The Best All-Natural Dog Treats for Discerning Doggies
Whether your dog has already mastered the art of rolling over or they are just learning to sit and stay, shop from this best-selling selection of biscuits, jerky, and other single-ingredient snacks.
Every good dog deserves treats. And, of course, our best friends should only be wolfing down snacks that are delicious and healthy. We've come a long way in the last few years when it comes to wholesome, natural food options for dogs, so it only makes sense to also choose treats that aren't loaded with artificial ingredients or chemicals, too. The good news is there are so many brands out there cooking up tasty snacks that you can feel good about giving to your pup. They range from teeny crunchy bites with only a couple of calories each (perfect for use as training rewards) to big, long-lasting chews that tell your dog how much you love them (and stop them from chewing your favorite shoe).
Shopping the pets aisle can be a bit overwhelming thanks to so many claims on the packaging, but you can easily decide what's worth purchasing by giving the ingredients list a quick look. According to Whole Dog Journal, you'll want to skip any treats that contain artificial preservatives or colors, animal products from unnamed species, or animal by-products. That narrows down the field considerably.
Single-ingredient treats make the choice easy, but there are also plenty of options made carefully with real food ingredients that your dog will love. Whole Dog Journal recommends sticking with whole foods versus byproducts and shares a valuable tip: Ingredients are listed in order of weight, so the first few ingredients make up the majority of what's in the treat. That makes them especially important, so be sure to look for high quality there.
To make your shopping trips even easier, we've picked out a few favorites that both you and your dog will appreciate.
You know the saying: "An apple a day..." Well, dogs can appreciate the benefits of nature's sweet treat, too, with Nutro's Crunchy Dog Treats with Real Apple. These all-natural dog treats contain no chicken by-product meal, no artificial colors or flavors, and no artificial preservatives and come in a variety of flavors including Apple, Mixed Berry, and Banana.
Shop Now: Nutro Crunchy Dog Treats, $11, Amazon.com
Fish sticks for dogs? Yep, these long-lasting, single-ingredient dehydrated fish skins are a natural alternative to bully sticks that your dog will go wild for.
Shop Now: Beams Ocean Chews Wolffish Skins, $13.50, Amazon.com
These single-ingredient treats are made with cage-free, non-GMO chicken from Springer Mountain Farms in Georgia, the first poultry farm in the world to be certified by the American Humane Association (AHA).
Shop Now: Wild One Chicken Tenders, $22, wildone.com
Your dog will go bananas for these biscuits made with organic and GMO-free peanut butter and bananas. The crunchy texture also helps keep their pearly whites in pristine condition.
Shop Now: Wet Noses Peanut Butter & Banana Flavor Grain-Free Dog Treats, $10.50, Amazon.com
Andrea Tovar started Bocce's in a small West Village kitchen with a mixer, an oven, and a scruffy mutt named Bocce. Today, she cooks up a whole line of treats including this bone broth variety, adding in some tasty orange carrots and finishing it off with powerful parsley to fight off bad breath.
Shop Now: Bocce's Bakery Bone Broth Dog Treats, $10, Amazon.com
Pumpkin is high in fiber, is a natural de-wormer, and can help improve skin and coat health. Perk up your pup with pumpkin in these crunchy, baked treats.
Shop Now: Portland Pet Food Company Pumpkin Brew Biscuits, $11, Amazon.com
These single-ingredient liver treats are a perfect reward for your good dog, but they can also be crumbled over their food if they need a little enticement. With only one ingredient, they're a great choice for dogs with food sensitivities.
Shop Now: Rocco & Roxie Gourmet Liver Treats, $20, Amazon.com
These crunchy gourmet dog biscuits are wheat-free, soy-free, and corn-free, which means they're great for dogs with allergies and sensitive digestive systems.
Shop Now: Harry Barker All-Natural Bacon Dog Biscuits, $19.50, Amazon.com
These oven-baked bacon, cheese, and apple biscuits from Cloud Star promise your dog will wag more and bark less. And with ingredients like real bacon and cheese, that sounds like a safe bet.
Shop Now: Cloud Star Wag More Bark Less Oven-Baked Biscuits Assorted Flavors, $7, Amazon.com
No dog can resist these crunchy little treats made with real ingredients like wheat flour, turkey liver, and cranberries. And you can stash a handful in your pocket with no crumbling, smells, or stains.
Shop Now: Charlee Bear Cranberry Cobbler Bearnola Bites, $12, Amazon.com
Freeze-dried beef liver is the only ingredient in this meaty and nutrient-packed snack for dogs. And that beef is raised in the United States free of antibiotics or added hormones.
Shop Now: Primal Beef Liver Munchies, $8, Amazon.com
This story originally appeared on MarthaStewart.com.