There is a very special, specific kind of joy that comes from calling your pup over, making them sit, and watching their intense focus as you give them their favorite dog treats.
It’s one of our favorite parts of the day, and we KNOW it’s one of theirs. But what makes us extra pleased about it is knowing that we’re giving them high-quality, healthy dog treats that are good for them as well as delicious.
If you’re looking for that same joy of healthy dog treats that you can confidently watch your fur baby munch on (and probably not chew enough times), here are a few of our favorites.
Freeze-Dried Dog Food Toppers
Freeze-dried dog food toppers are often sold as something to be added on top of food (and they certainly can be), but the little freeze-dried nuggets of meat, fruit, and vegetables are perfect as dog training treats or everyday snacks!
Because these are freeze-dried dog treats, they don’t need to be refrigerated, and they don’t need harmful preservatives. The ingredients are natural, they don’t make a mess, and you get a whopping 56 servings out of a 14-ounce package.
You can get these healthy little nuggets from brands such as Stella and Chewy, Primal, Vital Essentials, Green Juju, Nulo, and many more.
Tartar Control Dog Chews
One of the healthiest things you can do for your dog is to look after its dental health. Tartar control healthy dog treats and chews from Icelandic, Whimzeez, Sweden Care, Himalayan, Tropiclean, and more will make your puppo happy, and keep their teeth and gums happy as well!
One thing to keep in mind with tartar-control dog treats is that they can be fairly high in calories, so you’ll want to check on that and limit them to just a couple of times a week, and potentially adjust your dog’s food intake to account for it.
Find the Best Selection of Fresh Dog Food In Cleveland
Just like with human food, fresh dog food is far better for them than processed, preserved dog food. The same is true of fresh dog treats made right here in-house at Luca’s Barkery!
It may not always be practical to give your pups fresh, homemade dog food every day, but Primal, Stella & Chewy’s, Steve’s, My Perfect Pet, and more brands we carry, make the best fresh dog food that will make your pet’s health not only practical, but fun and delicious for them as well!
Training Reward Treats
When you’re training your dog, you need something to reward them with when they do what you ask. But if you’re giving them too much, those calories can add up fast!
That’s where these low-calorie dog training treats are small but effective! The training-focused healthy dog treats from Nulo, Nugget Healthy Eats, Plato’s Treats, Stella & Chewy’s, Bocce’s Bakery, and more are small enough to use more frequently than larger ones.
And like their other healthy dog treats, they’re made from wholesome ingredients your dog will love! Still, no matter how healthy they are, make sure to feed them in moderation – you can still have too much of a good thing!
Regular Fruits and Vegetables
If a trip to Luca’s Barkery isn’t on your itinerary today, no worries! You can always offer your pup some fruits or vegetables you may already have in the house.
Carrots and green beans make for a great healthy dog treat, as do strawberries and blueberries. They can even have some cooked sweet potato or pumpkin!
Just be sure to try any new treats in moderation – even though these foods are healthy for them, that doesn’t mean a new food or dog treat won’t irritate their GI tract. Also, make sure to avoid foods that are toxic to dogs, like onions and grapes, and if you’re going to give your furry family member some veggies, make them plain – no seasoning!
Remember to NEVER feed your dog anything without checking first to see if it’s safe. If you have any questions or doubts about what fruits and vegetables make for good healthy dog treats, ask your vet or one of the experts here at Luca’s Barkery.