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Treats for the dog

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Choosing goodies for dogs is not as simple a task as it may seem at first glance. Everything must be taken into account: composition, usefulness, shape, density, quantity, etc., especially if you need to choose treats for puppies. Yes, there are a lot of criteria for choosing one or another option, we will try to consider them all.

How to choose treats for a dog?

1. We define goals
Useful dog treats for different tasks and types of training should be different. Do not use the same type of treats for the first training sessions with a puppy and dog fitness with a sports dog.

2. The size of the pieces
Very tiny pieces of dog treats are good for quick and frequent stimulation so he doesn't have to chew for long. Pieces are bigger - as a bonus for super-correct or fast execution of the command. Also, the size of the pieces must be selected according to the size of your dog. For example, small treats are not suitable for large dogs, just as large pieces of treats are not suitable for miniature dogs.

3. The shape of the pieces
Yes, that's important too! Separate shaped pieces, long but soft strips or dried natural treats for dogs for half an hour of careful chewing - you need to determine what you need right now for activities with your dog?

4. Hierarchy of incentives
Useful treats for dogs must be attractive treats - this is a very important criterion. It is necessary to remember that our perception of the appetizingness of this or that piece can be misleading. And among dogs there are specimens that are ready to give up meat for a juicy apple! To determine the individual hierarchy of incentives for your dog, you need to conduct a small experiment. In more detail, what exactly needs to be done, and how to make a hierarchy of treats, see our video

What are the useful self-made canine and canine delicacies?

A dog's life would be boring without treats - no one doubts that. But we love them not only because of the taste diversity of everyday life. Dog treats play an important role in a dog's life:
  • Assistant in dog training. With the help of a tasty and fragrant piece, it is very easy to show the dog what we want from him (this is called guidance). And after completing the target action, treats will be an excellent reinforcement of the acquired skill.
  • Strengthening the emotional connection between the dog and the owner. At first we are neutral for the dog. But after talking closer, the dog will understand that it is beneficial to be friends with us: a person becomes a basic security and a source of all resources. We ourselves become something very pleasant for the pet, and our attention and praise will be a wonderful reward for him. This is called social reinforcement.
  • Boredom activity. Treats for dogs perfectly implement the triad of "bite, tear, lick" necessary for the full life of every dog. Also, dried treats for dogs can be used to fill interactive toys, which will give the dog the necessary mental load.
  • Oral care. Of course, there is no substitute for brushing the dog's teeth, but massaging the gums and developing the jaw will. Also, biting in some cases can contribute to the reduction of dental plaque.
An important point is maintaining a balance in the dog's diet, which includes, for example, dry food and natural treats: here you need to be very careful and it is better to consult a nutritionist. It is important to compare the taste preferences of the dog with the products allowed for him and their amount that does not cause negative consequences