So, you want to find the right treat for your dog. Whether your dog is a puppy, an adult, or a senior it can make all the difference. Whether your dog is a small, medium, or large breed dog it can also make all the difference. And whether your dog is skinny, normal-sized, or fat it can make all the difference too.
Now what sort of treats are out there? I work at a high-quality dog food store and we have three different aisles designated for three different types of treats. The one type of treat we're not going to talk about is dental treats because they don't really qualify as your standard treat. They are on a whole other level. Yes, you can only give your dog dental treats but we are just assuming here that you want to learn more about the other two types of treats. And the first, most common type of treat we will talk about today is the biscuit.
The biscuit is a hard, crunchy treat that is baked. The process of making it begins with grinding up whatever grains are going in the treat. This could be oats, rice, barley, wheat, rye, sorghum, or corn. It is then steamed and pushed through an extruder. An extruder heats up the treat and helps turn it into the desired shape. It could be in the shape of a bone or a shape of a cookie or a shape of a heart. Then the treats are cooked. Remember that the longer the treat is cooked and the higher the temperature impacts the nutrients in the treat. A lot of bad companies want to speed up the cooking process and cook at a way too high temperature which cooks out all the nutrients. Remember to find dog food that is cooked at a lower temperature and cooked more slowly. And once it is cooked it is cooled and sprayed with fat for the dog to enjoy its taste.
Soft treats are more acceptable for puppies when training them, and tinier dogs that might have more trouble chewing on big, hard biscuits, and senior dogs who have lost teeth and are much more fragile. But even so, biscuits that are smaller in size can still be good for smaller dogs, puppies, and senior dogs as long as they are okay with doing a little bit of crunching and chewing and have the teeth to do so. The thing about soft treats for medium-sized and large adult dogs is that the tiny soft training treats you find in the dog food store might not satisfy your canine friend like biscuits will. But you might have no other choice but to give your dog soft training treats because they might have a weight problem.
In conclusion, whether you choose to give your dog soft treats or biscuits just remember not to overdo it and to be conscientious about if you’re making your dog put on weight due to the treats and to remember that you're in charge and not to give in too easily. Also to remember that if there are other people in the household and they're giving treats too, it might be a good idea to have everyone on the same page so the treats for the dog are not doubling or tripling because no one knows if your canine friend has already had enough treats for the day.