Over the years, the Pug has consistently been one of the nation’s favourite dog breeds. It’s hardly surprising then that I receive so many messages about dog treats for pugs!
Wikipedia sums up the Pug as well as anyone. “The Pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often light brown (fawn) or black, and a compact, square body with well-developed muscles.”
And it continues. “Pugs are known for being sociable and gentle companion dogs.” Popular with celebreties and the general public at large, the Pug is a big character in a little dog!
Dog treats for Pugs
So what about those dog treats for pugs? It’s no secret that Pugs love their food. Sometimes a little too much. So if you’re going to reward your Pug with a treat, best make it a healthy one.
As a rule of thumb, a treat should make up no more than 10% of your best friend’s diet. It doesn’t matter how big or how small your dog. Them’s the rules folks!
That said of course, if for example you train regularly with your Pug, you’re bound to use more training treats on training days than on others. That’s no problem though. You simply need to feed fewer treats on the ensuing days.
Pugs are small dogs, so feeding them anything other than a small dog treat is likely to present a choking hazard. And because they love their food so much and may have the propensity to put on unnecessary weight, best watch those calories.
Look out for:
- Homemade dog treats are best because you know what’s in them.
- Dog treat baking mixes make life so much easier
- Make sure they contain only natural ingredients without additives or preservatives.
- Avoid anything not made in the UK.
- Fruit dog treats are great, especially bananas, blueberries, blackberries, watermelon and apple (with the core and pips removed).
- Vegetables are great. Try carrots, cucumber, green beans and courgettes.
Want to know more about what your dog can and can’t eat? Try the website of my resident canine nutritionist.