Looking for some simple but healthy treats you can give your puppy?
In theory your puppy doesn’t need treats, if he’s already on a nutritious and balanced diet. But let’s be honest, treats are extremely useful for training and keeping your ‘Doodle occupied.
Just keep in mind to treat in moderation: too many treats can cause obesity. And young puppies especially, can get digestive upset from too much snacking.
But who can resist those begging puppy eyes?! 😅🐶 Like humans, dogs appreciate good food.
Since those yummy-looking cookies are probably not the best snack for your furry friend, below is a list of our favorite treats you can give your puppy that both of you will feel good about!
An apple a day might not keep the vet away, but according to AKC, apples can provide vitamin C, fiber, and calcium. Cut up the apple, remove the seeds and core, and you have a perfect doggy snack.
We all know that bananas have lots of health benefits. It’s something that you’re likely to have in your kitchen anyway, and most dogs will go bananas for them.😀 But this fruit is best given in moderation, due to it’s high sugar content.
Blueberries are an excellent treat you can give your puppy. They’re the perfect size, and they offer healthy antioxidants and vitamin C.
Remove the rind and the seeds, and watermelon makes a tasty hydrating snack for warm summer days!
Thanks to their natural sweetness, most ‘Doodles like fruits. But what about vegetables? Are there any veggie treats you can give your puppy? The answer is a definite yes!
Carrots are rich in nutrients like fiber, and vitamin A. Most dogs will eat carrots raw or cooked. Just be sure to cut up raw carrots in small pieces – to prevent choking – and you’ll have a healthy reward!
Dogs can eat peas too! Whether frozen or fresh, peas are great treats to give your puppy: they’re already in bite size pieces. Just keep a few handy when training, or toss a few in with his kibble – easy peasy!
This crunchy source of greens and fiber is another excellent choice. The fresh beans are the best, but the cooked ones are ok too – just leave off the salt and seasonings when feeding to your pup.
Like watermelon, cucumbers have high water content, making them especially tasty on summer days. Slice some cucumbers for a easy, simple treat you can share with your furry friend.
If you’re not into giving your puppy ‘people food’, there are lots and lots of options when it comes to commercial treats.
Just be sure to check the ingredients before you buy – a lot of commercial doggy treats are full of unnecessary calories, sugar, and unhealthy ingredients, and can contribute to obesity.
What You Should Know
- No matter what treats you choose to give to your puppy, make sure you do not over-treat.
Prudent portion control is essential – Even too much fruits or vegetables can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
- Avoid abrupt diet changes. Puppies especially have sensitive digestive systems, so when trying out new treats, it’s always best to start with small portions.
- Experiment with tastes and textures to discover your ‘Doodle’s likes and dislikes; not all dogs will like every item on this list. You can also use your dog’s existing food as treats!
- Lastly, there are several foods that could be dangerous for your dog to consume- including onions, chocolate, and xylitol. These are toxic to your pet, and should always be kept out of reach.