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Healthy dog treats are meat based not carrot, beans or apricots. you own a dog!

cheese is not a healthy dog treatThis is the third blog on the healthy dog treat site to review an article that claimed to know ten or more perfect single ingredient foods that are healthy dog treats. So far we have found only one on their list is actually true, and maybe there is one more below, maybe.

The article says that Carrots are great for dogs!  They say that you should "Pack a raw baby carrot or two for a great on-the-go dog treat. Or cook them and mash into your dog’s dinner for a sweet and healthy addition." 

I had a client a while back that gave his dogs carrots as a reward. Yes they go crunch, yes the dogs like hearing the snap, they have a great texture and are fun. They have sugar in them too! 

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Healthy dog treats are meat based NOT vegetables or grain let's see why.

Apples are NOT healthy dog treatsThe previous blog on this site was part 1 of 3 that reviews a high ranking healthy dog treat article you can find on the net. The first blog found that the top of their list  had one food that was possibly healthy for a DOG. This is the second in the set of reviews, and sees that NONE of the three offerings are of much value to your dog. And if it is low value, it is not really healthy, it is filler.

The single food items they talk about are NOT poisonous (well except for the seeds of one of the fruits), but they are just of little value except for the carbs they supply. if your dog is on a commercial diet they will already have sufficient vitamins and minerals added to the grain. And plenty of carbs - even though dogs dont need carbs at all !

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Healthy dog treats are not vegetables or grain regardless of who markets them to you

rice is NOT a healthy dog treatRecently I came across a high ranking article on healthy dog treats. The online  'dog 'magazine' (who mostly sell advertising space on their website) rather than give science paper references or anything to back up their claims, say they have the perfect ONE ingredient answer to what is healthy for your dog.

And if you look at what is in most expensive kibble (grain based) commercial dog food, you would be tempted to believe them. But it is not so. This is the first of three blogs where I dissect their choices and their explanations for the true farce that they are.

Cabbage was their number one healthy single ingredient dog treat. Note, this is for a DOG, not a rabbit or guinea pig - a carnivore dog. The article claims that "cabbage is cancer-fighting". 

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Healthy dog treats are perfect supplements for commercial dog food

Healthy dog treat eating dogWhy bother buying dog treats if your dog's diet is "healthy"

Very few people buy dog treats as a dog diet supplement, but for 99% of people, that is exactly what their main use should be. Manufactured dog food doesn't have anywhere near enough quality meat protein in it (for essential amino acids that are bio available) and most home made dog diets are not meat based or have the right additives of calcium and Omega's. 

For homemade dog food you can add large dried bones (for calcium) or shark cartilage for calcium and Omega 3. Roo products are high in meat based Omega 3.

Human behaviour is hard to change at the best of time, let alone our overt or subconscious beliefs. So most of what I have written above won't be considered to be true by 99% of the dog owner population.

BUT if there is a slight chance that you might consider that not all dog food corporations have your dog's best interest at their primary purpose (ie its actually all about profit) - THEN you might consider a little more meat in your dogs diet couldn't hurt.

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Are gourmet dog treats better than homemade healthy dog treats

Husky meat eating dogHomemade dog food, healthy dog treats and a dog's diet

Lately in the dog parks my conversations about homemade dog food take an interesting turn. Its a conversation that is usually as intense as their love of their dog - but usually its because they HAVE to hold onto their belief, science doesn't get a look in.

For instance did you know that only 3% of people in Australia make 'homemade dog food' for their dogs. And the usual reason is that they THINK they are providing better nutrition for their dogs. A noble cause and one I am pursuing too.

Some people will say they hate all the additives in bought dog food (but buy any old dog treat for their dogs). A few people I meet say that they think their dogs are allergic to the grains in the dog foods, so they either buy 'non grain' dog food, or make their own dog food.

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Dried bones are healthy and should be Mandatory in dog diets.

Dog bones as dog treats This blog has been inspired by a recent email I received from a person who claimed that their rescue shelter told them that smoked bones were bad for dogs. Well firstly the bones we sell are oven dried. Secondly, some companies actually smoke their bones to increase palatability for dogs.

The other reason other companies use smoked bones is because of the anti-bacterial nature that smoked bones provide to digestion - a health boost. And thirdly, they are plain wrong.

The proper use of bones for dog treats 101

Dogs are carnivores. Dog Food does not provide enough meat protein. You don't always know what manufactured 'dog food' calcium sources are either (so they might not be as bio available as dog bones). BONES are the most natural balanced (with phosphorus) calcium source for dogs.

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If you are going to feed your dog yogurt or carob dog treats, leave it to the experts.

Yogurt dog treats the bestYogurt dog treat disclaimer

My dog has never been a fan of  Yogurt dog treats or Carob dog treats.

This plus the fact that I feed him on a raw meat diet with minimal vegetables might give you a hint why I tend not to feed him dog treats that are anything but meat.

But then I thought about what other websites might be doi with these kinds of treats, and like most people I went to google.

On Google shopping (the section toe the top right of the search page) One of the major Melbourne PET STORES is selling exactly the same pack as us for $6.99 - we sell it for $5.95 at the moment.  And while they will sell many brands (anyone that will give them money will get onto their shelves) we are a lot more selective with what we sell our customers. 

What is it about dogs and dog treat bones? And our new BEEF SHANK!

beef shank bone dog treatA lot of people give their dogs the same old bone over and over. A lot of people tell me they go to the butcher and get a bone that is big and cut in half because it has all that lovely marrow. Well that is good if your dog in the wild was going to pull down those kinds of animals - but for most dogs, that marrow is very high kilojoules and will just put on weight, rather than provide nutrition. And of course with fresh bones there is a higher propensity for dogs to bury it, or for it to be very messy on your floor.

Then there are people who only give their dogs little raw bones, because they like their dog chewing - but they don't even know that raw feeders do it primarily to add the healthy amount of calcium and phosphorus to the dogs diet.

Ten there are people who swear that bones will instantly kill their dog, because the "vet told them so".  Kind of rewrites the last 100,000 or so years of history of the wolf, and the last 20,000 years of the domestic dog. 

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What meat dog food and dog treats can do for scary dogs

Lovely territorial roxy dogThe title might seem misleading, but I am sure that if I didn't work in the dog industry, if I didn't know dog behaviour and how not to be bluffed, that this girl would come off to be very scary to the average citizen.

Meat based dog treats and dog food

So you might be wondering why I am blogging about Dog behaviour and its connection to meat dog treats or meat dog food.

If any of you have read articles and science papers of the last decade about the affects of unnatural colours, additives and a whole range of things we put into our adult human food that we buy at the supermarket, then you would realise that a lot of these are being linked with autism and a whole array of child misbehaviour problems. From concentration to physical ailments.

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Why there is little meat in your dog food and dog treats

A happy meat dog treat dogI am a raw meat feeder for my dog (I have done the analysis many times over) so why would most dog treat and dog food companies only put 20-30% meat (including offal and bad meat by products in their 'foods' ??

The cost of meat and wheat in dog treats

This is something very basic, a back of a napkin kind of calculation but it should bring it home to you as to what you are paying for in your dog treats and dog food even.

In Australia the Australian Wheat Board has a lot of current information on prices. In August 2015 they say wheat price estimate sheet for 2015/ 2016 gives a ton of wheat at about $250  and Conola at about $500 AUD.

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Home made dog treats or Natural dog treats are NOT all healthy

natural dog treats DOGSNatural dog treats should have meat as the main ingredient

If you found a shop or an online store stating that their dog treats were the healthiest and their advertising was there to convince you that you were making the best nutrition choice for your dog - you would probably want them to be telling the truth. But the sad fact is that most people and manufacturers don't either know what dog nutrition means, or what is actually healthy for a dog. Consider the statement below to see what is wrong with much of the dog treat industry.

If you found a sign that included the below text, you might be inclined to agree, but its not all about what's NOT in the dog treats - how about what is in them as well?

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Our holiday in Noosa and the price of dog treats Australia

Noosa sunset and dog treatsDog Treats Australia, where else?

Its been a long time since I was on holiday last, and a long time since I had to leave my dog with anyone else, so this last one was a bit of a mixed feeling.

Where we stayed was beautiful and the people were great, and even though we didn't see many dogs being walked in the streets, I know from the media that they do like their dogs up there.

The most curious thing about our visit and dog treats was that in one of the main tourist sections there was only one supermarket, and its prices were two to three times more expensive for most items than our regular local supermarkets.  You know that prices are over the top when they are as high or higher than a Coles express supermarket price.

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What are meat based dog treats? And why buy them.

dog biscuits are not meat dog treatsIf you search on google for meat dog treats you might find that the top of the page is dominated by google adwords advertising, and on my search I found an advert for something called: Doggie Treats Beef 300g

The first thing you should be alerted to is that these treats are BISCUITS - and by definition biscuits are not mainly meat, they are mainly grain.

The next claim of beef flavoured Treats does not mean that it is a MEAT DOG TREAT. Not only do we not know if the beef is real beef or artificial flavoured chemicals, but the first ingredient listed is calcium, plus some general "human grade ingredients". It is very safe to say that these biscuits are not a meat dog treat.

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Why sugar laden, salt added dog treats are king

Chickens feet not ideal dog treatsIf you hadn't noticed the trend of supermarkets and fast food selling junk cheaper to families than many fresh foods (meat and vegetables) then you may not see the connection with cheap dog treats.

For years bland bad food was made attractive to humans (often in the poorest areas) by being easily accessible, advertised in bright colours and laden with sugar and artificial flavours and colours, and if it taste really nice and is addictive they will keep coming back for more.

If you didnt know about supermarket power in Australia, you might be surprised that two supermarket chains control over 80% of food bought from supermarkets as well as many other store types like clothing and hardware. With so much market power and money to advertise, it is little wonder that the brands that win the lottery (are also owned by massive conglomerates) are the ones sold on these supermarket shelves.

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Why ling skins (fish) might be a good alternative to any dog treat

ling skin dog treats fishSomething's hit you like a blinding light of awareness. And so it happened with ling fish skin dog treats today.

And before I get any vegetarian conservationist complaining about Ling fish skins, please be aware that the sites I have seen them on suggest that they are actually a preferred alternative to eating many other fish that are in smaller numbers. These fish are on the "BETTER CHOICE" column.

These fish are caught under license in Australian waters and the skin is discarded after the fish meat is prepared for market for human consumption. So if you dont use the fish skins for dog treats, they will be used in much less value products or wasted all together.

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As far as organic dog treats go you can't beat kangaroo dog treats

Dali meat and roo treat eaterKangaroo meat makes one of the best dog treats in the world, bar none. Each country has a few large animals that are in over population mode and have government quotas on these animals for shooters, and this is what is happening in Australia.

America has Bison some countries have wild goat or various animals. Canada seems to export a lot of Salmon. To find out what is the most plentiful organic meat, simply see what exotic meats are included in high end kibble.

In Australia the reason why Kangaroo is so good is that it has high Omega 3 values, is a very lean meat, and Australia is relatively unpolluted so you know that organic is as close to organic as possible.

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Shark cartilage as dog treats - cant beat Australian made !

best shark cartilage for dogsShark cartilage used as dog treats is a wonder dog treat

So why would you buy Shark Cartilage from this premium Melbourne Dog treat site? Many reasons. But before you buy, we provide some of the answers here.

Hypocrisy and mis-information all around the dog food food and dog treat industry - and in fact all that most dog treat companies do is whack on the words natural or organic and people flock to buy their product regardless of what is actually in them or what they do.

As you will see in this nutrition article. Shark cartilage is one of the healthiest, multi-purpoose dog treats you can feed your dog.  It is literally a miracle of the dog treat world!

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Why feeding dogs road kill can make good sense

kelpie meat eaterNow to the unsavoury matter of pet food and the 4 ds. It is well know that meat makes up a minor part of most man made dog food. But did you know that the component called "meat meal" as used in dog food around the world can include zoo animals, road kill, and 4-D (dead, diseased, disabled, dying) livestock ??

It is also well known that many dog shelters send their dead dogs and cats to rendering plants that boil these animals down and these also become "meat meal".  NOT in every dog pet food of course, but as there are very few laws in the world against this practice it is still ongoing in many countries. including America, where most of Australia's dog food currently comes from.

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What dog food and dog treats not to eat in Broken Hill outback

kangaroo footprintsAs anyone who has casually observed on this site, I am a strong raw meat advocate for dogs. Domestic dogs for mostly business reasons have been fed grain for many years, and not much of this has been for a dogs benefit.

I discussed the difficulty I had in continuing my raw diet with limited meat supplies at reasonable prices in the last blog, but further than that, I want you to look at the image in this blog and tell me what animal it is?   I had no idea except for knowing the type of animals that probably would be on the outskirts of the town.

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When Healthy dog treats become dog food in Broken Hill

Archie dog in Broken HillMany people don't know about the nutritional value of meat to dogs that are essentially carnivores.  The massive dog food industry has everyone (97%) of owners believing you must feed your dog grain and carbs or they will die (and only from a bought plastic bag).

However even as a raw meat feeder, I have to sometimes compromise. Not on my dogs health. that will never happen, but on the mix that goes into their dog food.

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black dog treats and the story behind their great range

A black dog black dog treats dogRecently I stocked my blackdog treats in a small local cafe.   Its amazing how different people have so many different levels of knowledge about different product lines.

Essentially I had to start at the beginning of the blackdog Melbourne dog treat company story and tell them that these treats are so different because they actually have a majority of meat in them, around 80% plus for the average treat. I didn't go fully into explaining why that was important, but most people seem to intuitively have an understanding.

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Homemade dog treats seem like a good time consuming idea

Homemade dog treats dogWhy are Homemade dog treats & dog treat recipes so trendy?

If you look at google search trends for any year related to dog treats, you will find the main thing people are not looking for is manufactured dog treats, but homemade dog treats.

The most curious thing about this is that 98% of people in Australia buy manufactured dog food for their prize companions. Yes 98% of people go down a supermarket isle or a boutique pet store and buy a big bag of grain with 20 to 30% meat in it.  

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kangaroo dog treats like roo jerky are tasty and healthy too!

Roo based dog running for his life!Why are roo dog treats THAT good?

I recently had one of my clients as for me to get her some wacko treats.  She is not the only one that calls all treats whackos - funny what a few million in advertising dollars will do for a multi-national.

Even funnier was her inability to describe what shape and colour she thought the treats her dog liked were. I knew what treats she was after, but she swore that my recommendations this time were inaccurate so we went for ones that she tried a year previously that I think her dog soon gave up on.

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What is all the excitement about chicken breast fillet dog treats?

Chicken Breast Dog Treat best in AustraliaOnce upon a time dogs were wolves. They chased things, caught things and ate things. They were happy. When they evolved into dogs, man found it cheaper and easier to feed them grain, even though it was not particularly good for them. The corporations flourished and share holders made great profits at the expense of the dogs world over.

It is clear to everyone except the dog food manufacturers press teams, that meat is the only bio available protein source that is easily used by dogs digestion systems. Meat can be fully broken down into essential amino acids.

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