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Why Grain-Free Treats Are Better For Your Dog
Giving your dog treats can be an effective source of reward during training when using positive reinforcement techniques and methodologies. With the frequency treats are given during training and to reward positive behaviors, it is important to make sure the treats you are using are healthy.
Many dog treats available on the market contain fillers, such as grains, that have a low nutritional value. In some cases, these grains and other fillers can cause allergic reactions or digestive issues in our pups. These risks can be safely avoided by seeking out grain-free treat options or treats without fillers.
Fillers represent the ingredients that pet treat manufacturers sometimes add to their products in order to reach certain calorie and energy requirements. These fillers usually include grains, rice, and corn and are considered empty calories because they do not provide our dogs with the nutritional content they need— namely protein. It is an inexpensive way for manufacturers to bulk-up their treats and food options which is why they are so commonly found inside our pet food options.
It is important to make sure that the vast majority of your dog’s nutrition is coming from their food— in balanced, fresh meals— as opposed to in treats (just like us humans) and focusing on meals over snacks. Treats are fabulous for training and occasional rewards, but make sure you choose healthy, organic treats so you can reward your dog with health and nutrition.