Treats come in all shapes and sizes. Some kinds are fantastic for an everyday snack and others are great specifically for training. Luckily at Kriser’s every one of our treats are inspected to make sure that they never have corn, wheat, soy, fillers, or other unhealthy preservatives – but it’s helpful to know which kinds work in which situations. Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of treats we have and how to decide if they might be the right choice for your dog the next time you’re working on brand new trick.
CRUNCHY BISCUIT TREATS OR COOKIES
Yum! This type of treat is a true classic. They’re often baked and come in a variety of flavors like blueberry, cheese, pumpkin, lamb, chicken, or bacon. These can come in small pieces, but most come in larger varieties that are simple to break up and serve in pieces to help when learning. Give one of our yogurt-covered tasty donuts, Grandma Lucy’s cranberry cookies, Fruitables Pumpkin Blueberry biscuits, or Sojos Chicken Pot Pie bite-sized bits a try!
SOFT SEMI-MOIST TREATS
These treats usually come in tiny bite-size morsels and are fantastic for training but also work really well as an everyday treat. One of the benefits of semi-moist dog treats is that it is soft, making it easier to eat and to digest for small dogs. If you are doing the roulette training method, these are GREAT when your pet hits the jackpot! Check out Primal’s Beef Nibs, BIXBI’s Pocket Trainers in Bacon, or Plato Thinkers in Duck to see how your pet responds.
Jerky is a real favorite, especially if your pet is on a raw diet. These are dried out hunks of meat that come in beef, bison, chicken, salmon, turkey, and pretty much any other meaty flavor you can think of. Kriser’s carries a ton of jerky treats because we believe any way you can incorporate more slightly cooked or raw meat into your pet’s diet, the better. Head in to check out the many varieties offered from Fruitables, Look Who’s Happy!, Real Meat, Pacific Paws, Snack21, Barkworthies, BIXBI and more!
Freeze-dried dog treats are great because they are super-high value tasty treats and your pet is getting a ton of raw nutrition in every bite. Vital Essentials Minnows, Chicken Hearts, and Beef Liver are favorites of many, as are Freeze Dried Boar, Bison and Lamb from ORIJEN. They are generally very low in calorie so you can give a small handful during a training session and not feel like you have to cut back on their dinner portion.
If you’re feeling adventurous you could also give the freeze-dried Beef Lung from Butchers Block a try – it’s huge and dogs love the big crunch it brings! Just be sure to portion it out.
HUMAN FOOD TREATS
It’s okay to mix in some of your favorite human treats too. In general, fruits and vegetables like sweet potato, watermelon, apple, blueberries, pumpkin, spinach, kale, green beans and bananas are great to share. Don’t overdo it with any of these, but a bit here and there is always great. You’ve heard it before but it’s important to mention again – human treats your dog should always steer clear of are chocolate, coffee, citrus, grapes, macadamia nuts, avocados, onions, chives, and any salty processed snack foods.
AT KRISER’S WE LOVE TO SAY “YOU ARE WHAT YOU TREAT”
Pets love to snack on healthy, nutritious treats of all kinds, but they can be picky just like us and finding the right treat can help your pet learn faster, stay healthy, and be happy. Some dogs love duck and hate beef, or they love freeze-dried but are completely unmotivated by semi-moist treats. We encourage you give a couple different kinds a try to see what really works and really keeps them coming back to learn more. Come on in and speak with a Kriser’s Pack Member to find the right one for you or to grab an in-store sample.