You are totally in love with your dog and you want him to be healthy, strong, full of energy and best of all, himself.

You know that this is accomplished with a lot of love and attention from you plus a good healthy diet. You are careful about the diet dog food you give your dog. You have done about everything a good pet owner should do.

The topic I want to bring to your attention is the occasional dog treat you may give your dog. I try to give my dogs a treat at least once every day, they love it and stand waiting attentively and enthusiastically. It doesn't matter what I give them, they are just excited to get it.

There is a lot of research done on dog food and the differences you need to look for, the ingredients you want to stay from, and the qualities you want to make sure it includes. Well, you want to do the same thing for your dog's treats.

Treats for your dog should never include cookies from the party, or leftover chips or popcorn. This is junk food for your dog as well as for you. Make sure they are healthy and not given as a regular meal.

Dog treats can be a huge help if you are trying to train your dog. Don't you try harder to do something if you know you will be rewarded?

Well, multiply that feeling and you will know how your dog reacts and feels. Dog treats are great to use while training. It rewards his behavior and he will want to repeat that behavior to get another treat.

A dog treat also shows him that you appreciate and love him. You can make some great healthy dog treats at home. The commercial treats you buy contain a lot of filler and a little bit of meat.

They have artificial colors and flavors and a lot of preservatives. If your dog likes the taste with all of this in it, just imagine how much he would love having the good stuff.

The type of treat can and will affect your dog's health. Avoid giving your dog table scraps and any sugary foods. There are some better foods you can give as a treat. The foods that I do want you to avoid are grapes and raisins, they are harmful and can even cause death in a dog.

Good treats would be baby carrots, believe it or not, dogs love them and they are very healthy for your dog. You can give them a rawhide chew, milk bone, or even an apple slice.

Treats need to be given sparingly, they are not meant to replace a meal. If you are offering treats throughout the day, can keep him from eating his regular meal and cause some problems later in his health.

Treats can be made at home or found in your fridge. You can even give him an ice cube from your freezer. They love it. I will list a great recipe for a treat that you can make at home. Your dog will love it and so will you, giving you peace knowing you are giving something healthy and yummy.

Healthy Dog Biscuits
2 2/3 cups flour
1/2 cup dry powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar, white or brown
5 tablespoons beef fat, 1 beaten egg
1/2 cup ice water

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, dry
milk, salt, and sugar. Cut in meat drippings until mixture resembles
corn meal. Mix in the beaten egg. Add enough water so that mixture forms a ball.
Roll out the dough then onto cookie sheet to half inch thick.
Cut with cookie cutter or knife and remove scraps. Scraps can be
formed again and baked.

2. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from tray and cool on rack.

Remember, snacks and treats are a part of your diet dog food, make it a healthy one.

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