All dog owners at some point, give their dog treats. There are many reasons why and when we give out the treats. Sometimes we use it to train our dog by using the treat as a reward, other times it is just to reward them for coming when they are called.
What ever the reason that we give our dog treats is, it can quickly accumulate to a lot of treats. You can certainly buy dog treats from any pet store, or online and sometimes even get healthy dog treat choices.
Today, I am going to discuss gourmet dog treats. Why? “Gourmet” means in my mind homemade dog treats. The real difference is then we really know what is in the treat that we are feeding to our dogs.
Dogs are part of the family and as part of the family we want to make sure that we feed them healthy alternatives to some treats that are filled with lots of salt, fillers, corn or soy.
Giving your dog gourmet or healthy treats, makes sure that they are only getting the best ingredients possible.
What kind of treats
There are many companies out there that make very healthy gourmet dog treats. You just need to be sure that you are doing your homework about what you are buying.
In this day and age, we have so many wonderful options of great healthy dog treats that we can give our dogs. One of the best options is to buy or make baked homemade treats.
Baked treats that are made with real normal food ingredients. Many dogs, like my own, have an allergy to certain foods, just like people.
My dog Boo is allergic to a ton of foods like: wheat, corn, and soy, just to name a few. He cannot have any of these ingredients in any food or dog treats. If he does, he then reacts a lot like a person that has a gluten intolerance. Not a great thing to have him go through.
A good baked treat is made with a short simple list of real ingredients. Many of them are also gluten and grain free. Here’s some baked treat options I have come across:
Bacon & Blueberry, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Apple Dumpling, Peanut butter and honey, Duck and Cherry etc.
There are many other choices besides just these. Some other popular ingredients that treats are now baked with include pumpkin and even sweet potato. Honestly the sky is the limit, when it comes to treats that are made with many fruits and vegetable combinations.
Make or bake your own
People are choosing different ways to get their dog good healthy treats. Some even prefer to make their very own dog treats, rather than buying them. That way you know exactly what ingredients are in each treat.
There are many ways you can find great recipes either from buying an actual dog treat cookbook or looking for recipes online.
If you are really serious about baking your own treats, then there are a few cool accessories out there now that you can buy to make it easier and you don’t even have to turn on your oven to do it.
The creme de la creme is an actual dog treat maker. Yup it’s like a waffle iron for dog treats. You pour your batter recipe into the bone cut-outs in the machine, close the lid and BOOM, you have your own fresh treats. There a few different companies that make these unique treat makers. A few of the most popular machines are:
1) The Bake-A-Bone original treat maker that makes 4 bones per batch in minutes. The machine is even shaped like a bone, very cool. It comes with recipes that are free of wheat, corn, lactose, gluten, soy and made with low-glucose. They can be made in many flavors like: peanut butter, cheese, vegetarian, vegan-organic, chicken or beef. You can even top your treats with a puppy icing.
2) Sunbeam makes a similar biscuit maker that makes 4 bones at a time and cooks in about 4 minutes. The machine is a non-stick surface and also come with recipes and doggy frosting for those special dog events.
3) Bow Wow Bistro Gourmet dog treat maker is unique because it makes more than 2x more biscuits at one time. It makes 10 per batch and comes with a separate dog bone cookie cutter in case you want to make your own outside of using the machine. This machine is also non-stick, with a latching lid and the largest machine of all 3. No recipes come included with this machine, so you would have your own.
Maybe you don’t want to actually purchase a machine but still want to make your own treats. To make this easier, you can buy your own silicone bake ware molds in paw print, or bone shapes. Some molds even come with their own recipes included.
They even have one big mold, that you can buy in a bone shape for your own doggy cake that comes with a wheat-free peanut butter mix and frosting.
Start your dog biscuit business
Have you ever thought of starting your own business? Well if you have, maybe that business is making and selling your own dog biscuits.
Yes that is a real business!
Starting your own business can be tough especially if you don’t know exactly how to go about getting things going. There is a company that will offer you all of that. The companies name is “Bake-A-Dog-A-Bone.”
They offer you a step by step business system. It’s a course provided by a professional team of Chris Trombley and Doug Bertram. Both who have worked for many years in the pet industry. Chris was a senior manager at PetsMart and Doug was the former CEO of Farnam Pet Products.
They help you with marketing, a step by step tracking system and also help identify mistakes that new pet treat makers can make.
You get to step inside the minds of the most successful dog treat makers. Discover all the things they learned along the way and how they turned their passion into a successful business.
The cost of this downloadable program is really quite cheap it’s only $29.95 plus a free bonus which is a Bake-A-Bone Recipe Guide, an essential guide of 33 all-natural remedies and profit estimate spreadsheet.
Your own business is just a download away.
Dog treats now are even made with healthy ingredients that can help your dog. Many dogs as they get older can get stiff and achy joints and muscles, so why not get them a treat that can give them some relief.
Things like hip and joint treats or even treats that can help their teeth. There is even some with antioxidants or low fat treats if your dog is getting a little too round. Whatever you’re looking for in a treat, you can surely find it.
Just as there are treats that can help your dog, there are also treats that may hurt your dog. Certain ingredients in some treats are not ideal to give your dog. Some ingredients that you should stay away from may surprise you.
Staying away from liver treats as an example, because they can contain a high degree of toxins that could result in a vitamin A overdose. Milk based treats can also cause issues, as dogs are lactose intolerant. It can actually compromise their digestive systems. Grains are also things that dogs can have an intolerance too, and can cause inflammation of the pancreas.
We all love to give our bully sticks, raw hides, and other bulk products. Unfortunately many of these types of products can be treated with chemicals, so it is important to stay clear of these.
Treats that come from China are a huge risk simply because there is little or not quality control over there. General rule of thumb is to try to also avoid them at all cost.
To bake, to buy or own
I have come across some really great companies, that I can honestly say do everything right when it comes to making homemade baked healthy treats for your dogs.
One of my favourite brands is Old Mother Hubbard. This company has been making dog treats for since 1926, which means for 80 years, they have been doing it the right way for your dog.
They are only made with all natural ingredients and are preservative free. There is a variety of great flavors to choose from like: Chicken N Apples, Just Vegg’n, Hip and Joint crunchy treats, Peanut Butter, and even Chicken Pot Pie.
Wellness is also another great company that makes healthy dog treats for your dog. They are a family based business that prides themselves on raising the bar by only using grain-free all natural ingredients with no corn, soy or artificial flavors. Some of their popular flavors are: fish and sweet potato or lamb and salmon just to name a few.
When it comes to deciding which treats you want to give your dogs, you may want to bake your own, or buy. No matter what decision you make, you can be sure that there is a great variety of either to choose from.
If you are energetic and have the time, baking your very own biscuit recipe with ease using a treat maker, baking mold or cookie cutter may seem like the perfect choice.
Many of us, simply don’t have the time to make or bake our own, so we will make sure that we purchase our healthy treats online.
Deciding to take a plunge and start your own gourmet dog treat business could be the thing that has been missing. If it is, then, do I have a connection for you. HAHA! But seriously they are pretty great and it could be an amazing experience for you.
Seriously though, you can do something bold like open your own business, bake your own dog treats or find a great company and trust they have your dog’s best interest in mind. Personally, I have seen all of these options work well.
The answer all boils down to what you decide is best for your and your dog.
HAPPY BAKE, BUY OR SELL!