Most dog owners have a package or two of dog treats in their pantry or kitchen cabinet. They may even have a dog that comes running every time the cabinet or pantry door opens. The dog knows where the treats are kept and what the package sounds like when it’s being opened. Some owners give treats to their dogs on a daily basis while others save them for specific occasions. Look at five of the most common reasons why owners give treats to their dogs.
Improved Health of Teeth and Gums
Some treats help to clean a dog’s teeth as well as its gums. Like humans, dogs can develop plaque, cavities and other problems with their teeth. In some cases, a dog’s teeth may fall out due to dental issues. Dental problems can be painful for a dog and may result in the need for costly surgery. Giving a dog one treat per day can help owners avoid the costs that come with fixing preventable dental problems.
Controlling the Daily Intake of Calories
Some dogs aren’t satisfied with eating once or twice per day. But, overfeeding a dog can cause it to become obese, develop diabetes or experience other health problems. In order to avoid overfeeding, some owners give their dogs a treat between meals. They choose treats designed to satisfy their dog’s appetite without adding too many calories to its daily total. This is an easy way to make a dog feel full while maintaining its good health.
It’s not uncommon for a dog to develop bad breath. It may be due to the type of food they eat, a digestive problem or some other issue. There are owners who solve this problem by giving their dog a treat each day. Some treats are specially made to improve a dog’s breath while improving its dental health. A dog with fresh breath is definitely more pleasant to have around family and friends!
A Distraction from Unwanted Chewing Activity
Some dogs like to chew on a variety of items in a household. Chair legs, shoes and rugs are just a few examples. Sometimes giving a dog a treat can help it to fight off the urge to chew household items. Sometimes the taste and texture of a treat is enough to stop a dog from chewing on the wrong things.
A Special Reward
Treats are sometimes used when a puppy or dog is being trained. The treat is only given during a training session and can be a great incentive for a dog or puppy to obey. After a while, the dog or puppy starts to connect the treats with its training sessions. A dog is more interested in obeying an owner’s requests to sit, lie down and stay when there is a treat waiting at the end of the lesson.
Finally, today’s dog owners have the good fortune of being able to choose from a variety of canine treats. Some dogs prefer a particular flavor and texture while others will go for every type of treat. When it comes to treats, it’s up to responsible owners to figure out their dog’s preferences.