Sometimes, your standard treats just aren’t good enough.
By Erin Kirkpatrick
Most dogs stop and stare when the word “treat” is uttered. They’ve been conditioned to react when they hear that glorious word and others, including “walk,” “tennis ball,” “park,” and “good boy/good girl.”
Treats are one way to signify our love and affection as well as reward a job well done (i.e. going to the bathroom, shaking a paw, etc). A recent study has shown that dogs might be taking advantage of our routine way of rewarding them. The nerve! Actually, it’s quite smart.
Let’s be honest. Many of us aren’t going to change our behavior because of this finding. We’re still going to dish out treats. We might as well accept that right away.
However, we can test out our dogs’ resilience to bizarre new treats. We’re still rewarding them, but we’re doing it with ostrich hearts, bull penises, chicken feet, kale, pig snouts, and other peculiar items.
Let’s beat them at their own game!
1. BULL PENISES
Credit: Homes Alive Pets
We thought we’d get your attention with this one! Bull penis treats, commonly referred to as “bully sticks,” are made from dried, braided cow penises and have no hormones or preservatives. Pups will love the meaty taste, while owners will love that this long-lasting option promotes healthy teeth and gums. Due to this treat’s high calorie count, vets recommend giving these out once a week. Homes Alive Pets offers bulk pricing, so you can buy more bull penises for your pet. Hint: You don’t have to tell them what they’re chewing.
– Made from free-range, grass-fed cattle
– Ideal for small to medium dogs
– Product of Brazil
– Minimal odor
2. YAK MILK
Inspired by an ancient hard cheese snack recipe enjoyed by the people of the Himalayas, the Himalayan Dog Chews were created! The no-preservative, no-additive chews are made with yak and/or cow milk, and are gluten-free. Chews are available for dogs of all size – starting at under 15LBS and over 70LBS. According to the product’s website, “dogs must work the end of the treat for hours, softening it with their mouths before small parts of it can be slowly chewed off.” That means, you now have many blissful hours of peace and quiet to enjoy!
– May not appeal to all canines
– Minimal odor, may leave behind crumbs
– Prices vary
Credit: Dogs Love Kale
The “kale craze” has found its way to our pets, or at least to their pet treats! Dogs Loves Kale has started a line of dog treats that, you guessed it, include kale among other super healthy ingredients. Their Tropical Delight treats feature green bananas that have been shown to improve the health of coats, muscle tissue, and digestion, while coconut’s lauric acid boosts immune system health. If green bananas and coconut aren’t your thing, Dogs Love Kale has a ton of other flavors that might pique your interest! Snap Pea treats are also available, too!
– 7 to 8 kcals/treat
– Wheat and grain free