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If you’re anything like us, you want to give your dog loads of yummy treats because they’re SUCH a good boy or girl… but you also don’t want to overload them with non-nutritious empty calories. Woof. What to do?
Don’t worry! You can totally treat your furry BFF to some food-based lovin’ while keeping them healthier than ever, as long as you keep a couple of things in mind.
Choose Healthy Treats
First, start by choosing healthy & delicious treats like dried cod skins. Did you know fish skins are easy to digest and packed with Omega−3 fatty acids, which promote healthy skin and a shiny coat? Fish skins also contribute to muscle growth and improve heart health, making them a perfect high-protein, low-fat snack for pups of all ages.
Plus, doggies absolutely love the flavor of fish skins (we can tell by the way they devour Healthybud’s 100% natural cod skin treats)!
Once you’ve chosen a healthy treat, think about how you want to give it to your pet. There are so many great ways to treat your bud to healthy snacks so they get even more bang for their bite — from nutrients to brain and sensory stimulation. We’ve got some awesome ideas for how to treat your dog to cod skins coming right up.
5 Fun & Healthy Ways To Treat Your Dog To Cod Skins
Sprinkle on top of their meal. Using fish skins as a meal topper is an easy way to give your pup a nutritional boost because you simply add it to their meal at meal time. The extra burst of deliciousness can also help picky dogs finish off their bowls, so they’re nice and full!
- Crumble in a snuffle mat. Snuffle mats — oversized mats with fleece strips where you can hide kibble and treats — encourage dogs to show off their natural foraging and hunting chops, which is super enriching for them. These sorts of activities, known as nose work (aka scent work), can even help dogs overcome behavioural issues, according to the American Kennel Club.
- Place in a KONG. If your dog could use a change from the old peanut butter in KONG routine, try using cod skins instead. Keep your pooch preoccupied as they satisfy their urge to chew while getting their jaw strong and teeth clean. When your pup finally gets the treat, not only will it taste good but it’ll be good for them too!
- Play a brain game. Make cod skins a part of brain games that you can play with your pup at home. You can play 'hide and seek' by hiding treats around your house (e.g. under laundry bins or in boxes) and seeing if your bud can find them — or hang onto the treat yourself as you hide under the bed. Or you can play ‘find the cup’ by putting a treat under one of three cups, shuffling them around, and seeing if your doggy sniffs out the right one. Brain games help your dog develop problem-solving skills, exercise their brain and thrive.
- As an every day treat. Of course, while there are many fun ways to treat your pet to cod skins, they are also healthy enough to use as daily treats for basic training and rewards so throw your dog a cod skin goody when they sit, stay or high five.
As with all treats, make sure to supervise your bud while feeding him or her cod skins.
Stay healthy, stay happy, stay curious #healthygang!
Lots of love,
- The healthybud team
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is not meant to replace your vet’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to suggest additional options to explore, based on your dog’s condition.