kind, make sure they are bite sized and crunchy dog biscuits that contain protein. If you're looking to treat your pooch to something new, Goofy Tails has a range of gluten-free biscuits - Peanut Butter Chicken, Pomegranate Chicken, and Apple Banana Flavored biscuits. While it may be hard for your pooch to resist this variation of lip smacking biscuits, it's important to give the treat responsibly. Always check the back of the package for feeding instructions or consult your veterinarian. Remember to treat and reward your dog only for behaviors you tolerate and not for naughty behaviors such as jumping, barking or begging at the dinner table.