'Tis the season for some treat givin'! The perfect pleasure to stuff your dog's stocking - (cmon we know they have a stocking!) - treats, bones, antlers and more are delicious editables and our personal way of thanking our pets for their love and warmth !
Just like shopping for friends or family members, there are choices galore. Any devoted pet parent will be left wondering what flavors and types of treats are best for their buddies. Thankfully, we are here to describe some of the options.
Soft Treats vs. Hard Treats
Softer treats are great for small or older pets, as well as those in training. Using soft treats as rewards for training allows for quick consumption, less distraction, and keeps the thought process on the behavior rewarded.
Hard treats, or classic treats, maybe be too chewy or difficult for smaller teeth. But they are also less likely to contain corn syrup or gelatin products in them.
At Buddies Pet Spa and Boutique, we carry treats made from Carberry Kitchen in Weymouth, MA, which are softer, and easily broken up. We also have classic & baked treats from the New England Dog Biscuit Company in Salem, MA.
All are human grade with natural ingredients !
Dogs tend to lean towards savory flavors, with cheese, peanut butter, and fish being top favorites!
Bones vs. Antlers
Bones, the classic choice and natural dog emblem, can be found just about anywhere. White bones, meaty bones, smoked bones, marrow bones - you name it! They can be full and hard, or hollow, or filled with special flavoring. Be on the lookout for where bones come from, and whether they have been bleached, or shipped from overseas. Often, bones with stuffing will have ingredients like corn syrup or other unnatural preservatives in them. However, a good, healthy, local bone will have much to offer in flavor, juiciness, and entertainment for your dog.
Antlers or horns, the more unique choice, are great for tough chewers. They can be purchased whole or sliced, where the sliced pieces expose the inside which is softer.They will not splinter, and wear down slowly as a dog chews on them. Deer or elk shed their antlers naturally, so antlers will come harvested from the forest, with no harm to the animals. Owners of dogs with allergies swear by them. The bone texture is also beneficial towards tooth and gum cleanliness.
Buddies carries bones all made in the USA, and our antlers are harvested from Cape Cod. We have sizes big and small, whole and sliced, for any dog!
We hope that with these descriptions, shopping for your pet will be a little easier.
No matter what, they will certainly love any gift they receive this holiday season!
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