Best Dog Treats To Reward Your Dog

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Dog eatting treatMost dogs are motivated to do anything if you place the right food in front of them. Whether you’re trying to train your dog or you just want to treat them for doing a good job on a walk, we’ve got the treats for you.

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Best Dog Treats For…

We’ve selected the best treats for various types of dogs based on size, age, health factors and more. Below are our top-rated dog treats, so your dog can snack on the best treat for them.

Large Dogs: StarMark Everlasting Treats Review

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This pack of Everlasting Treats includes 2 treats that you can give on their own or with a StarMark’s ball. Since many large dogs can be aggressive chewers, we thought this Everlasting Treat was a great option.

As a bonus, this treat has raised dental ridges to help clean your dog’s teeth. The treat should last your dog hours of chewing, and they’re pretty inexpensive. These treats are available in chicken, liver, vanilla mint and barbeque flavors.

Ingredients

Wheat gluten, gelatin, water, glycerine, natural chicken flavoring, corn gluten meal, garlic powder, brewer’s dried yeast, lecithin, sodium diacetate, carrageenan and titanium dioxide.

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Small Dogs: Milk-Bone Review

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Milk-Bone is one of the most popular dog treat brands, and it’s widely known. This snack comes in large 7-pound boxes that can last you weeks or even months. They’re available in bacon, beef, chicken, sausage, turkey and peanut butter flavors.

The crunchy texture helps remove plaque and tartar buildup as well as freshen the dog’s breath. These American-made dog treats are a hit with many different dog breeds.

If you are looking for a natural, dye-free product, skip ahead to this one.

Ingredients

Wheat flour, wheat bran, meat and bone meal, poultry by-product meal, beef fat (preserved with tocopherols), wheat germ, salt, turkey meal, chicken meal, dicalcium phosphate, bacon fat, brewers dried yeast, titanium dioxide (color), malted barley flour, choline chloride, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin e supplement, vitamin a supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin d3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin b12 supplement), sodium metabisulfite (used as a preservative), iron oxide (color), artificial flavor (source of sausage flavor), red 40, bha (used as a preservative), yellow 6, yellow 5, blue 1.

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Older Dogs: Hill’s Science Diet Dog Treats Review

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Unfortunately, many older dogs have a few teeth missing, which can make eating treats a challenge. Fortunately, your senior dog can enjoy these Soft Savories from Hill’s.

These American-made dog treats have a 100% money-back guarantee. They feature no corn, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Beef is the #1 ingredient, and your dog is sure to enjoy these soft dog treats.

Ingredients

Beef, potatoes, wheat flour, cane molasses, glycerin, chicken fat, cheddar cheese, peas, technical pork gelatin, natural flavors, dried skim milk, citric acid, lactic acid, mixed tocopherols for freshness.

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Puppies: Old Mother Hubbard Natural Puppy Treats Review

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Old Mother Hubbard treats are made in Canada and contain no artificial preservatives. These puppy-formulated treats include specific vitamins and minerals needed for growing pups. These all-natural treats are great for puppies to use during the training process, too.

Ingredients

Whole wheat flour, oatmeal, chicken, wheat bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin e), cane molasses, ground flaxseed, apples, carrots, garlic, salt, beta-carotene, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin e supplement, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin a acetate, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin b-12 supplement, vitamin d-3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative).

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Sensitive Stomachs: Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Canine Treats Review

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The Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Canine Treats are easier on your dog’s digestive system. These treats are specifically formulated to include nutrients your dog needs, but they still have a low fat content.

If your dog is on a prescription diet due to health issues, these treats may be a good option. We read reviews that dogs with GI issues and pancreatitis love these treats.

Ingredients

Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, wheat, barley, natural flavors, dried plain beet pulp, grain distillers dried yeast, chicken fat, powdered cellulose, salt, fish oil, psyllium seed husk, sodium silico aluminate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, fructooligosaccharides, monocalcium phosphate, hydrolyzed yeast, vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin e), l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin c), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin a acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6), niacin supplement, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin b1), vitamin b12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin d3 supplement], dl-methionine, choline chloride, taurine, marigold extract (tagetes erecta l.), trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite], rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

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Lower Calories: Good’n’Fun Triple Flavored Kabobs Review

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If your dog is trying to lose a few pounds, these Good’n’Fun Kabobs are low in calories. The rawhides are wrapped with premium cuts of real meat. Your dog will be snacking for a long time enjoying the chicken, duck and liver.

These treats have 54 ME (Metabolism Energy) kcal/treat, which may sound like a higher calorie treat, but we selected it because all the other “low cal” treats are tiny and don’t last long. For example, Zuke’s Mini Naturals has less than 3 calories per treat, but you’d have to give your dog a lot to last as long as this rawhide.

If you are looking for a natural, dye-free product, skip ahead to this one.

Warning: Be sure to read our Rawhide Warnings before you select this option.

Ingredients

Rawhide, pork hide, chicken, chicken liver, duck, vegetable glycerin, wheat flour, garlic powder, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Blue #1.

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Natural & Organic Eaters: Fruitables Baked Dog Treats Review

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These Fruitables Baked Treats are some of the best natural dog treats. The baked biscuits have a crunchy texture and work great for training or just simply treating your dog.

As a bonus, these American-made dog treats are also lower in calories (fewer than 9 calories in each), so if you want another low-cal option this one’s great.

Ingredients

Pumpkin, organic oatmeal, pearled barley, potatoes, oat fiber, canola oil, brown sugar, bananas, cinnamon, natural flavor, vanilla, mixed tocopherols.

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Filled Bones: Redbarn Peanut Butter Filled Bone Review

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Redbarn sent my dog, Sally, some treats to try out in exchange for an unbiased review. She tested the peanut butter filled bone as well as the beef and chicken cuts.

Sally has probably spent 5 hours (at least) licking the filled bone, and there is still plenty of filling in it. She loves the treat, and it’s a nice way for her to wind down at the end of the day. The moment she sees me get it out of the cupboard for her, she begins to jump with excitement.

This is a great, long-lasting treat that you can refill once it empties if you’d like. Redbarn treats and food are made in the USA, and they offer many other treats and food for your dog.

Ingredients

Beef bone. Filling: corn syrup, beef broth, chicken meal, sugar, beef fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), salt, propylene glycol, peanut butter (peanuts, dextrose, vegetable oil, salt), peanut butter flavor, agar agar, vegetable glycerin, potassium sorbate (a preservative), citric acid, lecithin, sodium benzoate (a preservative), titanium dioxide color, yellow 6.

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Other Treat Related Articles

If you’re looking for our top picks for specific dental or training treats or maybe even recipes for a homemade snack, take a look at the links listed below.

Dog Goes Shopping For Treats

This is probably one of the greatest videos on the internet. This dog goes shopping for his own dog treats, puts them in the basket himself, pays the cashier and even gets a little treat for his bowl at the end. It’s absolutely precious.

Safest & Worst Dog Treats

In the end, the safest and worst dog treats will come down to the ingredients used to make the treats. Obviously, you’ll want to take into consideration any allergies or intolerances your dog may have and avoid those ingredients in their treats.

Aside from that, our policy is if you can’t pronounce it or can’t picture what it looks like, it’s probably not good for your dog. For example, pumpkin is an ingredient that you know; however, do you know what FD&C Red #40 is? Probably not. (Note: we included a few in our reviews along with all-natural alternatives to allow you to make your own choice.)

Purchasing dog treats with known ingredients is going to be a safer option in the end. However, treats without preservatives, artificial flavors and colors can mean a higher cost. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what is safest for your dog to ingest.

Another Treat Option For Your Dog

Another option for dog treats on the go is Granola Barks. We tested Granola Barks, and our dogs gave them 2 paws up. Granola Barks are healthy, certified organic treats that come in a few different flavors.

What’s your dog’s favorite treat?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories and more. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child. In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly's research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today.

One of Kimberly's favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs, and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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Robin H
Great recommendations Kimberly thanks! What do you think of Barkworthies? Are they any good?