5 Healthy and Safe Treat Ideas Your Dog Will Love

Jun 15, 2019     |      Sophie's Circle

Owner gives a dog a training treatIf you have accepted the challenge of eating healthier these days by cutting back on additives and preservatives in your food and you want to find safe treats that fit your new eating habits for your dog as well, continue reading for some great ideas. These healthy treats can help you bond with your best friend, distract him from less desireable behaviors, and reward him for a job well done. Besides that, he may flip for the many flavors and variety! Move over frozen broccoli and peas. Now, there are some new treat alternatives in the house!

Jerky Is Back In!
Once removed from many health-conscious human and dog pantries alike amongst a growing number of reports linking serious illness and even death with the seemingly harmless treat, the jerky is again gaining ground as a favorite option for dogs. Products made in the U.S.A. from government-inspected plants are making this comeback possible. Jerky treats made without hormones, glycerin, propylene glycol, sugar, syrup, grains, gluten meals, or other high carb fillers are hitting the market and producing happy tail wags with each purchase. Our suggestion is to start the search for jerky treats with Clear Conscious Pet Sliders or Waveland Pets Meaty Sticks. These treats meet all the safety criteria, and have a five-star review on Amazon. 

Going Grain-Free
Why sans the grains? Many pet food companies use grains in addition to overly processed low quality proteins to make food cheaper to produce. However, grains may be tough to digest for dogs, and they lack the nutritional value dogs need to look and perform at their best. Grains have been suggested to be the cause of such issues as bowel inflammation disorders, food sensitivities, food allergies, leaky gut and obesity. That said, humans are still learning about the impact of grains on the canine's digestive tract and overall health. Here is an informative article to learn more on the grain-free dog food debate that was written by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

If you decide to go with a grain-free treat for your dog, some highly rated picks include: Blue Buffalo's Wilderness Trail Treats, Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Dog Treats, and Luke's Lil' Links. These are all excellent treat options for dogs with food sensitivies or allergies. There are different flavors to try for dogs with specific meat sensitivities or flavor preferences. 

Trusted Organic Treats
When only the best will do for your beloved furry companion, you can expect him to drool over these delicious snack time favs: Wet Noses Natural Treats, Organix Castor & Pollux Dog Cookies, and 4Legz All Natural Crunchy Non-GMO Dog Treats. These options are perfect for training or rewarding. Mix and match to increase the interest or save up your dog's top choice for special occasions.

Safer Longer
As the pet food ingredient debates continue to heat up in the media, going raw with a freeze-dried process is becoming an increasingly popular choice for pet owners looking for safe treat options. This is where the food item is flash frozen, moisture is removed, and the vacuum sealed packaging ensures it stays fresher for longer spans of time without added preservatives. Not to mention, these are also awesome travel treats! If you would like to try one, may we recommend Stella & Chewy's Raw Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties, Sojo's Simply Dog Treats, or PureBites Freeze-Dried Dog Treats? While these brands come pup approved per the reviews on Amazon, any limited ingredient freeze-dried dog treat that is made in the U.S.A. should be safe.

Made in Your Own Kitchen
We know there are some fabulously creative cooks out there who are searching for a recipe their dogs will learn new tricks to taste. This site offers some delish sounding instructions for making snacks or food rewards your best friend will surely appreciate! As an added benefit, you know what goes into the treats when they are made at home.

In short, there are a lot of fantastic dog treat options that are both safe and nutritious. Those listed above are just some of the variety available you can feel good about giving to your pet. While the more limited the ingredients the better you can monitor your dog for food allergies or other health concerns, more studies may be needed to show if grain-free is best for all canines. It is important before making any dietary changes to seek the advice of your veterinarian. Please also remember to break treats apart for smaller dogs and follow your vet's counsel on your pet's daily caloric intake closely to prevent overeating or choking hazards. Looking for a dog to love and feed these treats to? You can perform a search online in our database of rescues to find the lucky adoptee who is right for you and your lifestyle.