This post is sponsored by Green Bark Gummies and Pipeline Pet Products.
Here are the factors I consider when choosing treats for my dogs, generally in this order:
#1: My dogs need to find the treats highly motivating.
I’m really focused on training my dogs, so any treats I give them need to be motivating.
This is even more important to me than the ingredients in the treats.
Yes, my dogs are interested in most treats when I ask for a “sit” or “stay” in the living room.
The real question is …
Will my puppy work for the treat around distractions like other dogs, overly enthusiastic dog lovers on walks, etc.?
#2: The treats should be affordable and easy to buy.
I don’t spend a lot of money. Ask anyone who knows me.
I’m just not going to buy expensive dog treats, no matter how healthy they might be. I’m also not motivated to drive to an actual store to buy them. They need to be available online.
So … I love that Green Bark Gummies are just $4.99 per 4-ounce bag and they’re available online. Easy. Done.
#3: Safe ingredients.
I don’t go too crazy analyzing the ingredients in treats, but I do read through them and wonder why the heck some of these companies are adding things like sugar to dog treats! Same goes with unspecified “animal” by-products.
If your dog doesn’t have allergies and he’s just getting one treat here and there, the ingredients maybe don’t matter a whole lot.
But if you’re like me and feed so many treats that you have to decrease your dogs meals, then the ingredients matter quite a bit. The treats make up a large percentage of your dog’s overall diet!
First ingredients from Green Bark Gummies:
Chicken, Pea Flour, Potato Starch, Dried Ground Beet Pulp Product, Tapioca Syrup, Black Beans, Dried Ground Chia Seed, Pork Gelatin, White Fish, Chicken Fat, Bentonite, [full list]
#4: The treats are soft or easy to break.
I prefer soft treats (just a personal preference) because I use them for training and will pop 4 or 5 treats into Remy’s mouth very quickly. We can’t waste time standing around waiting for him to crunch up each treat before moving on.
It’s, “Sit.” Treat. “Heel.” Treat-treat-treat. “Sit.” Treat. “Heel.” Treat-treat-treat.
#5: Bonus points if the treats can be stuffed in puzzle toys.
Most treats are best for either training OR stuffing into Kongs and puzzle toys. But some treats will work for both.
The Green Bark Gummies work well for stuffing in the Kong bone toy we have (above). They’re a bit too small for our regular Kong.
It’s also a plus if the treats interest both my dogs and if they’re highly valued enough for dog-training class.
How do you choose your dog’s treats? Do you agree with me or do you focus on other factors?
And now … a chance to win some treats!
Giveaway – Win a bag of Green Bark Gummies for your dog (10 winners)
Just fill out the giveaway form below. It will ask for your name and email and provides multiple (easy) ways to enter the giveaway.
Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.
Contest ends at 12 a.m. midnight Saturday Oct. 15.
I’ll announce the 10 winners in my email Sunday morning. Get my dog training emails here.
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