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How To Be Responsible With Dog Treats

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How to be responsible with dog treats so your dog does not get fat?

What I typically tell pet owners is that you want to plan for about 90% of the daily calories to be coming from your complete and balanced food, whatever that may be, and you want 10% of the calories that you feed every day to be left over as treats. I would never want to tell you that you have to take the treats away but you do have to make sure you’re feeding them in moderation.


How to not over-treat your dog?

As you are training your dog using positive reinforcement or doing the trick training you will find that you are using a lot of treats. We want to believe that all of our dog owners want to be careful as to not add extra pounds to their dogs. It is a big concern in the dog world that more and more dogs are becoming overweight.

Here are some things that you should be doing:

  • Measure out your dog’s food for the day. Example: Your dog eats 4 cups a day (Truffle the Maniac amount).
  • Split the amount in half. 2 cups and 2 cups.
  • Use 2 cups for feeding your dog. Example: 1 cup in the morning or 1 cup in the evening. OR .5 cup in the morning andcups5 cup in the am. Whatever your vet suggested.
  • Use the other 2 cups as treats.
  • Whatever is left over, add to your dog’s dinner.

This way your dog is not consuming extra calories and is still getting rewarded.

Other suggestions:

  • Use veggies as treats (talk to your vet about toxic veggies)
  • Use low-calorie treats
  • Use treats that do not have extra fillers like ZiwiPeak
  • Use toys as a reward
  • Use attention as a reward

The Pet Food Institute also suggests:

  • Feed treats in moderation.
  • Use pet treats alongside a complete and balanced pet diet.
  • Avoid feeding table scraps.
  • Make sure your pets get plenty of exercises and fresh water.