How to Select the Right Pet Treat
When purchasing a pet treat, it’s important to take into consideration the size of the dog and recommend an item that is appropriate. Too large, and he will not play with it. Too small, and he could potentially choke. ANY new pet treat that is given to a dog should be supervised initially to make sure that there are no problems.
Consider what kind of chewer the dog is. Does he like to chew, and chew hard, until a treat is all gone? Then the owner must either limit the amount of treats he is given, or select treats that will last a long time. Same with toys. A tough, dedicated chewer can make mincemeat of a stuffed toy in no time, so select a tougher item like a dental chew for him. Remember, a really sincere chewer can ultimately get through virtually any toy.
Decide what the treat will be for. If it is a training reward, it should be small; preferably dry, so you can readily pocket it; able to be eaten quickly; and appealing to the dog. Are you looking for a reward for good behavior? Perhaps a biscuit or a favorite treat. Are you trying to alleviate boredom? Many products help keep a dog’s attention off destructive behaviors.
What about rawhide? Available in many types, sizes and flavors, most dogs love rawhide treats. Rawhide treats come in many varieties. Double knot bones usually last longer, retriever rolls are fairly long lasting, and chips less so.
Pressed rawhide cannot be crunched up easily and has been known to last many times longer than regular rawhide.
Crunchy rawhide is not very long-lasting, but many dogs seem to really enjoy it. As with any new product, supervise for a while until you are sure that your dog is not one of those few who will tear off a small chunk and try to ingest it. And, of course, remove a pet treat when it gets to be too small for him.
Don’t forget to consider pig ears, bacon rolls, and other unusual rawhide items that your dog may love. Keep in mind that rawhide softens as it is chewed, so one should always supervise a pet when chewing rawhide.
For tougher chewing dogs, consider purchasing indestructible balls, Jolly Balls, Black Kong® toys, Galileo Nylabones®, Nylabone® Hercules, or rope tugs. Their treats can include hard rubber bones, pressed rawhide, and real bones.
Finally, Kong® chews and stuffed bones can provide hours of stimulating entertainment. Anything that can be stuffed with treats or goodies, like Kong dental chews stuffed with liver paste, will help keep a dog occupied and out of trouble.
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