So what should you treat your Chihuahua with? There are a lot of options. I’m sure you want to treat your Chihuahua with the best and healthiest treats. There are many good products on the market with regards to treats. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing treats for your pup.
Treats can be used as a training aide. If you’re trying to train your Chihuahua, it’s smart to have treats that are easy to hide in your pocket and your hand. You want to have them readily available when your Chi follows directions and actually does what you’re trying to train him to do.
Treats can also be used to reward good behavior. You want your Chihuahua to know that when he behaves well, treats follow! However – keep in mind that your Chi has a very tiny stomach and you don’t want to over feed.
Natural treats are best because they won’t contain any harmful ingredients that aren’t good for your dog. However, if you would rather use packaged treats, just make sure to read the list of ingredients and be careful about the processed ingredients. If the treat is advertised as “chicken” – make sure that chicken is at or near the top of the ingredient list and not at the bottom.
Another thing to watch is the number of calories in the treat. Calories do count, just like they do for humans! I’ve read where some people believe that “a calorie is a calorie is a calorie” – in other words, you can eat what you want, just count the calories. I disagree with this philosophy. I think there are healthy calories and empty calories. While I enjoy a good candy bar just as much as the next person, I choose not to eat one every day. It’s just not good for you. Same concept applies to your Chihuahua.
There are several fruits and vegetables that are good for your dog. Some of these include carrots, broccoli stems, green beans, cauliflower and fresh red peppers. My Chi’s all love red peppers. Apples, pears, and bananas are also good treats. Remember though – small quantities. Too much can cause stomach upset and gas.
Another option is small chunks of lean meat – turkey, chicken, steak, liver. Baked is best, but you can also boil or broil the meat.
If you’ve got a Chi with an upset stomach, brown rice can help settle their stomach. That’s what I do for myself when I’ve got an upset stomach, and it will work for your Chi, too. I can’t stress enough though, small quantities.
One treat that is especially good for your Chi is pumpkin. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals. You can cook it yourself, or buy it canned – make sure you get the unsweetened variety. I’ve seen where you can actually buy pumpkin that is canned especially for dogs.
Another use for treats is to help care for your dog’s teeth. A good dental chew can work wonders for oral health. We use Dentastix, but Greenies or the generic greenies are a good choice too. The important thing with regards to treats used for dental health is to make sure they’re given the seal of approval by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
Really, if you just use good sense with regards to treats for your Chi, you’ll do okay. Natural, healthy treats are best, in small quantities.
Love your Chihuahua!
PS: I’ve tried these treats and my Chi’s love them. Give them a try, yours might love them too!