There are two types of dog parents: the ones that work from home, and the ones that spend long hours at the office.
If you’re a dog parent working from home, as most of us are now, your dog is now the happiest because his/her human is with them 24x7. That means, as you're trying to type up that report to send to your boss, your dog is pawing away at the keyboard to get your attention - and now you have a lot of typos on your document.
Now, if you’re a dog parent that has to be on-site, at your desk, for 8 or more hours, then you experience the feeling of “mom guilt” every single morning as your dog whines and cries when you try to leave out the door. You constantly worry about your dog being left alone in the house, and you’re thinking about how they would be passing time.
The underlying question then becomes, how do you keep your dog engaged at home? Leaving a plethora of toys at their disposal might seem like a no-brainer, but they come with a lot of risks.
Puppies, and even adult dogs love to chew excessively, and when you leave toys out in the open for your dog unsupervised, you run into the risk of them potentially swallowing the toxic plastic materials, and having serious injuries.
The other way to keep them engaged for long hours is by giving them treats. Dogs love treats. It keeps them occupied, and engaged for a long period of time - a win-win solution for you and your fur baby. It’s important to give your dogs the right treats that will stimulate their minds, and improve their health.
As dog parents, we want to give our fur babies only the best food, treats, and even toys that are beneficial to their health. Natural dog treats have both health benefits and “wow” factors that make your dog salivate and keep them engaged. Different dog training treats also serve different purposes. So, here are a few different dog treats that are made with 100% natural ingredients and without any artificial or harmful ingredients.
Types of Dog Treats
If you need to leave your dog unattended for a while, and come back to a home that’s still in the exact same shape as you left it, Dogsee Chew hard bars are your best friend. If you have a teething puppy, these long-lasting chews help your puppy ease the discomfort, and redirect their energy away from your furniture or favorite household items.
If you have an adult dog who has a lot of pent-up energy, hard bars release all of that energy by directing their focus to the chew, and away from causing a ruckus around the house.
In addition to keeping them occupied, these long-lasting doggie chews come with a lot of benefits for your dog’s overall hygiene. They get rid of bad breath, stimulate mental health, minimize teething pain, and remove plaque and tartar.
Have you ever told your dog “stay” without additional reinforcements? Your pup probably obeys the command for 5 seconds before deciding it’s not worth their time or energy to focus on that single command. However, if you hold out a treat in front of them, they follow your command so they can get their reward. This is where healthy chews come into play.
These yummy and healthy treats are your leverage when it comes to training your pup. But their purpose extends beyond that 1 hour slot you have scheduled in your day for dog training. The soft chews come in handy when you’re teaching new commands, practicing old tricks, and even when you need your pup to do something you wish.
Lets say, you’re on a zoom call and your puppy keeps pawing or trying to climb into your lap. You can train your dog to sit and stay in one place for as long as you would like, by giving the command while holding the treat - holding, not giving. When your dog has stayed in his/her place for your desired time length, you can reward his/her behavior - which instantly gets registered in your dog’s brain as good behavior.
The Right Treat For Your Dog
Now that we’ve covered the different varieties of treats, you might be wondering how to select the best one for your dog.
The first criteria to evaluate is the ingredients, as we mentioned in many of our blogs. You want to stay away from treats that have grain, or gluten if your dog has a sensitive stomach. Read the packaging label to ensure there are no harmful ingredients, preservatives or additives. The rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t feed your stomach with these ingredients, it’s best to avoid them for your dogs as well.
Once you’ve determined the ingredients, you can then narrow it down by breed size and current developmental stage. The bite-sized puffies or crunchies are a great option for puppies and small breeds, the hard bars are best for puppies who are teething, or adult dogs, and the puffy bars are a great option for senior dogs who may no longer have strong teeth.
If you’re a dog parent who wants to give your dog treats that are made from real fruits and veggies, Dogsee Chew has an option for you too. The freeze-dried dog treats come in different flavors - apple, banana and beetroot - each being made from a single fruit/vegetable packed with all the essential nutrients to aid your dog’s development.
At the end of the day, dogs are pack animals. This is why our fur babies often follow us around, and like to be in close proximity to us. But we, as humans, have responsibilities and needs. We crave human connection, and we cannot simply stay put in our home all day, every day. So we need to set the “new normal” for our dogs and puppies, so they can thrive in our world. And these natural dog treats are the solution to that effectively.