Best Healthy Dog Treats to Feed Your Husky

Dog Treats to Avoid

One of the best ways to train your dog is to use treats to reward and reinforce good behavior. However, with so many products on the market it can be overwhelming for a new (or even veteran) dog owner looking to purchase treats and other new dog essentials.

The documentary ‘Pet Fooled‘ caused me to take a closer look at the dog treats we feed our husky Aura. So I’ve done the research and found some of the best healthy dog treats to feed your husky.

What Makes a Treat ‘Healthy’?

First off, treats should only make up approximately 10% of your dog’s diet, the rest being kibble or another source. Being able to break a treat into smaller pieces will give you plenty of training treats without spoiling your husky’s dinner! Whole Unprocessed Ingredients in Healthy Dog Treats

Many of the same factors that make ‘human food’ healthy also apply to pet foods and treats as well. Ideally we want to find whole, unprocessed ingredients that are sourced as close to the manufacturer as possible. Organic ingredients are less likely to contain contaminants but do cost more.

For the most part we want to avoid preservatives and dyes in our dog treats. If there are preservatives they should be natural ones such as vitamin C and vitamin E. We also want to avoid treats with packaging that doesn’t provide calorie intake information.

Ingredients to Watch Out For

Here is a list of ingredients to steer clear of when selecting your dog treats.

  • Artificial preservatives like BHA and BHT.
  • Artificial colors which are unnecessarily added.
  • Added sweeteners such as sugar and corn syrup.
  • Chemical humectants like propylene glycol, used to lock in moisture.
  • Byproducts or ‘meat meal’ which is everything deemed unfit for human consumption.

You should also be aware that dogs can be allergic to certain ingredients just like a human can. One report found beef and dairy products to be the top two allergens among canines. If you suspect your dog of being allergic to something take them to your veterinarian as soon as possible to have an allergy test performed.

The Best Healthy Dog Treat Recommendations

Here is a list of the best recommendations for healthy dog treats.Newman's Own Premium Dog Treats Turkey & Sweet Potato Flavor

Dog Treats to Avoid

Here is a list of some popular dog treats that should be avoided at all cost.

Protect Your Dog From Obesity and Contaminants

Events like the 2007 Pet Food Recalls show that the best way to make sure nothing poisonous is getting into your dog’s treats is to make them at home. This way you can moderate exactly what ingredients are going into your pet’s snacks.

Aura the Husky

Obesity is an increasingly bigger issue among pets in the United States so be sure to remember that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s total diet. Consider feeding them dinner after training time because this way you can simply feed them less to account for any excessive snacking during the training session.

Is your favorite healthy dog treat not listed in our recommendations? Leave a comment below and let us know what healthy snacks you’re feeding your pet!






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  1. Renton

    I fully believe the reason dogs exist is to teach human beings what true unconditional love looks like. Taking care of them by feeding them the right stuff is not a duty or responsibility its an honour.
    I will definitely be keeping an eye out for these organic treats. That tip on bone treats was particularly important to me because I figured if they sell them in a store you trust they must be good for your dog right? I guess its very good that I found this post, thanks a lot.

  2. jaylynjj

    You are so right about the dye and all the bad stuff in dog treats. I Give my dog Bill Bully Sticks to chew as a treat all natural. Thank you for the other information on the treats good to know what i can buy for my dog. Exercise is another way to stop obesity in dogs I think a lot of dog owner’s don’t walk their dogs enough. That’s the real reason of obsitys

    • Jon

      Thanks for the comment Jaylynjj! I’ve heard of bully sticks before and they seem pretty popular. I will have to check them out and review those very soon. 🙂 Also you are very right on the need to walk our dogs to help cut down on obesity. The power of exercise to prevent obesity and undesirable behaviors cannot be overstated! A tired dog is less likely to get into trouble haha.

      We walk Aura in the mornings and try to in the evenings but it’s just too hot in Phoenix where we live right now so we let her out in the backyard to run around and play as much as possible. She is the only dog I know that loves to sunbathe in 100+ degree (fahrenheit) weather so we have to monitor her closely.

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