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Many pet lovers enjoy giving their dogs and cats occasional food treats. Pet treats can be fed along with a complete and balanced diet, however, it’s critical to ensure that treats are not used in place of food to ensure your pet is getting the right nutrition to keep him or her healthy.
Treats can be used in numerous ways to the benefit of pets and people alike.
The simple act of giving a pet a treat can strengthen the bond a person shares with his or her pet. Treats may be given as a reward for good behavior or they may be given as a snack.
Furthermore, treats are also a useful motivator and provide behavioral reinforcement during the process of training a pet. Some dog trainers have noted that particularly strong-smelling treats can be especially useful in the training and obedience process and can engage their strong sense of smell. Remember, sometimes a treat that smells delicious to your pet may not smell quite so appetizing to you, but it may help with training!
Suggested guidelines for treat feeding include:
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