Dog treats are one of the most important tools you can use to help your dog learn new commands, encourage good recall and of course to show them how much you love them!
Mon 26 Feb 2018
Dog treats are one of the most important tools you can use to help your dog learn new commands, encourage good recall and of course to show them how much you love them! There’s a wide range of treats available on the market these days, ranging from high quality treats to low quality tit-bits, often lurid in colour containing artificial flavours and additives which could lead to allergies and even hyperactivity. With this in mind, we take a look at a range of dog treats to suit all budgets and tastes.
Dog treats may appear to be one of cheapest items your dog needs each week. However, with just 140g of Pedigree Tasty Bites costing £1.50, in terms of weight, they do work out to be very expensive compared to a quality dry complete food.
Yes, of course you can! Many dog owners use strips of cooked chicken, ham or cubes of cheese. Dogs will love these human foods but do be aware as many of them contain high levels of saturated fat and high levels of salt. Cheese and cooked meats are also greasy and messy and not the ideal choice of snack on a hot day either!
The other benefits of using dog treats instead of human food is that the ingredients are clearly labelled on the packaging and the treats normally contain a feeding guide for the size of your breed of dog. This will ensure you can reduce the amount of food necessary when offering treats.
Pedigree Tasty Bites come in a funky bright yellow bag, which is resealable to ensure lasting freshness. Inside are small squidgy, oval shaped treats that comprise a creamy cheesy outer layer and filled with a light brown beefy centre. The treats certainly appealed to our tester Labrador Max, although the size of the treat, in our opinion are more suited to smaller breeds. With that said, the small size of the treat means you can treat more often, so a good option for puppies and intensive training sessions. The only problem with soft treats compared to crunchy treats is that your dog does not get a dental workout from chewing. The treats are completely mess-free and leave no greasy residue on hands while out on the dog walk.
Pedigree Tasty Bites contain Omega 3, vitamins, minerals and are free from artificial colours and flavours. They are readily available from supermarkets and online stores and provide great value for money with a 140g bag costing around £1.50
Over the last few years, Lily's Kitchen has established itself as one of the leading pet food manufacturers in terms of quality and ethics. So, it comes as no surprise that their dog treats are also a premium quality product too. The beautiful packaging looks almost too good to open, but once opened reveals gorgeous flower-shaped treats. These healthy treats contain tasty beef liver and carrots. Healthy Rye flour and oats provide the energy for training, and are suitable for dogs who may be sensitive to wheat gluten. There's even a dash of trendy health boosting turmeric for ultimate nutrition too!
The crunchy biscuit provides a great dental workout for your dog and as you would expect this premium quality product contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Proudly made in the UK, Lily's Kitchen are also one of the few pet food manufacterers who do not test their products on confined animals in laboratories. In our opinion it's worth paying a little extra for this quality product.
You can expect to pay around £2.89 for 100g of Lily's Kitchen Rise & Shines Dog Treats.
Harringtons Puppy & Junior Treats claim to be nutritious and wholesome, and the produce certainly lives up to that claim. The treats boast a whopping 27% chicken content. The energy comes from oats and rice and the treats contain no artificial flavours or colours. The treats are heart shaped with a nice crunch to help promote good dental health. Each treat contains just 4 calories, so you can use a good number of them during a training session knowing how many calories your puppy is consuming. Harringtons Puppy & Junior Treats certainly passed the taste test with our puppy and our only small gripe is that the biscuits do tend to break down into crumbs at the bottom of the bag.
A 160g bag of Harringtons Puppy & Junior Treats costs around £1.89
James Wellbeloved are another UK based pet food manufacturer whose products are made with natural ingredients and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Minijacks are also hypoallergenic, making them suitable for dogs with sensitive tummies and allergy problems. Additionally these quality treats contain no beef, pork, soya, wheat or dairy.
The treats are bone shaped and provide a nice crunch. The treats are rather on the large size, so are more suited to larger breeds. However, they are quite easy to break in half if necessary. The treats certainly passed the taste test, our dog loves them. The only downside was the packet is just slightly too wide to fit in a standard jacket pocket, so the treats may need to be put in a treat bag for easy access.
As you would expect, this product is more expensive than many other brands and retails at £2.49 for 90g