More specifically, whats in dog treats thats so different from regular dog food, and makes dogs freak over their treats? Why isnt this just added to regular dog food to make it more appealing to dogs, not that it really matters?
Answer by Julie G (Miss P. Culiar)
Dog food has the nutritional requirements to be a full meal.
Dog treats may contain ingredients that the dog doesn’t actually need or may contain extra salt or sugar or other additives.
Finally, a bag of dog treats is a lot more expensive than dog food.
All in all, dog treats should be just that – treats – whereas dog food can be given as regular meals.
If you dog is being picky, that is because you are letting him. Pick a brand quality dog food that you are prepared to buy regularly and refuse to give him anything other than that. Put a bowl down twice a day and take it away again after half an hour. Give him no other food until the next meal. Sooner or late he will eat. Dogs won’t let themselves get too hungry. I suggest that once he has a regular eating pattern established you use the treats as a reward for finishing each meal and only give it once the bowl is empty. Give him treats at no other times, other than when you are training him.