Looking for some healthy treats you can give your puppy? Look no further!
Who can resist those begging puppy eyes?! Like people, dogs appreciate good food.
In theory, your puppy doesn’t need treats, if he’s already on a nutritious and balanced diet. But let’s be honest, treats are extremely useful for training and keeping your ‘Doodle occupied.
However, not all human food is suitable for dogs, and many commercial treats are loaded with unhealthy preservatives and sugar. Finding ideas for healthy treats can be a bit of a problem, huh?
In this article, we've rounded up a list of our favorite healthy treats you can give your puppy - that both of you will feel good about!
Nearly all dogs will love a fruity sweet-treat! Just remember to avoid canned fruit in syrup or with added sugar; instead opt for fresh fruits and berries.
- Apples - An apple a day might not keep the vet away, but after you've removed the seeds and core, this nutrient-rich fruit makes the perfect doggy snack.
- Blueberries - Blueberries are an excellent treat you can give your puppy. They’re the perfect size, and they offer healthy antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Watermelon - Who doesn't love fresh watermelon?! Remove the rind and the seeds, and watermelon makes a tasty hydrating snack for warm summer days.
- Bananas - Most dogs will go bananas for this treat! ???? We all know that bananas have lots of health benefits, and it’s something that you’re likely to have in your kitchen anyway. But this fruit is best given in moderation, due to it’s high sugar content.
- Cantaloupe - Rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamins, this sweet melon is a hydrating and beneficial snack for your pup. Don’t forget to remove the seeds and rind!
Thanks to their natural sweetness, most ‘Doodles like fruits. But what about vegetables? Are there any veggie treats you can give your puppy? The answer is a definite yes!
- Green Beans - This crunchy source of greens and fiber is another excellent choice. The fresh beans are the best, but the cooked ones are ok too – just leave off the salt and seasonings when feeding to your pup.
- Cucumbers - like watermelon, cucumbers have high water content, making them especially tasty on summer days. Slice some cucumbers for a easy, simple treat you can share with your furry friend.
- Carrots - Carrots are rich in nutrients like fiber, and vitamin A. Most dogs will eat carrots raw or cooked. Just be sure to cut up raw carrots in small pieces – to prevent choking – and you’ll have a healthy reward!
- Peas - Dogs can eat peas too! Whether frozen or fresh, peas are great treats to give your puppy: they’re already in bite size pieces. Just keep a few handy when training, or toss a few in with his kibble – easy peasy!
If you’re not into giving your puppy ‘people food’, there are lots and lots of options when it comes to commercial treats.
Just be sure to check the ingredients before you buy – a lot of commercial doggy treats are full of unnecessary calories, sugar, and unhealthy ingredients, and can contribute to obesity.
Chew sticks, a Kong toy filled with peanut butter, or grain free treats from a brand you trust, are all great snack options, when given in moderation.
These super healthy doggy snacks from Life’s Abundance are excellent to use for treats and training! Dogs love them!
What You Should Know
- Prudent portion control is essential, no matter what treats you choose to give to your puppy. Even too much fruits or vegetables can contribute to weight gain and obesity, and young puppies can get stomach upset from too much snacking.
- Try to avoid abrupt diet changes. Puppies especially have sensitive digestive systems, so when trying out new treats, it’s always best to start with small portions.
- Experiment with tastes and textures to discover your ‘Doodle’s likes and dislikes; not all dogs will like every item on this list. You can also use your dog’s kibble as treats!
- Lastly, keep an eye out for foods you should never give to your pup. There are several foods that could be dangerous for your dog to consume - including onions, chocolate, and xylitol. Check out this list of common foods that are toxic to your pet, and ensure these items are always kept out of your 'Doodle's reach.
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