Soft dog treats have several advantages of course, they are not just perfect for giving medicine to dogs. One obvious plus of soft dog treats is that older dogs can still easily bite and eat them. But there is more to dog treats.
We vets often use soft dog treats to give medicine to dogs. Why the soft ones? You can easily break them in half, fold them and place the the medicine between the two halves. To most treats dogs just can‘t resist, they have to eat it and with it the medicine. Of course you can use soft dog treats yourself for giving medicine to your dog.
What I wouldn’t recommend is that you give medicine to your dogs with human food such as peanut butter, cheese or such, even if it’s easy to hide it in those food types. This is not healthy at all. There are soft dog treats available that are just made for giving medicine to your dog such as Greenies Pill Pocket Dog Treats. This is the way to go even more so when you have to give medicine on a daily basis. In any case ask your vet for help and advice.
Many dog owners use dog treats for their training with their dog! What are the advantages of using dog treats for training? All you want to do in your training and education is to reinforce positive behavior and reactions. Your reinforcement can happen vocally – and through dog treats.
Since dogs have an incredible sense of smell they can smell a treat from far which might be very important for certain trainings. There is no stronger reward for your dog than being given his favorite treat.
This means that it’s wise to use those treats with caution and patience. Your dog shouldn’t get used to them. They need to be given at the right time and for the right reasons. And remember that giving treats for good behavior should always go together with words of encouragement and petting.
Some words I’d like to add about how you should give treats to your dog. Never wave with the treat in the air and hold the treat too high making your dog jump. You just reinforce the bad habit of jumping at people. Just hold the treat close to your dog‘s face, under his mouth or at chest level. Like this he can easily take it and doesn’t learn to jump or snap for it.
Milk-Bone Soft Beef Dog Treats
- 1-5 biscuits per day as part of your dog’s regular diet
- 1 biscuit per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight
- Delicious tender snacks made with beef / filet mignon
- Contains 1 – 25 oz canister
- Fortified with 12 vitamins & minerals
I have elderly dogs, and they have lost some of their teeth. These snacks are ideal for them because they are soft and chewy. I have to ration them because they would eat the whole jar in some sitting.
The bones are small, the size of small regular milk bones, and don’t have an offensive odor. They’re a brown color and are chewy but not super soft by any means. I think I will limit these to one per day. They come in a great jar with a screw on/off lid so they’ll stay fresh for quite a while. There are loads of them in the 25 ounce jar so these are a good value.
They are about two bites and soft so you can break them in half easily or quarters and use them as training bait. There is no greasy film on your hands either which is always a plus if you carry them in your pocket.
GREENIES Pill Pocket Soft Dog Treats
- Contains one 15.8-oz., 60-count pack of treats
- Capsule Size
- Masks the taste and smell of capsules and liquid medication with a delicious chicken flavor
- Low-calorie and healthy
- Easy to use: simply fill, pinch, and give
I love these greenies pill pouches. They make medicating my dog very easy. My boy is on medication twice a day.
These work great for hiding pet medications. Just place the pill inside the pocket, squeeze to seal the edges, and then roll into a ball. I have four dogs, they will eat a loaded pill pocket with no problem. Because pill pockets are moldable, you can break the large size in half and cover most pills using only half of one, making the large size pill pockets the most economical.
My dogs go crazy over Greenies Pill Pockets. Makes giving daily allergy pills and also supplements a breeze and super easy. Will be a repeat customer for sure in the future.
Rocco & Roxie Gourmet Jerky Dog Treats
- Healthy and natural: no artificial flavoring or fillers like corn, soy and gluten
- Perfect training treat
- No-stink hands
- 16 oz. bag
When I opened the bag, you can just smell the beef. It is obvious to me that a lot of care and preparation goes into these treats and that they truly want to make healthy delicious dog jerky treats. The texture is fabulous, the jerky is firm and it’s also soft. Also, there is a good amount of jerky in these bags, and if I split 1 jerky stick into 2 pieces, it is just the right amount for my pugs.
This is, by far, the best dog treat I have found! My dog literally goes CRAZY when I pull these out! They are a fantastic training tool which is what I mostly use them for.
My doggies love these treats. One of my dogs has a sensitive digestive system and it is hard to find treats he will eat and don’t make him sick. These do the trick. They are soft enough that you can easily cut or tear them into smaller pieces for training.