International Dog Treat Day falls on Wednesday February 23rd this year.
How are you going to spoil your pooch?
It goes without saying that your fur kid will be spoilt rotten, hopefully with some of our free-range, feel-good, all-natural, preservative-free dog treats. But what else will you do to celebrate your furry BFF who's always there for you, no matter what?
The History Of International Dog Treat Day
So, this auspicious day first came around back in the 1800s, when a London butcher created a dog biscuit shaped like a bone. In 1809, a business called the F. H. Bennett Biscuit Company was created using the same (or similar) recipe, which was then patented in 1911. The biscuit was called Malatoid at the time, but they soon changed the name to Milk Biscuit, indicating that the biscuit contained cow's milk.
Now, here's the thing ... dogs don't need cow's milk, and it's actually not good for them at all! According to The American Kennel Club, "it can cause unpleasant reactions, including diarrhea, vomiting, and loose stools... it is also high in fat and natural sugars. Too much fat in your dog’s diet can lead to obesity and pancreatitis." These are very serious - and sometimes fatal - conditions.
Only puppies need milk and that is the milk provided for them by their mothers. So, ditch the milk biscuits, and spoil your pup with single ingredient, additive- and preservative-free treats, made from premium quality meats.
They taste fantastic, but they're also really healthy for your dog.
Three Ways To Celebrate Your Dog (And All Dogs)
Stuck for ideas on how to celebrate your canine cutie on International Dog Treat Day? Luckily, dogs are super easy to please. Here are a few ideas.
Give Them Healthy, Premium Quality Treats
Well, firstly, give them treats, of course.
But don't go overboard, and don't buy the cheap, imported, chemical- and preservative-laden treats you see on supermarket and pet store shelves.
These are more often than not made from poor quality meats (often sourced from a meat-meal factory - check out the documentary PetFooled for more information on this).
Instead, choose single ingredient treats made from premium quality, ethically-sourced meats, that are either dehydrated or freeze-dried. Ensure they have no preservatives, and no additives like fats and flavours, sugars or salts. Go healthy, without compromising on taste.
Remember as well, not to overdo it. Treats are made using quite concentrated ingredients, or in the case of Nude Pets, using single ingredients that are dehydrated.
Imagine if you ate an entire bag of dried fruits? You'd get the runs. The same thing happens when you overfeed your dog treats, especially those made from offal. Stick to a treat or two in the morning, and maybe a small offering again later that night.
Enjoy A Long Walk or Park Play Date
Personally, we do this every day, but we do understand work gets in the way of really long walks each morning. Why not devote a little longer on International Dog Treat Day to hiking your favourite bush track, or organising a play date with their best pooch pal. You can catch up with their human, too. It will be a fun outing for all.
Don't Forget The Pound Puppies!
You may even wish to pop some dog treats to your local animal shelter - the volunteers and the pups will love you for it! Consider if you have the capacity and resources to adopt a new furry family member, while you're there. In our view, 'rescue is the best breed of all' and you will have a loyal friend for life.
What are you doing this International Dog Treat's Day? We'd love to hear from you!
In the meantime, enjoy this video of our slinky minx rescue husky Sky, enjoying her Nude Pets Twiggies. She has one every morning and her vet recently said he's never seen her teeth look healthier in the 10 years he's been caring for her!
Shonagh and Team Nude Pets 🐾🐾