When I’ve purchased dog treats in the past, it’s been a relatively simple process. I would put it in front of Murphy’s (my skeptical mini-dachshund’s) nose and wait for him to be the ultimate judge. But, more recently, as I began to make his treats myself, it became a more complex process. What can he eat? What can he not eat? I know chocolate is bad for dogs, but why do I see it on biscuits sometimes? Oh…that’s carob! How easy is that to manipulate? (Hint: it’s not as easy as chocolate!)
So now it’s become less of a simple Murphy taste-test, and more based on who made that treat. Me? Another dog bakery (preferably local)? What kind of ingredients do they use, what’s their mission statement? Can I trust them with the health of my favorite family member? And, honestly, did they make an effort to win me over as well as my dog? One time, I found a 100% pooch-friendly treat from a local dog bakery that looked like a pizza slice! I couldn’t wait to buy it! I like when a bakery makes an effort for the humans, as well as the canines.
What about you, what do you look for when buying dog treats?
photo via the animal blog