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Healthy Dog Treats: Safe Snacks For Dogs

Dog food is specifically designed to meet all of your dog's dietary needs, but "people food" treats can be an occasional puppy pleaser when you follow good nutrition guidelines.

Good Treats

You may think feeding your dog table scraps is the fast track to their heart, but it's really the fast track to a lousy diet. Dog food is specifically designed to meet all of your dog's dietary needs, and slipping them too much "people food" disrupts the nutritional balance. Some foods are simply dangerous to your dog.

As an alternative to feeding table scraps, there are numerous nutritious and tasty treats available to give your friend for being a good dog. If you find it too difficult to deny your pup, remember the rule that table scraps should be less than 10% of your dog's diet.

Vegetables:
Some dog nutritionists recommend that you occasionally add vegetables to your dog's diet. Some of the best choices for your pooch include carrots, broccoli, cooked squash, zucchini and potatoes.

Fruits:
Peeled apples, melons and berries are good fresh fruits to give your dog.

Grains:
Rice and plain pasta make healthy dog snacks as well.

Meats/dairy:
Sharing bites of your steak, chicken, turkey, hamburger or hot dog is just fine for your pooch in small doses, especially when used as a small reward for following commands. Plain yogurt is another healthy treat your pooch will enjoy.

"If you have to think twice about feeding your dog something, don't offer it. Dogs deserve an occasional treat, and something that doesn't ruin your dog's diet will result in a happier, healthier pooch."

Sometimes Treats

Peanut butter can be a tasty treat and a great way to get your finicky eater to enjoy his meals. Try stuffing some in a chew toy and freezing it for lasting enjoyment, or add some on top of kibble for a dinnertime dessert.

Never Treats

Remember to keep toxic and harmful foods like chocolate, coffee, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, and avocados out of reach from your pooch.