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How To Use Treats To Help Raise A Great Dog

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We're all familiar with the concept that positive reinforcement is used to promote good behavior. The more that reinforcement occurs, through treats and other rewards, the more that behavior is strengthened. This doesn’t limit your treat giving to only when you’re teaching your dog to sit or stay. If you’re gone for most of the day at work and you come home to find Fido hasn’t chewed anything or taken any naps on furniture he shouldn’t be on, a reward is a great idea. On the other hand, if you know you’re going to be gone all day, leaving your dog with something to chew on or keep him busy all day might help him to not dread your leaving, knowing that he’ll have something to keep his attention while you’re gone. There are a number of reasons to treat your dog and we have a number of things to treat him with!

What amount of treats is healthy for my dog?

Purina Pet Foods breaks treats into five categories: rewards, treats, biscuits, chews, and health treats. Rewards are smaller, meat-based treats used mostly during training. Your dog shouldn’t get more than 10% of his daily calories through this category. General treats shouldn’t exceed more than 15% of your dog’s daily dietary requirement. Biscuits can be fed as a snack or added to canned food. They can help clean your dog’s teeth and can account for up to 15% of your dog’s total diet. Chews are great for strengthening your dogs teeth and keeping them busy while you’re away. Health treats are specifically designed to support healthy bodies, with additional benefits such as vitamins and minerals.

Find the perfect treat for your perfect pooch!

SitStay's own Brown Beggers™ Chicken Breast Bites are born, raised, and made in the USA. High in protein and low in fat, these dog chews have no preservatives and have been slow roasted to ensure a crunchy bite. They are great general treats or dog chews, making them an ideal choice for after a long walk or when you need to keep your dog busy for a little while.

With only one ingredient, Polkadog Cod Skins offer numerous benefits. With every crunch comes omega-3 fatty acids, freshness and bold flavor. These healthy dog chews make a fantastic alternative to rawhide and bully chews. Fish skins also make a great alternative treat for dogs with allergies to chicken, beef or lamb proteins. Made by hand, these cod skins are a twist on dog treats - literally.

If your dog has any allergies to meat or gluten, Sam's Yams Big Boyz Sweet Potato Chews are the perfect solution. These dehydrated sweet potato treats are simple but nutritious and delicious. They are packed with vitamins and minerals. They are a single ingredient treat sourced and made in the USA!

SitStay 6" Bully sticks make great chews for any active chewer in your life. No odor and no dyes make these a great chew treat for the meat lover in your life!Bully sticks have been the dog lover's chew of choice for many, many years. Our bully sticks are 100% all natural and 100% made in the Midwest.

High quality treats of all kinds make rewarding your dog for good behavior, training, or just because you love them, easy. So go ahead, spoil that lucky dog of yours today!

Meet The Author 

Grant Withers

Canine Specialist & Writer

Grant is an award-winning writer for SitStay with a passion for pets and especially dogs! Grant loves writing about furry little goofballs and aims to educate pet parents about anything and everything regarding their dogs.

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