If there is one thing that doggos love and respond to, from hoomans, besides walks/playtime, belly rubs and pets, it’s food. In fact, food became the primary reason why the great ancestors of all doggos came to be around hoomans, and became what they are today. That’s right: food is literally currency in the doggo world. Hence, you can’t be stuck with the terrible stuff. Let’s look into the best doggie treats of the decade. Your doggo is sure to heckin love you after trying these.
Dog treats: the currency of the doggo world
Doggo treats, especially heckin good ones, can get a doggo to do just about anything. In my history of petting random doggos out on the street/trail/…, there have been quite a couple that have initially, for some reason unbeknownst to me, not wanted to meet me. They would even be slightly timid. (Whatever happened to those poor puppers prior to meeting me!?!?!) Most of them would warm up to me as soon as I pulled out treats. Now, I carry dog treats, namely Pupperoni, with me everywhere I go, just in case I see doggos!
A heckin good doggo treat not only has that power, but can also correct their behavior on anything while nourishing their body. On the other hand, a terrible one will cause the following:
- your doggo ignoring you (because “blech, I don’t want that, you stupid hooman!!”), defeating the purpose of even trying to use them
- stomach problems. These can be mild to severe. There might even be vomiting.
- serious health problems. Watch this post from some unfortunate doggo mom who gave her fur kid Blue Buffalo (there’s images but they’re too gruesome to show here).
Good treats are fundamental to training a doggo.
What do the best treats look like?
The best treats ever have equivalence classes. They are:
- meaty jerky-based treats. Pupperoni, rawhide, Happy Hips jerky, and bacon-based dog treats are all examples.
Image credit: Kusie
- peanut butter treats. So far I have seen two varieties of peanut butter dog cookies used:
- Peanut butter dog biscuits – I see this one far more common. I especially see this variety being freely available in the spring/summer/fall season (when it is warm enough to bring out the doggos to dine with you), at the local gastropub Half Liter just off the Monon trail, two blocks from my apartment. (I heckin love going there, just to meet and pet all the doggos, and feed them the peanut butter dog biscuits, which they heckin enjoy!)This doggo biscuit will be the primary one you see everywhere that sells doggo treats, next to the plain old milk bones.
- Peanut butter dog cookies – These ones are more exclusive, and resemble peanut butter flavored Oreos. Except, they’re made for doggos. One place that has them for sure is called Three Dogs Bakery.
Whatever you choose, you should see to it that the peanut butter contains neither xylitol nor artificial sweetener.
- dog ice cream. This one is more of a seasonal treat. At the time of writing this article, January 26, it is simply not in season unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere.It might also melt by the time you give your doggo it. You’re pretty much going to have to feed your doggo it as you get it in hand. You can’t stash it like you can with other dog treats.Be on the lookout for a future post on dog ice cream.
I approach these with cautious optimism. Yes, they can be heckin amazing to doggos, but they might end up being not good for them.
Pupperoni is my go-to from here, as it is REALLY cheap (I am a frugal person, with most things in life). I get a 25 ounce bag of Pupperoni for just $10 from my local Meijer. Beef is the primary flavor in these sticks, and because of that, many a good boye/gorl have heckin inhaled these when I gave them one. They’d even eat the entire treat before me or their hooman could ration it for them! I remember this one dog grandma at this dog park, who told me her pup was picky about treats, who minutes later became surprised when the pup ate a Pupperoni treat from me.
However, some doggos have had upset tummy from this :'( . The pawrents would tell me so when I would ask them if their fur kid can have Pupperoni treat.
Rawhide is a typical treat to give a doggo, that is jerky-like. Doggos everywhere tend to love it. However, it can be a dangerous one, as it presents choking risk. The pieces of rawhide that your doggo bite off can end up getting stuck in their digestive tract. To prevent this, the rawhide must be sized appropriately for your doggo, Also, avoid giving this treat to doggos with sensitive tummies: it could make them vomit.
Happy Hips Chicken Jerky is possibly one the best jerky-based dog treats you can give your doggo. First, its 50% protein content is a super effective source of fuel for your pupper on the go. Second, it has glucosamine and condroitin, crucial for joint and hip health. Third, it’s addictive!
Peanut Butter based Treats
Peanut butter dog biscuits are incredibly popular treats to give to doggos anywhere. My local Three Dogs Bakery reports that peanut butter treats are their most requested item, in fact.
They also have a surprising amount of variety in ingredients and quality. Earlier in this article, I purposefully differentiated the biscuits from the cookies, even though the cookies can be seen as biscuits too. Let’s get into one of my favorite recipes:
- 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- Bacon crumbles
- Mix egg, peanut butter, oats, and bacon crumbles together. Scrape down bowl sides until thick dough is made.
- Dump bowl onto wax paper, place another piece wax paper on top, flatten. Put in fridge for 30 min.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Roll out dough to 1/2in thick. Use dog bone cookie cutter to cut out cookies.
- Bake on cookie sheet for 12-15 min until light golden on edges. Cool thoroughly, store in air tight container.
I wish I came up with this recipe. That credit goes to my veterinary technician friend Stephanie Hughes.
Peanut butter carrot dog treats takes it up a notch, by combining two things that are healthy for doggos, in a way that is totally irresistable: peanut butter and carrots. Click here for the recipe.
Treat and train your dog right
With the right treats, you can be sure to pamper your doggo and train it to do tricks, walk in a cooperative manner, behave around other hoomans/doggos, so on and so forth. In fact, treats are a fundamental part of a family of training techniques labelled positive reinforcement.
What do you think of these treats? See any you like? Any you wish we mentioned? Any that shouldn’t be on here? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.