Dog treats serve several purposes including rewards for good behavior, satisfaction of chewing needs, and prevention of boredom. No matter which reason or purpose leads you to select treats for your dog, they probably serve more than one purpose at any given time.
Treats, often used as positive reinforcement for good behavior, can also serve as a means of allowing dog and master to bond more closely. Dogs easily associate a particular individual with the treats that he acquires from him. Therefore, the dog may begin to eagerly await the appearance of the individual who supplies the most treats. Additionally, your dog will learn to associate certain types of behavior as the ones that lead to the appearance of a treat or two.
Substituting treats in place of your dog’s regular diet is not a good idea. It is important to continue to provide your dog with his daily nutritional meals. Additionally, it is even more important to keep an eye on your dog’s weight. If he seems to be putting on more weight than he should, perhaps you will need to cut back on the number of treats that you are feeding him.
When providing treats for your dog, consider the needs and characteristics of your dog. What kind of chewer is your dog? Is your dog a dainty chewer that is content to gnaw daintily and slowly, content to simply taste his treat, and let it last a while? Maybe your dog is an aggressive chewer that rips right into his treat and shreds it to bits in a matter of mere seconds.
We all know that dogs come in all sizes and shapes. Therefore, it should follow that aggressive chewers and dainty chewers come in all sizes and shapes as well. Know what kind of chewer your dog is so that you can meet his chewing needs properly.
No matter what breed your dog is, purchase a treat that is appropriate not only for his size but also for his temperament. Moreover, take into consideration additional factors including the dog’s age, health, and activity level. Don’t forget about his personal likes and dislikes either. Your dog may develop a preference for one flavor over another.
Compressed rawhide bones are the perfect solution for an aggressive dog that simply cannot take his time no matter what kind of treat you give him. A process that compresses layers of beef hide under extreme pressure produces most rawhide bones. Typically, these bones are very dense and therefore, they make excellent treats for the dog that is an aggressive chewer.
Thick, chewy rolls are also excellent treats for the aggressive chewer in your family. Rolls are often considered safer than bones since knots that can easily be gnawed off do not exist on the ends. The chewiness and thickness of the roll allow the dog to have more time enjoying his treat.
Nylabone treats double as an enjoyable treat with a longer chewing life as well as a dental hygiene tool. The raised bumps on the treat are designed to help to remove dental plaque from your dog’s teeth. Additionally, they massage your dog’s gums to help keep them healthy.
Treats should be purchased in the right size for your dog as well. A treat that is too large for your dog will not provide much chewing satisfaction. Likewise, a treat that is too small for your dog will not provide much chewing satisfaction either.
So, scout around in the pet store, supermarket, or online for the available flavors, sizes, and kinds of dog treats. Allow your dog to sample a few different kinds with your first few purchases. After that, narrow your selection down to the ones that your pet seems to enjoy as well as the ones that seem to satisfy your pet’s chewing needs.