We all like to give our dogs a treat from time to time whether it’s for rewarding good behaviour or you just want to spoil them on the occasion. But do we actually pay attention to the ingredients in these treats we are giving our dogs?
I know I love a good bargain and value for money is always a priority
in my shopping but is it worth buying cheap dog treats without knowing what’s in the ingredients. What we should do is buy the best all natural dog treats for our dogs that provide them with a burst of natural flavourful satisfaction.
Taking a closer look at the ingredients in treats will benefit your dogs nutritional health.
Best All Natural Dog Treats to Buy in Bulk
Liver treats are what I have at home and my dog loves them. They are a great distraction when she needs distracting too! These are a great treat to buy in bulk because what we do at home is keep the main bag in the chest freezer and just top up the treats jar when needed.
Keeping these in the freezer allows them to last longer and keeps the ants away if you were to leave it out. I live in the Top End of Australia and with the humidity up here it doesn’t make it easy to leave stuff out of the fridge or freezer, so prolonging the life in my dog treats is a great way on avoiding waste.
You could also do this with any long lasting treat and bulk buying all natural treats saves you money compared to if you were purchasing a bag a week or every few weeks. Keep in mind that treats are not to be an all the time food so be sure you are providing these in moderation, we don’t want our doggy getting an upset tummy.
Best After Dinner Treats
I only feed my dog in the mornings but I know there’s other dog owners who feed their dogs only at dinner time or twice a day. I did some house sitting and caring for the owners two dogs to which I came across chocolate for dogs, now this is a great after meal time treat. Take note that you do not have to give one of these to your dog after every meal, but as a treat now and again. Sally and Jersey who I was looking after enjoy these doggy chocolate treats a bit so it’s not unusual for them to wait outside the dog food room after finishing their dinner meal.
Another great after dinner treat for your dog is to look up a recipe for dog treats and find one that you like the sound of for your dog/s. This way you are guaranteed to know what is in your dogs treats, and the bonus is that you will be saving money yet again by not having to pay for product in store that you’ll also be paying for the cost of production.
If you don’t want to make these homemade dog treats yourself there are a few places that sell these in their stores. At home, I have seen a lady that has a pop up stall for dog treats and she goes between our three bigger shopping centres, just keep your eye out as I find homemade dog treats aren’t all that easy to access today, at least that’s the case where I live.
Jerky for Dogs
A great home remedy for making some beef/kangaroo/lamb/buffalo jerky strips.
- Select the meat you want to buy from your local grocers, you may need to go to a specialised butcher for buffalo and in some cases kangaroo but I know Woolworth in Australia supplies kangaroo at least.
- Cut the meat up into thick strips, or however thick or thin you’d prefer. The great thing about this treat is that you can eat it too!
- Line your meat out on a tray, you don’t need to put any flavouring on this because it won’t always be good for your dog.
- Place meat strips into the oven until leathery and dry which will take a few hours or more.
This will take you a day to make but you know how your dogs treat is being made and what is being added to it if anything. Guaranteed to be the best all natural dog treat without any reading of ingredients, you just need to put aside some time to complete the process.
Make Your Own All Natural Dog Treats
If you can manage to find a day or a few hours spare within your schedule this is a great time to bake some natural dog treats. Bake these treats in bulk so you won’t have to do another baking session for at least a few weeks, depending on how often you will be giving out these treats to your dog.
The great thing about searching online is that you can find a huge range of recipes on all natural dog treats. Now if you are planning on putting some colour on these treats you will be baking instead of using food colour – which isn’t a natural product – be creative.
For instance beetroot has a nice deep pink colour and what you can do is incorporate this vegetable into your dogs treat which will give it a full colour, or you can soak the beetroot in water and add the coloured
water into part of your batch to allow you to use this mixture as a topping.
There are endless shapes and combinations of incorporating colours into these treats, I’d recommend you just to have fun with this whole process and make something your dog can enjoy.
Where To Go From Here
Which ever direction you choose to go for supplying all natural treats for your dog whether you have the time to make your own dog treats or picking something up from the shop is more convenient to you all you should keep in mind is what is going into these treats. Are they going to be good for your dog as these treats are going into their bodies and we should be feeding them ingredients we wouldn’t feed ourselves if we were knowing it is harmful.
All the best with your dogs health and I hope you found something useful reading this post.