Healthy Puppy Treats

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We all know that puppy eyes are hard to resist and it is nice to give your little fur baby a tasty snack once in a while. Training also requires a healthy stash a goodies, but it can be difficult to decide which is best. Today we are talking about how to choose healthy puppy treats.

Which type of treat- biscuits or chews? What size? Which ingredients are safe? It can be a real minefield, but there are some simple things you can look out for to ensure you are picking safe and healthy options.

Beef Tasties, Natural Puppy Treats - 100% Air-Dried Beef, Deliciously Healthy, Gently Crunchy with No Hidden Nasties - A Perfect Start for Dogs and Puppies from 8 Weeks (300g)
SKIPPER'S Training Treats for Dogs & Puppies 500gm - 80% Fish and 20% Potato & Sweet Potato - 100% Natural & Grain Free Dog Treats
Wagg Puppy Junior Treats With Chicken and Yoghurt 120 g, Pack of 7
Dragonfly Products Grain Free Dog Puppy Training Treats - 80% Poultry, 20% Potatoes & Stock - 1000 Healthy Low Fat Treats (500g)
Beef Tasties, Natural Puppy Treats - 100% Air-Dried Beef, Deliciously Healthy, Gently Crunchy with No Hidden Nasties - A Perfect Start for Dogs and Puppies from 8 Weeks (300g)
SKIPPER'S Training Treats for Dogs & Puppies 500gm - 80% Fish and 20% Potato & Sweet Potato - 100% Natural & Grain Free Dog Treats
Wagg Puppy Junior Treats With Chicken and Yoghurt 120 g, Pack of 7
Dragonfly Products Grain Free Dog Puppy Training Treats - 80% Poultry, 20% Potatoes & Stock - 1000 Healthy Low Fat Treats (500g)
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£9.99
£5.81
£9.99
Beef Tasties, Natural Puppy Treats - 100% Air-Dried Beef, Deliciously Healthy, Gently Crunchy with No Hidden Nasties - A Perfect Start for Dogs and Puppies from 8 Weeks (300g)
Beef Tasties, Natural Puppy Treats - 100% Air-Dried Beef, Deliciously Healthy, Gently Crunchy with No Hidden Nasties - A Perfect Start for Dogs and Puppies from 8 Weeks (300g)
Price not available
SKIPPER'S Training Treats for Dogs & Puppies 500gm - 80% Fish and 20% Potato & Sweet Potato - 100% Natural & Grain Free Dog Treats
SKIPPER'S Training Treats for Dogs & Puppies 500gm - 80% Fish and 20% Potato & Sweet Potato - 100% Natural & Grain Free Dog Treats
£9.99
Wagg Puppy Junior Treats With Chicken and Yoghurt 120 g, Pack of 7
Wagg Puppy Junior Treats With Chicken and Yoghurt 120 g, Pack of 7
£5.81
Dragonfly Products Grain Free Dog Puppy Training Treats - 80% Poultry, 20% Potatoes & Stock - 1000 Healthy Low Fat Treats (500g)
Dragonfly Products Grain Free Dog Puppy Training Treats - 80% Poultry, 20% Potatoes & Stock - 1000 Healthy Low Fat Treats (500g)
£9.99

What to avoid – Some Treats are not the Best for your Puppy!

Did you know that your treat choice can actually make your puppy’s behaviour worse? Some pet treats brands use artificial sugars in their recipes. Some cheaper ingredients also contain sugars. These sugars can cause your puppy to experience a sugar rush just like a human child. 

This can lead to destructive behaviours, hyperactivity and also health issues like diarrhoea and dental decay. Some cheaper ingredients also contain sugars. Healthy treats should always have no added sugars and use high quality, natural ingredients.

Grain is another ingredient that should be avoided. Companies use grains as fillers because they are cheap. Dogs do not get any nutritional benefit from grain. Puppy treats should use filler options such as natural yoghurt, sweet potato or 

When choosing a training treat for your puppy the ingredients list will give you a good indication of quality. By law, ingredients must be listed in order of quantity within the recipe. The best treats are those that list the protein source (meat, poultry or fish) as the first ingredient. The minimum requirement for animal products in dog food and treats is 4%, but this can be any meat source.

“Meat and animal derivatives” is a company’s legal get-out. They do not need to specific what animal meat it is i.e. beef, chicken, pork etc, and they also do not need to say which animals parts they have used. Using this term also allows them to change the meat they use between batches, so the bag you bought last week may not contain the same meat products as the bag you buy this week.

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The same goes for the term “cereals”. They have not specified which cereal they have used which means they are free to use a different cereal in each batch and you, as the consumer, are unaware what you are buying.

A company using good quality ingredients will list them clearly, for example:

70% freshly prepared poultry (including 36% Chicken, 24% Duck and 10% Turkey).

Treats that use vague umbrella terms should be avoided, as should those that have a large percentage of grain as one of the main ingredients.

Healthy Puppy Treats

When choosing a training treat for your puppy the ingredients list will give you a good indication of quality. By law, ingredients must be listed in order of quantity within the recipe. The best treats are those that list the protein source (meat, poultry or fish) as the first ingredient. The minimum requirement for animal products in dog food and treats is 4%, but this can be any meat source.

Chicken or Turkey are the best options for a healthy protein source as they are lean meats and easily digestible, making them kind to young tummies. 

Look for recipes that advertise “no artificial colours or preservatives” as this means any added minerals or fats will be natural. Also choose treats that say “no added sugars”. If your puppy has a sensitive stomach you should look out for brands that do not use grain or gluten in their recipes.

Bounce and Bella Beef Tasties

Bounce and Bella are the perfect choice for puppy training treats as they only have one ingredient- Beef! They use only premium beef cuts sourced from local Lancashire farmers. Not only is the meat a good quality, but they are also supporting local businesses.

The beef is air dried from raw, which means there are no harsh cooking methods to strip the nutrients. The treats are full of protein, fibre, oils and natural fats. Beef Tasties are suitable for puppies from 8 weeks of age.

Beef Tasties, Natural Puppy Treats - 100% Air-Dried Beef, Deliciously Healthy, Gently Crunchy with No Hidden Nasties - A Perfect Start for Dogs and Puppies from 8 Weeks (300g)
  • PUPPY TREATS! Because our grain-free treats are natural, gently crunchy, 100% beef, tasty & nutritious with no hidden nasties they are perfect for your new puppy. Relax and enjoy your puppy sniffing and testing their new treats knowing you are giving them a perfect start. (Suitable as puppy treats from 8 weeks)
  • NATURAL! These puppy training treats are made with 100% premium beef cuts from the bone. So you don’t need to worry about nasties hidden away in the ingredients. Just relax and enjoy watching their excitement over treats their brand new pet parents have chosen.
  • A FRESH APPROACH! Because they’re air dried from raw the taste and nutrients are locked in which means you are giving them the best start you can. 100% beef with nothing else, no grain, no wheat, no cereals, no glycerin, no additives, no preservatives, no sugar – just simply delicious beef.
  • BRITISH BEEF! Made in the UK using British beef and sold to you by our small family business in rural Lancashire. You are helping a chain of British businesses from the fields to your front door. And all of us want to help your gorgeous dog enjoy a full, fun and healthy life with simple, tasty and nutritious dog treats made here in the UK.
  • 100% GUARANTEED! We want you and your dog to be happy, so we offer a full 100% Money-Back Guarantee. If you or your dog don't love your purchase just let us know and we'll give you your money back with no quibbling - just our usual friendly Bounce and Bella service.

Skippers Puppy Training Treats

If your puppy likes the taste of fish, then these training treats from Skippers are a great healthy option. They contain three ingredients, all naturally sourced. 80% of the recipe is sustainably sourced Salmon, Trout and White Fish, gently steam cooked to prevent loss of nutrients. Fish contain lots of omega 3 fatty acids and fish oils which help support heart health, shiny coat and brain development. 

The only other ingredients in Skippers’ treats are white potato and sweet potato. Potatoes have a high dietary fibre content, which helps maintain a healthy digestive system. They are also full of essential vitamins like A, C and B6.

The treats are dried so there is no fish oil residue and they do not smell. They also have an abrasive surface which helps remove plaque from your puppy’s teeth. 

SKIPPER'S Training Treats for Dogs & Puppies 500gm - 80% Fish and 20% Potato & Sweet Potato - 100% Natural & Grain Free Dog Treats
  • ♥ HEALTHY TRAINING TREAT - Our fishtastic Training Treats are made from 80% freshly prepared and gently steam cooked Salmon and Trout. The perfect fish-shaped tiddler size to use as high value, highly digestible rewards that are great for sensitive stomachs.

  • ♥ PREMIUM QUALITY - Fish is an excellent source of essential omega oils, and packed with important health benefits helping to relieve the effects of arthritis by reducing inflammation in dogs’ joints, promoting shiny coats, calming dry, itchy skin and supporting the hearts cardiovascular health.

  • ♥ MADE IN THE UK WITH CARE AND LOVE - We use only 100% natural ingredients, including freshly prepared and gently steam cooked Salmon and Trout to produce our delicious, nutritious, grain-free fishy training treats. No rice, no wheat, just 80% fish, sweet potato and potato.

  • ♥ ONLY THE BEST FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND - Our training treats are the perfect rewards for dogs of any breed, small or large. Whether they're a puppy, an adult or a senior we're sure they'll find them irresistible. There's over a whopping 1000 treats in each bag, making them excellent value for money.

  • ♥ ASK THE EXPERTS - With over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience in the pet and fishing industries, we are best equipped to advise our customers on the most nutritious complete food and snacks. Our team includes four-legged taste testers who continually monitor our products to ensure they are the tastiest fish treats around.

Wagg’s Chicken Treats for Puppy Training

Wagg’s Chicken treats for puppy training are little paw shaped bites of protein goodness, oven baked to lock in all those delicious flavours. This recipe contains chicken as a lean protein source, as well as wheat which is packed with dietary fibre. Wagg also add yoghurt to their puppy treats as a natural source of Calcium to support the growth of bones and teeth. Their treats are also enriched with vitamins and minerals.

Wagg do not use artificial colours or preservatives in any of their products. Their bite-sized treats are suitable for puppies aged 8 weeks and older.

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Wagg Puppy Junior Treats With Chicken and Yoghurt 120 g, Pack of 7
  • Oven Baked for Ideal Taste
  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • With added yoghurt for calcium for growing teeth and bones
  • Suitable for all dogs from eight weeks old
  • The perfect training aid for puppies and young dogs

Dragonfly Puppy Training treats

Dragonfly puppy training treats on contain poultry, sweet potato and chicken stock. Their 100% natural ingredients are produced in the UK and suitable for puppies being fed a raw diet. 

80% of the recipe comes from poultry- Chicken, Turkey and Duck. The remaining 20% is sweet potato and chicken stock. That’s it! No grain, no gluten, no artificial additives, colours or preservatives. Just healthy, nutrient-filled ingredients to support your puppy’s development and aid training.

Dragonfly Products Grain Free Dog Puppy Training Treats - 80% Poultry, 20% Potatoes & Stock - 1000 Healthy Low Fat Treats (500g)
  • ✔ GRAIN FREE DOG TREATS - Our training treats are grain & gluten free, healthy and natural, containing just 80% Poultry (37% Chicken, 25% Duck, 18% Turkey) 20% Sweet Potato and Chicken Stock. Great for use as puppy treats from 3 months onwards. Our treats are dried to a crunchy texture so they are not messy to carry in your pocket and small enough to give as a quick, high value reward
  • ✔ SUITABLE FOR RAW FED DOGS - As there is nothing besides Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Potato and Stock in our training treats, they are suitable for those following a raw feeding or barf diet as well as a traditional dry dog food diet.
  • ✔ PRODUCED IN THE UK - our dog training treats are produced in the UK, so you can feed them safe in the knowledge that they have been produced to the highest standards.
  • ✔ LONG SHELF LIFE & RESEALABLE PACKET - Our Training Treats come in a resealable pouch to keep them fresh for up to 18 months.
  • ✔ HAPPINESS GUARANTEED - if you or your dog are less than thrilled with our training treats, we will give you a full refund, no quibbles.

They are the perfect size for puppies aged 3 months and older. They are dried during the cooking process, so they is no oily residue and they are good for dental health.

Choose some healthy puppy treats that your dog will love. Remember that natural foods such as cooked chicken or cooked sausage slices are great for training your puppy. Just remember to adjust your puppy’s regular food accordingly so that they are not over-eating with treats when training.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like to read our new puppy checklist and Kibble Nibble Dog Food Dispenser.

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