Top 5 Puppy Treats and When to Introduce Them
We all fall for puppy eyes and it doesn’t take long for your pup to realise that they can use it to their advantage to get what they want.
Stay strong or they will soon become the leader of the pack...
Giving treats is a great way to train your dog and build a bond, whether it is reward-based training or taking a larger treat off them to show them that you are the Alpha. Taking larger treats off them is especially important as you will need to be able to approach your pup when they have something dangerous in their mouths - which is usually every day!
As much as we might want to treat our furry friends to whatever their heart desire, it is important to understand how often and how much of a treat to reward them with.
A young pup should not eat a whole pig’s ear in one sitting. They are still developing so overloading their lower intestines can lead to diarrhea or worse, a trip to the vet.
Don’t give your puppy too many treats as they will neglect their main meals, which leads to fussy eaters and an unbalanced diet. As a rule, treats should only make up of 10% of your pup’s daily diet.
Before you give your pup a treat, asking them to perform a command such as sit or stay helps to teach them listening skills and focus solely on you. If you give your puppy a treat without a command, this can confuse the training programme and it won’t be long until your pup figures out that all they need in the future is to give you puppy eyes or wag their tail.
Our Top Five Training Treats
Our Three Bird Training Treats and Seafood Training treats are suitable for puppies from 8 weeks old. Each treat is small enough to use for reward-based training and you can give multiple throughout the day.
Our training treats are grain-free and single protein, making the hypoallergenic and sensitive for puppies.
Jerky treats are meaty by nature and are a great first chew treat. Jerky treats are chewy and soft enough not to damage your pups growing teeth. The length of the chew also makes them ideal for taking them away when you feel your pup has had enough.
We suggest that you introduce these treats from week 10. Our Biltong chew is a perfect jerky treat and it’s 100% natural without preservatives and produced in Great Britain.
Not all pups are the same size and if you have a larger breed, by week 10 you will know how much they want to chew. Pizzles are strong enough to last your pups chomping jaws and you can spread the chew out over a few days if necessary. We provide Beef Pizzle and Buffalo Braided Pizzle.
The Braided Pizzle is platted and gives extra sensation to your pups chewing.
Pizzles are low in fat and full of protein.
Puffed Chicken Feet
Puffed chicken feet offer a range of health benefits that are crucial for your puppy’s growth and diet and because they are not cooked, the bones won’t splinter but rather crush and crumble, meaning that they are naturally safe to eat.
They contain high concentrations of glucosamine and chondroitin which are the building blocks for joint cartilage, which is important for your pup’s growth and development.
They are high in protein and act as fully edible and digestible toothbrushes! So they are great for your puppy’s teeth and gums.
Puffed chicken feet are low in fat and retain more vitamins and nutrients in the drying process which helps to keep their natural shape.
Remember to always supervise your pup while eating.
Our beef tendon chews are long and chewy which means puppies love them during their teething stage. Tendons are firm but elastic in texture. A young pup should only be allowed the tendon for a chewing aid and avoid allowing them to eat too much.
Tendons are low in fat and can also be used to play tug of war.
Do not leave your pup unattended whilst eating.