Homemade treats have many benefits for your dog. You can use any ingredient that you and your dog like. If she has preferences like blueberries, you can make blueberry treats or blueberry dog muffins for her. If you’re crazy about tuna, there are plenty of great recipes for tuna crackers and tuna dog treats. You can give her exactly what she likes the most.
With homemade sweets you also control the quality of the ingredients. You can use the same ingredients that you would use for your own family. You know that the ingredients are healthy and safe for your dog. You can also use organic ingredients if you prefer or buy them from local farmers.
You can also produce as many goodies as you want. You can quadruple a recipe and make a lot of goodies so you can freeze them. Or you can make a small batch to see how your dog likes them. In most cases, when you make treats yourself, you will end up saving money because you can buy ingredients in bulk or when they are on sale.
If your dog has allergies, you can ensure that you only use ingredients that are safe for your dog to eat and avoid using items that can trigger a reaction in your dog.
And the homemade treats are usually delicious. Dogs will love them. You can give him treats fresh from the oven. Nothing says “I love you” like baking for your dog.
Store bought treats
There are also some goodies that are bought in stores. Of course, some commercial treats have questionable ingredients and you’ll probably want to avoid them, just like there are some lower-quality dog foods. You should avoid treats that use animal digestion or by-products, for example. But there are some great treats made by reputable companies that use human-grade ingredients, organic ingredients, and are reputable. These would certainly be good treats to give your dog.
Three Dog Bakery makes great natural ingredient treats for dogs with lots of creative flavors. Old Mother Hubbard is a long-standing company that is known for making healthy treats with human-grade ingredients for dogs, and there are others. If you feed your dog good quality dog food, the company that makes the food probably makes dog treats too, so visit the store to see if they have any.
If you have time to make homemade treats for your dog, your dog will love them. They are always wonderful. But if you don’t have time or if you hate baking, don’t feel bad. There are still some great store bought dog treats that your dog will love.