13 April 2018 | Life with your best friend

The Benefits of Treats for Dogs

Who doesn’t love a treat? It’s a reward after a hard day’s work, a pick-me-up when life’s getting you down, or a sweet something to celebrate a special occasion.  While we are not advocating feeding your pooch chocolate cake, they too can benefit from receiving treats, and the benefits go much further than simply an indulgent snack.

Use in training

Probably the most obvious use for doggy treats is during training. It has been well-documented that giving treats during training is extremely effective. Dogs are motivated by food. As soon as the dog performs the desired action, he is rewarded with a treat, and a positive association is made. Just make sure the treat is a) small, so that it’s quick to swallow and digest, and b) delicious, for obvious reasons.

Prevent destroying your furniture

Doggy treats are great to channel destructive chewing. Put them inside toys, or hide them in a designated spot in the garden. Searching for treats and trying to get them out of the toys will provide hours of entertainment – away from your expensive lounge suite.

Mental stimulation

Using treats to teach your dog new tricks, do obstacle courses, or go on a ‘treasure hunt’ are all great brain teasers and provide mental stimulation which means a happier and more well-behaved dog.

Provide nutrition and dental benefits

Certain treats can also provide much-needed nutrition. As well as general health benefits, these treats can aid digestion, manage tartar build-up on the teeth, improve immunity, and help give a healthier and glossy coat, to name a few. Regal Doggy Bites for example, are a sugar, wheat-and gluten-free wholesome biscuit that are healthy and tasty. Not only do they aid in digestive health, but they manage tartar control too!  

Doggy Bites:

Regal Doggy Bites are a wheat-free, wholesome biscuit that is a healthy and tasty option to keep your pet in tip-top condition. Ensuring their health comes first, these gluten- and wheat-free biscuits, with delicious peanut butter flavour, will aid in their digestive health. Regal Doggy Bites also help manage tartar control, making this the perfect homemade treat! Your dog won’t be able to resist chowing down on these delicious bones.  

Where to buy:

You will find the Regal range stocked across selected Pick ‘n PayCheckersSpar and vet and pet shops around the country. We are also stocked in all Dis-Chem outlets nationwide.

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