Did you know that there’s a very special doggy holiday coming up? February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Treats are definitely pretty high on the list of Fido’s favorite things, and are an important part of any good dog care routine. Just be sure to put your pet’s health and safety first when choosing—and offering—snacks. Here, a Grayson, GA vet discusses doggy treats.
Treats can make great training aids! When working with your canine buddy, it’s important to make him form good associations with desired behavior. Offering your pup a yummy tidbit for doing something right is a great way to do this. When training, use small snacks, like pieces of deli meat or cut up hot dogs.
We can’t really discuss doggy treats without delving into Fido’s penchant for begging. There are some very theatrical pooches out there! We know, it can be hard to resist that furry face. However, don’t let your pet convince you to overindulge him. You may end up spoiling your dog, or making him obese!
When buying treats, get into the habit of reading labels. Look for products that list meat as the first and most numerous ingredient. Ideally, the ingredients label for Fido’s snacks list be things you can actually identify. If you only see scientific jargon, opt for something else. We recommend choosing things made in North America, where pet products are subject to stricter regulations.
If you like cooking, you can make Fido homemade treats. You’ll find some great recipes online! Just be sure to use only dog-friendly ingredients. Some good ones are shredded meat, fish, or poultry; cheese; eggs; sodium-free broth; wheat-germ oil; pureed pumpkin; bacon bits; and peanut butter. Ask your vet for specific advice, including information on safe and unsafe foods.
Treats can help you hack your dog care routine! Does Fido hates bathtime? Call him into the tub, and then give him a snack and let him go. You can also use snacks to teach your pup to accept having his nails clipped. Have your pooch give you a paw, then rub the clippers over his toe without cutting. Next, give your furry pal a treat and release him!
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? We can help! Please contact us, your Grayson, GA pet hospital, anytime.