Snack wisely: this is how your pet snacks responsibly

Your dog or cat naturally loves a tasty treat, but as with humans, too many snacks for dogs and snacks for cats are not good. In this blog, you will read all about responsible snacking!

Dog snacks and cat treats

First of all, pay attention to the number of calories: a dog or cat has a recommended calorie intake. This intake consists of both daily food and treats in between meals. Up to 10% of the daily calorie intake should consist of snacks. Do the math!

Also, always look at the ingredient list. Many snacks are packed with unnecessary ingredients, such as sugar and salt. Also avoid artificial additives, such as colourings, aromatic substances and flavourings. With our snacks, you are always right: they are packed with meat and fish and contain no artificial additives. You can also spoil your dog with a chew bone: not only does it taste good, but it keeps him busy and maintains his teeth! For cats, we have delicious delicups, packed with healthy ingredients.

How often can I treat my pet to snacks?

It is very tempting to give in to your dog or cat's pleading eyes, but snacking should remain a reward for pets. A snack is an ideal motivation during training or to teach good behaviour, but again, don't give too many snacks. Many people reward a pet with a snack every time it performs a command well. You then get the problem that your pet only performs the command for the snack, and not for you. Therefore, alternate the way of rewarding during training. One time a snack, and another time a big hug.

You can train good behaviour with food, but unintentionally we also reward a lot of bad behaviour with food. A good example is begging. If you regularly give your cat or dog something under the dining table during dinner, you can bet they will make a habit of waiting begging under the dining table. Do not give them snacks at set times either, as there is a good chance this will lead to begging. By rewarding them for this bad behaviour, they will start thinking they will always get something if they exhibit that behaviour.

Snacking while playing

Another fun way to use snacks is while playing. For example, you have many toys for cats and dogs in which you can hide dog biscuits and snacks and treats for cats. The search for the treats will keep your pet physically and mentally healthy. Ideal for those rainy days when they are indoors a lot. For cats, you can also tie a treat to a wire or throw it around the room to give her a good run. For dogs, you can play sniffing games by hiding the treats around the room or in the garden.