The majority of Americans own a pet (at least 68 percent, according to a 2016 report) so it’s safe to say we all love our dogs and cats. Once you’ve covered the basics like picking out the perfect bed, settling on a meal plan, and training pets in basic commands, there’s one more category to consider … treats! Snacks might not be essential, but they’re a pretty great way to show your pet some extra affection, or even help with training.
Healthy Dog Food Ingredients
Just like humans, dogs benefit from a healthy diet that features wholesome ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and high-quality proteins. Here are some of the best dog food ingredients to look for in meals, treats, or homemade recipes.
- Meat: Unless they have a sensitivity, most dogs aren’t picky about meat—they love it all! Choose from chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb, and incorporate organ meats like liver for added nutrition.
- Carbs: Carbohydrates provide instant energy for dogs. Skip lower-quality options like corn and soy and instead opt for carb sources from ingredients like berries, kale, squash, and pumpkin.
- Fiber: Keep your dog on track with his digestion by making sure meals offer some fiber.
- Essential fatty acids: For a healthy coat, essential fatty acids are key. Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can be sourced in meat or poultry, but you can also look out for ingredients such as fish oil and flaxseed.
Top Soft Dog Treats Brands
For the best soft dog treats, turn to these member-favorite brands.
Its mission is in the name. Wellness has been developing its line of cat and dog foods since 1997, and works closely with food scientists, veterinarians, and animal nutrition experts to create wholesome options for your furry family members.
The Lazy Dog Cookie Co.
In 2001, a home baker combined her love of baking with her love of pets to found The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. This brand uses high-quality ingredients to make irresistible dog treats, and also gives back to charity.
I and Love and You
To help you raise a healthy dog, I and Love and You offers a range of meal and treat options like grain-free formulas, recipes with prebiotics and probiotics, and fatty fish oil for skin and coat support.
Best Soft Dog Treats
Your pup will love these soft dog treats!
WellBites Chicken & Venison Dog Treats
Soy- and preservative-free, dogs will love these chewy bites filled with ingredients like salmon, lamb, apples, sweet potatoes, and blueberries.
The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Mutt Mallows, My Little Pumpkins
Your dog will love these vegetarian bites from The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Each treat is baked with pumpkin and vanilla, and free from corn, wheat, and soy.
I and Love and You Chews + Treats - Hip Hoppin' Hearties
Gluten-free and soy-free, this bag of chews will make any dog a happy camper. The recipe features green tea extract and turmeric, plus Glucosamine to help support healthy joints.
Homemade Snack Ideas For Your Dog
DIY dog treats are easy to make, and are guaranteed to receive rave reviews.
If there’s a canine birthday in the house, whip up a batch of dog-friendly cupcakes! These treats are made with kibble, sweet potato, milk, and peanut butter—and feature a yogurt-based frosting.
DIY Dog Donuts
This recipe makes dog-friendly donuts that are perfect to use for training. It’s an easy dish to make, using pantry staples like coconut oil, pumpkin, and almond flour.
Tips to Prep for a New Dog
Adding a new member to the family? Don’t miss our handy blog post with all the resources you’ll need to set up your space.