My body is a temple….at least that is what I try to remind myself when I’m reaching for yet another Jammie dodger! Our dogs on the other hand are not so restrained and will generally eat whatever we put in front of them. So, it’s up to us to source the best quality, most nutritious snacks we can!
Loki only weights 7.5kg and is a Poodle Jack Russell cross, both breeds are well known for being notoriously fussy with food! When I say I’ve tried most of the treats on the market I’m not exaggerating, so I thought I’d share my findings here to save you guys the trouble and the money searching for the best of the best!
Training treats were probably the hardest thing for me to get right. I remember taking Loki to puppy classes where you are encouraged to reward at such a high rate that within 10 minutes he’s absolutely stuffed to bursting! You might be lucky and have a dog that’s happy with chopped up carrot, fresh chicken, peas or sweet potato alas Loki is not one of those dogs!
Soft treats are one of the best options for training because they can be broken into small pieces so you get more for your money and your dog will never know 😉 There are so many options out there whether its crunchy, biscuit, pate, soft baked, all natural or just veg we’re going to have a look at my top picks!
What am I looking for in a dog treat…?
Did you know that just like human grade food pet food (including treats) ingredients must be listed in order of weight! So, whatever those first ingredients are that is what will be making up the bulk of your dog’s food/treats.
Now let’s get onto the tough stuff, I’m talking proper chews the kind that’ll keep those pups busy for a good 10 minutes at least not just 10 seconds!
I’m sure you’ve all by now heard how bad raw hide is for our dogs. If treated this stuff is full of chemicals, bleached, dyed and glued and mostly indigestible! Fear not there are so many other great alternatives.
I’ll kick this one off with a like for like from Earth-Animal. We were kindly gifted a chew at Crufts last year and I really rated this chew. They contain all-natural ingredients like” Salmon, Brown Rice Flour, Agar-Agar, Organic Eggs, Olive Oil, Banana Powder, Bromelain (Pineapple).” Available in a range of flavours and sizes to suit all dogs.
If that has not totally blown your mind how about venturing into something a little more primal! Rabbit ears, tails, legs, skin…. Yes yes I completely agree that dog treats that as my mum would say “ Still very much look like the animal they came from” are a scary prospect but I promise you your dog will love you for it!
Animal fur is a natural wormer so that’s got to be a huge bonus. They are guaranteed grain & gluten free, high in protein and so nutritious. JR Pet Products are my go to for delectable body parts and they have such a massive range and even have products that are low in odour or low fat.
All products listed are tried, tested and approved by my furry friend Loki with many available in the Barkley Grange shop.
Let us know if you try any of the products recommended and tell us what your pups thought!
Until next time…