Dogs love treats and chances are that your dog will be happy to eat any treats you give him, whether they are homemade or bought in a store.  However, some treats can be better than others from a nutritional viewpoint.

 

Homemade treats

Homemade treats have lots of advantages for your dog.  You can use any ingredients you and your dog like.  If he has some preferences like, for example, blueberries, you can make him blueberry treats or doggy muffins with blueberries.  If he is crazy about tuna, there are lots of great treat recipes for tuna cookies and tuna treats for dogs.  You can give him exactly what he likes best.

 

With homemade treats you control the quality of the ingredients, too.  You can use the same ingredients that you  would use for your own family.  You know the ingredients are healthy and safe for your dog.  You can also use organic ingredients if you prefer or buy from local farmers.

 

You can also produce just as many or as few of the treats as you want to make.  You can quadruple a recipe and make lots of treats 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 make sure that you only use ingredients that are safe for your dog to eat and avoid using any items that might trigger a reaction in your dog.

 

And, homemade treats are usually delicious.  Dogs will love them.  You can give him treats right out of the oven.  Nothing says, “I love you” quite like baking for your dog.

 

Store bought treats

There are some great store bought treats, too.  Of course, some commercial treats have questionable ingredients and you will probably want to avoid them, just as there are some lower quality dog foods.  You should avoid treats that use animal digest or bi-products, for example.  But there are some very good treats made by reputable companies that use human grade ingredients, organic ingredients, and which have good reputations.  These would certainly be good treats to give your dog.

 

Three Dog Bakery makes good treats using natural ingredients for dogs with many creative flavors.  Old Mother Hubbard is a company that’s been around for a long time and which is known for making healthy treats using human grade ingredients for dogs, and there are others.  If you feed your dog a good quality dog food, the company that makes the food probably makes dog treats, too, so check the store to see if they carry them.

 

Conclusion

If you have the time to make homemade dog treats for your dog, your dog will love them.  They are always wonderful.  But if you don’t have time or if you hate to bake, don’t feel bad.  There are still some very good store bought dog treats that your dog will love.