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Keep the Tail Wagging Ultimate Guide to Healthy Dog Treats
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One of the coolest things about being a dog nutrition blogger is learning about new dog treats.  But I have four unique dogs and what works for one dog may not work for another, and I've learned which treats are best for my pack as a whole so that I'm no longer wasting money on dog treats that fail to Wow! my dogs.

The below list of dog treats is broken up into sections; some of the treats are repeated because they fall into multiple sections.

  1. Protein Dog Treats
  2. Cookies
  3. Dog Chews
  4. Fish Dog Treats
  5. Freeze-Dried Dog Treats

What I Look for in Dog Treats

I'm very careful about the dog treats I allow our dogs to snack on, because we have four dogs with various, yet minor, health issues:

  • digestive issues (Rodrigo and Scout)
  • history of yeasty issues (Rodrigo and Sydney)
  • joint pain (Rodrigo and Sydney)
  • easy weight gain (Sydney and Zoey)

I stick to single-ingredient and limited ingredient dog treats. I avoid artificial color, artificial sweeteners, and artificial preservatives.

Each brand is hyperlinked; some hyperlinks will take you to a previous review I have written about the brand that will give you more information, while others will result in a commission for me if you buy the treats after you click the link (I thank you in advance).

1. Healthy Protein-Based Dog Treats

2. Healthy Cookies for Dogs

3. Chews for Strong Chewers

Here are a few more chews that I'm a big fan of…

28 Safe Alternatives to Raw Hide Chews, Keep the Tail Wagging®

And if bully sticks are your thing, you can read that on Natural Chews for Raw Fed Chews.

4. Fish Dog Treats

5. Healthy, Freeze-Dried Dog Treats

I really like freeze-dried treats, because they're as close to raw as I can get, they are small enough to use as training treats, and there are loads of options out there. The following are the treats I buy for my dogs.

15 Healthy Dog Treat Recipes

Are you a DIY Champion in the kitchen? Here are some great dog treat recipes that I've found and look yummy. I usually swap out ingredients like traditional flour for almond or coconut flour.

  1. Cooky's Cookie Dog Biscuits, Baking-Sense.com
  2. DIY Whole Grain Dog Treats, SomePets.com
  3. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats, WhatAGirlEats.com
  4. Turkey Jerky Dog Treats, HomemadeFoodJunkie.com
  5. Sweet Potato Dog Cookies, AVirtualVegan.com
  6. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats, ExtremeCouponingMom.ca
  7. Grain-Free Dog Treat Recipe, HomeAndPlate.com
  8. Pumpkin Dog Treats, HomemadeFoodJunkie.com
  9. Healthy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Doggie Biscuits, DeliciousTable.com
  10. Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats, ThreeLittleFerns.com
  11. Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats, AVirtualVegan.com
  12. Homemade Apple Pumpkin Dog Biscuits, SavingYouDinero.com
  13. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats, WhatAGirlEats.com
  14. Homemade Pumpkin Dog Biscuits, KitchenTreaty.com
  15. Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats, RetroHousewifeGoesGreen.com
The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Dog Treats, including 15 recipes for the cooks out there.
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