February 16, 2021 6 min read

When we feed treats to our dogs, we usually don't give it to them expecting enhanced health or nutritional benefits. Treats are given as... well, treats!

Whether giving a reward for good behavior or just an "I love you" to your pet, treats are primarily supplemental. However, choosing natural treats over processed treatsis a small way to enhance your dog's overall health.

If you want to feed your dog the best overall diet and currently feed them a raw diet, we have listed 11 nutritional treats that not only serve as delicious treats but are edible by humans too! These snacks are healthy and delicious for both dogs and humans, allowing you to reward your favorite pup while enjoying your own treat too!

Just remember: Treats shouldn't exceed anymore than 10% of your dog's diet

Best Budget-Friendly Healthy Treats

Not all treats need to be bought at a pet store. Some treats are commonly found in our grocery stores or already in our fridge! What's even better is that they can improve your dog's health while rewarding them for being good!

These best budget-friendly snacks won't only make your pup's tail wag- but they'll help keep it wagging for longer!

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Green Beans

Green beans are a great source of fiber and minerals for your pup. In fact, many holistic veterinarians recommend green beans as a nutritious & healthy treat for dogs!

How To Feed Green Beans As A Snack: Feeding these raw and plain is the best without any seasonings or harmful ingredients like onions or garlic.

Benefits:

  • Aids in weight regulation and management
  • Provides lots of fiber, which helps to balance your pup's gut
  • Despite being low in calories, they're quite filling
  • Serves as a natural protein source
  • Contains Vitamins A, B6, C, and K

Pumpkin

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When Halloween comes around and you prepare to carve a pumpkin, be sure to leave some for your pup! Pumpkin is a healthy way to balance your pup's gastrointestinal tract.

How To Feed Pumpkin As A Snack: You can feed your dog this delicious treat raw, cooked, or canned. If it's canned remember to check that it's 100% pumpkin without any nasty ingredients like xylitol.

Benefits:

  • Naturally treats constipation or diarrhea
  • Serves as a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Promotes eye and skin health
  • Packed with carotenoids, Vitamin E, iron, potassium, and fiber
  • Packed with prebiotics
  • Boosts immune system

Eggs

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Eggs are another great source of protein and nutrition for humans, which is why it's such a popular breakfast food. Luckily, our dogs can enjoy the many natural benefits that eggs have, too!

How To Feed As A Topper: Many dog parents will add a raw egg to their dog's meal for an extra nutritional boost.

Benefits of eggs for dogs:

  • Extremely high in protein and carries lots of amino acids
  • Helps to ease a dog's upset stomach
  • Promotes a healthy, shiny coat
  • Calcium in the eggshell strengthens teeth and bones
  • Contains Vitamins A and B-12, folate, iron, selenium, and riboflavin
  • Rich in biotin, which helps offset any deficiencies

Yogurt

Yogurt is another breakfast food full of nutrients, making it a great snack to share with your furry friend.

How To Feed As A Snack: When feeding your dog yogurt, be sure to only feed them plain and low-fat yogurt. Check the ingredients for any harmful sweeteners like xylitol or chocolate flavorings, which can severely harm your pup!

Benefits of yogurt for dogs:

  • Excellent and easy source of calcium
  • High in proteins
  • Extremely high in probiotics
  • Helps your dog feel full for longer
  • Benefits your pup's digestive system
  • You can freeze it for a cooling treat

Overall, yogurt is great for maintaining your dog's gut health since it's rich with probiotics!

Watermelon

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Watermelon is a favorite summertime treat among both humans and dogs, packed with vitamins and nutrients. About 92% of a watermelon is water, being both a sweet and hydrating treat! Next time you relax at the beach with your pup, be sure to give them a couple bites of watermelon.

Benefits of watermelon for dogs:

  • Contains Vitamins A, C, and B6, fiber, calcium, and lycopene
  • Prevents Vitamin A deficiency and blindness
  • Serves as an antioxidant
  • Helps your dog's body use amino acids
  • Promotes healthy bones and teeth
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Helps to prevent cancer and cholesterol issues

Best Natural Training Treats

Every dog loves a training session- but with better treats, you're sure to make training even more enjoyable! These treats are bite-sized and delicious, giving your dog a reason to work hard during training!

Dehydrated Organ Meat

Feeding organ meat is one of the best things you can do for your dog! Not only will your dog gobble it up in a second, but they'll also receive many health benefits they can't get anywhere else.

Organs like beef liver, beef heart, lamb lung, and chicken gizzards are packed with nutrients and vitamins! Using dehydrated organ meat as a treat is a great way to care for your dog while giving them some love.

Check out our natural organ meat treats for dogs. We have Lamb Lung, Beef Heart, and Beef Liver

Benefits of organ meat for dogs:

  • Filled to the brim with vitamins and nutrients
  • Each organ gives your dog different amazing benefits
  • Benefits your dog's overall health
  • Organs are more nutritious than any other meat source
  • Contains many essential fatty acids

Chicken Breast Strips

As dogs naturally thrive off of meat, they would do anything for a bite of treats made of meat! Crafted Dog Treats: Chicken Breast Strips is a natural, human-grade treat that you spoil your dog with. Cut the strips into pieces to maximize treats during training!

Benefits of chicken breasts for dogs:

  • Full of moisture and flavor
  • Nutritionist approved and preferred
  • High in protein
  • Single-Ingredient
  • Human-grade and human edible

Nothing is more rewarding than a delicious piece of our premium treats!

Blueberries

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Blueberries, despite their small size, are full of vitamins and nutrients that will benefit you and your pup. These sweet berries are not only delicious, but they provide loads of nutrients! Despite their sweet flavor, they're actually great for diabetic dogs since they have low calories.

How To Feed As A Snack: Being small and bite-sized, blueberries are great for training sessions and the occasional snack! During the summer, you can freeze blueberries which are a perfect chilling treat for a sit or a shake.

Benefits of blueberries for dogs:

  • Great source of antioxidants
  • Have been proven to slow the effects of brain aging
  • Easy to chew and digest
  • Low in calories
  • Helps support the immune system
  • Contains fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K

Strawberries

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Strawberries are a small and sweet treat that your dog would love to train for! Strawberries are a berry perfect for any day, and your dog will thank you after eating some.

How To Feed As A Snack: Cut ups some strawberries to minimize choking hazards and have more pieces to train with!

Benefits of strawberries for dogs:

  • Packed with fiber which aids in digestion
  • Contains an enzyme that whitens your dog's teeth
  • Extremely low in calories
  • Contains Vitamins C, B1, B6, and K
  • Aids in immune funciton and cell repair
  • Contains fatty acids which boost skin and coat health

Best Treats For Teeth Cleaning

We need to take care of our dog's teeth just as much as our own. Like us, they can get gum disease if their oral health isn't cared for. Feeding dogs these treats & chews are great for improving oral health.

Just be sure to let them chew under supervision.

Beef Bully Sticks

Bully sticks aren't only great mental stimulation for your dogs, but they also take care of their oral health! Natural chews are highly digestible and don't have any chemicals like rawhide.

How To Feed As A Chew: Bully sticks can come in different sizes and you want to make sure they are the proper size for your dog. If you have a big dog avoid small bully sticks that can be choked on. If you have a small dog, give them a thinner bully stick to avoid injury.

Benefits of natural bully sticks:

  • High in protein
  • Easily Digestable
  • No chemicals
  • Improves Oral Health
  • Great mental stimulation

Carrots

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Carrots are known for being a nutritious treat that promotes weight loss and preserves eyesight. Along with these two famous functions, carrots also give you and your dog loads of other benefits! Next time you crunch on some carrots and ranch, be sure to leave a bite for your furry friend.

How To Feed As A Snack: With larger carrot pieces, your dog will need to chomp down their treat. This will help to remove buildup on their teeth & gums.

Benefits of carrots for dogs:

  • Rich in Vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, and beta carotene
  • Low in calories, but provide loads of benefits
  • Great for your dog's teeth and oral health
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Helps in solidifying your dog's stool
  • Maintains eyesight as your dog grows
  • Supports skin and coat health

Treats That Say "I Love You"

Sweet Potato Jerky

Sweet potato jerky is a healthy treat that could even be made from home! They're fairly simple to make and can be found at many pet stores, making them a convenient way to give your dog a delicious treat.

Benefits of Sweet Potato Jerky for dogs:

  • Contains Vitamin A, beta carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, and iron
  • High in fiber, benefitting your pup's digestion
  • Low-fat and low calorie
  • Serve as a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Packed with antioxidants
  • Promotes healthy skin, eyes, and coat

 



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