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Dog Treats: How to Choose the Best for Your Best Friend

There are soooo many kinds of dog treats to choose from, right?  You've got organic, dental chews, training treats, hard treats, dietary snacks, raw food, reward-oriented, and even dried or raw fruits & vegetables.  Considering that most dogs are psyched just to eat anything, it's hard to know what the right treat is for your particular pup.

That’s why some owners (the really smart, cool kind) opt-in for monthly dog subscription boxes — to make sure their BFF gets all the nutrients she needs, without skimping on variety.  This way, you don't have to figure out which treats to buy, because we do that for you.  Your box will contain a selection of different treats each month. Once you know what your dog likes best, you can customize future boxes to contain her faves.

Choosing the Right Dog Treat

Here's a handy dandy guide to choosing the best treats for your furry friend.  Treats should be tailored to your dog’s individual needs, based upon a couple of important factors.

Training Treats

The most popular reason why owners start buying treats is for training purposes.  Training treats should be small and low-calorie. If they're too large, then several afternoons spent teaching your dog to sit, roll-over and stay may result in unwanted weight gain. They should also be easily consumable (within 3-5 seconds) so your dog’s attention stays focused on the training — not on chewing on the treat you just gave him.

Hard and soft treats

Few owners consider the texture of the treat when making their selection.
Hard treats are great for teething puppies and middle aged dogs. They're stimulating and enjoyable because they exercise your dog's jaw muscles and make a satisfyng cruncy sound when chewed.
Soft treats are more appropriate for older dogs or those with sensitive teeth. It’s important to avoid hard treats for older dogs because, like humans, a dog's teeth become more brittle with age.

Other intended uses.

Treats with calories labeled are important for weight-loss.
Bone treats are hard and require lots of chewing. These are fantastic for keeping your dog occupied or distracted while guests are over, when you're preparing to leave the house, or if you just need him to stay put for a while.
If your dog needs soft treats, try substituting bone treats for jerky based treats.
Quality ingredients are important for keeping dogs healthy, which is why many owners opt for organic based treats.
 (Side note: if you want to show off your buddy's fancy tricks at your upcoming holiday gatherings, try our full-flavored, organic holiday themed treats.)
As much fun as it is to reward your guy with a treat (I mean, how excited does he get?), it's important to remember that what he puts in his mouth has a profound effect on his health. Just like us!
Why not give him the best of both worlds?
I'm sure he'd agree.