Do you have a new puppy at home? Well for starters, congratulations are in order because you are about to make a new best friend and have the time of your life in the process. Now onto the actual crux of the matter, what treats should you feed the puppy? Bear in mind, that when we refer to treats, we are merely talking about the additional snacks you can offer your puppy. These are not replacements for their actual meals, so do not substitute those with such snacks. So without further ado, let us delve into some friendly and healthy treats you can offer your furry little friend!
1. Homemade Popsicles
We all know how much dogs love ice-cream, so a homemade Popsicle is a great place to begin, especially in the warmer months. There are a few different recipes that you can try out. Most dog-owners typically approach The Humane Society for such recipes. For starters though, you can start with a cup of plain (unsalted/unsweetened) peanut butter along with some water and mashed bananas. Mix all these ingredients and freeze the mixture in molds to form Popsicles. Give it to your puppy once it is completely frozen. This is a great way to keep your pup cool during the summers.
2. Fresh Fruit
When it comes to using fresh fruit as a treat, you can choose from a wide array of options, and you cannot really go wrong here. However, before you feed fruit to your puppy, make sure that they are not allergic to any of it. In addition, you may have to de-seed it or make up small portions if your puppy is still relatively small. You can use fruits such as apples and blueberries because they are fairly the safest options out there. These contain a good amount of vitamin C and antioxidants that are good for your puppy’s metabolism.
3. Potato Jerky
If you want to opt for more commercialized snacks, you can easily find those in most stores. Jerky is a particular favorite among dogs; ensure that it does not have any ingredients that might adversely affect your dog’s health. To be safe, you can also make some homemade jerky, that is, potato jerky. You can also get the recipe for potato jerky from the Humane Society and bake it yourself in thin strips. This way, you will be able to keep track of what is going in the jerky. The best part is that you can also alter the recipe slightly to fit your pup’s liking.
At the end of the day, it is important that you do not overfeed your puppy with treats because it can adversely affect their health. Try to keep the treats as natural as possible. You can also go the extra mile and take some time to make some homemade treats for your pup. Stick to more nutritious choices so that your puppy grows up to be as healthy and perky as ever!