5 Flavoursome Dog Treats To Delight Your Companion
Whoever said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks obviously didn’t have the right treats! As we know, most of our four-legged friends are motivated by food, and tasty treats are the paw-fect way to train your dog, whether they’re a boisterous, playful puppy or a free-spirited, stubborn senior.
Dogs and puppies with an active lifestyle need a well-rounded diet that feeds their appetite for longer while keeping them filled with energy and curiosity all day long. By living their lives to the fullest, dogs help us enjoy the simple joys of everyday life, and the treats we feed them are the little ways to celebrate the joy that they bring us.
So, from training treats that will get their attention to long-lasting chews that will keep them busy, we’ve got you covered with our best dog treats that are sure to get your curious companion’s ears pricked up and tails wagging!
How many treats should I be giving my dog?
Who can resist those big brown puppy dog eyes? Treats are an excellent way of rewarding your pooch, whether they’ve perfected a new skill or behaved particularly well. But while they’re great at rewarding, you don’t need to give them a treat every time you want to show them how much you love them. It’s best to ensure that your dog’s treats only add up to around 10% of their daily calories. Still, if you’re unsure, we recommend talking to your vet for specific advice depending on your dog’s requirements.
While your four-legged family members may be gazing longingly at your plate, you should never treat them with your food scraps. Not only can it cause problematic behaviours such as begging, but many ingredients that we use in our cooking such as onions, corn, and chocolate can be extremely toxic or harmful to dogs. Feeding your dog high-quality treats is more nutritious and is easier to keep track of how much they’re eating than food from your plate.
The treats mentioned in this guide are to be given alongside a healthy, well-balanced diet. As with any food, it’s recommended to monitor your dog to ensure the treat is adequately chewed. Feeding guidelines should be followed, determined by the weight and size of your dog. Fresh drinking water should also be available to your dog at all times.
Tantalisingly tasty treats for your pampered pooch
When it comes to dogs, there are two words that are bound to set tails wagging every time: ‘walkies’ and, of course, ‘treats’! We all want what’s best for our four-legged fur babies, and snapping up some nutritious (and oh-so delicious!) tidbits is one of the best ways we can keep their tums and their temperaments happy.
With so many meaty, munchy, chewy, and crunchy goodies on the market, it can be hard to whittle down the list and choose the best ones for your paw-some pup. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of five scrumptious snacks that are sure to go down a treat - yes, even the fussiest of dogs won’t be able to resist these mouth-watering morsels!
Sit, paw, lie down… it’s treat time!
Pros: Protein-packed treat, available in different amounts, 100% natural, FEDIAF Approved
Cons: Monitoring your dog during eating is imperative to prevent choking, only suitable for medium/large dogs
High in protein and low in fat, these bully sticks make a fabulous nutritional boost to your dog’s diet - not to mention they’re super tasty (or so we’ve been told…)! Made from 100% natural dried beef pizzle… we’ll let you look up what that is… it’s essentially the equivalent of beef jerky for humans (minus the salt content) - perfect for pooches!
Chewy, chunky, and oh-so crunchy, these tantalising treats make light work of cleaning your dog’s gnashers, saving you (and them) a costly trip to the dentist. Robust against even the toughest of canines, these treats can provide up to 40 minutes chewing, chomping, and consuming entertainment, keeping your howling hound occupied (and blissfully quiet) while you crack on with that all-important Zoom meeting.
Unlike many bully sticks, these tasty treats are completely odourless - no foul smells here! They even come in different sized packs for you to choose from, so you don’t have to commit to a fully-loaded pack of 20 if you’re trialing them on a particularly fussy pup! However, these irresistible chews are so mouth-wateringly moreish, we doubt there’ll be any turned up noses!
The downside to these brilliant bully sticks is that they’re suitable for medium to large sized dogs only - sorry Pugs and Pomeranians! If you’re the proud pet parent of a smaller breed, don’t fret: we have loads of pint-sized picks for your little lovelies further in this guide.
Pros: Aids dental care, entirely natural ingredients, hypoallergenic
Cons: Not suitable for dogs under the age of 9 months or for those under 5lbs in weight, supersized pack is a big commitment if you have a fussy pooch!
These all natural, daily dog treats are designed to remove plaque, prevent tartar, and promote fresh breath with grooves that help to clean the smaller spaces between your pampered pup’s teeth. This great value pack of 150 long-lasting treats will keep your furry friend occupied for longer, providing day after day of nutritious, delicious goodness!
Gnaw-some by nature, these scrumptious stix are packed with six flavourful and functional ingredients, contain no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or GMOS, and are high in fibre - perfect for your dog’s digestion! Low in calories yet high in flavour, they’re the heavenly, healthy treats your pooch didn’t know they needed!
Produced to human-food grade standards, these stix are low-fat, gluten-free, and come in three different colours. However, these treats are only suitable for dogs of 9 months and upwards and they also don’t contain any meat, so your hungry hound may wish for a mixture of these with some added meaty treats as well.
Pros: All natural ingredients, high in fibre, low in calories and sugar, prevents tartar buildup
Cons: Cumbersome alligator shape may be harder to chew for dogs with smaller mouths, contains no animal derivatives (might not be to your dog’s taste if they prefer to munch on meat!)
Oh snap, these alligator dog treats are sure to put the ‘bite’ back into treat times! Okay, alligator puns aside, these moreish morsels are more than just a tasty treat. In fact, just like the Whimzees stix mentioned previously, these gorge-worthy goodies do wonders for your dog’s dental health. Carefully crafted with ridges and bumps, these treats help to encourage proper blood flow around the gums as they’re chewed while also preventing tartar and plaque buildup. Essentially, they’re the most exciting (and delicious!) toothbrushes your pooch will ever own!
Packed with plant-based nutrition from sources such as potato starch, yeast, powdered cellulose, malt extract, and more, these knobbly, bobbly bites are high in fibre and low in calories and sugar, helping to promote a healthy gut. With no artificial ingredients, colours, flavours, preservatives, GMOs, or gluten to worry about, you can rest assured that your four-legged friend is gnawing on nothing but nourishment.
While these treats are sure to delight, they also lack a fairly fundamental element of your dog’s diet - animal produce. Yes, these tidbits contain no meat whatsoever, which is certainly a selling point if you’re looking to give your dog a more plant-based diet, but they may not be the most appealing if your hungry hound is particularly fond of meaty morsels.
Going veggie is a bit of a polarising subject among both pet parents and professionals alike. As dogs are omnivores, they can eat both meat and plant-based meals. However, if your hound has special dietary requirements, a solely vegetarian diet may not be suitable. Your dog’s welfare should be paramount, so always speak to your vet before making the veg pledge. In any case, as a snack between meals (veggie or otherwise), these alligator appetisers are sure to go down a treat!
Pros: Fully natural, aids dental health, high protein content, wonderful alternative to pig ears
Cons: Not for the squeamish, not suitable for very young puppies, very slight odour (but not too pungent!)
Our next entry is sure to put a spring… or a hop... in your dog’s step… too soon? While we appreciate that these treats aren’t the most enjoyable to look at - and certainly not for the more squeamish among us - they’re a protein-packed chew that any meat-loving mutt is sure to devour with delight! 100% natural, low in fat, and free of any nasty additives or preservatives, they’re the nutritious and delicious way to keep your dog occupied (and quiet) for ages!
Grain- and gluten-free, these rabbit ears are the perfect treat if your dog suffers from a sensitive stomach or allergies. Considered to be a fabulously low-fat alternative to pig ears, these chomp-worthy chews allow your pampered pooch to enjoy all the crunchy, chewy goodness of dried meat - without an abundance of extra calories! They also have a very low odour in comparison to pig ears, so you needn’t worry about having to resign your hound to the garden to save your home from foul smells - bonus!
These are ideal for keeping your furry friend occupied for longer, so if your dog tends to scoff its food down in one gulp, it’s recommended that you supervise them while they are eating this snack. These ears are intended to be given in moderation (no more than a few times per week), so are to be used more as a special treat than as a training aid.
Pros: Perfect for dogs of all sizes, multipack for weeks of enjoyment, packed with Omega 3, vitamins, and minerals, ideal size to take on walks for training on the go
Cons: Not suitable for puppies under 4 months, will be gobbled in seconds (not ideal if you’re looking for something to keep them occupied for a long time!)
On the hunt for the perfect mini morsels to take with you on walks? Look no further than Pedigree’s Chewy Cubes! Small, scrummy, and oh-so satisfying, these bite-sized treats make a fabulous training aid for all dogs, big or small, and they’re the ideal snack for enjoying at any time, home or away!
Packed with a wealth of nutritious goodness, including Omega 3, vitamin A and E, and calcium, and formulated with no artificial colours or flavours, you can rest assured that you’re providing your dog a healthy yet heavenly snack with these chewy chunks. Created alongside nutritionists and vets at the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, these scrumptious snacks are approved by the pros. Regardless of whether you intend to use these bites as a training aid, reward, bonding tool, or playtime partner, these wholesome wonders deliver everything that’s essential to support and fuel your precious pup’s zest for life. And, when our dogs are happy, so are we - it’s truly a win-win!
This multipack comes complete with eight individual packets, keeping your cupboards (and your dog’s tum) topped up for longer. To make your life easier, Pedigree has even included feeding instructions on the back of each pack, so you can ensure you’re providing the perfect amount to your particular pooch each day. What more could you want?
And there you have it - five fabulously flavoursome treats, tidbits, chews, and chunks to delight your hungry hound! Regardless of whether you’re training a curious puppy that’s eager to please or an older dog that’s set in their ways, or you simply want to treat your four-legged friend to something a little special, there’s something for every palette and pooch among this line up. So go on, what are you waiting for? Set those tails wagging and show your precious pup just how much you love them!
For an even greater selection of moreish morsels, check out our extensive selection of dog treats. In our range, you’ll find scrummy snacks from big name brands like Pedigree, Armitage, and Trixie, as well as a few hidden gems offering new ways to treat your dog’s tum! To make your life easier, you can also filter your search by flavour, food type, and dietary requirements, so you can be sure you’re picking the right products for your pooch - they’re sure to thank you for it!
The information in this buyer’s guide is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.