Published January 29, 2023

Dog Treat Conundrum 

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan

A Slice of Life 

All dog owners do this. They stand in a store and stare at shelves of dog treats with completely dazed looks on their faces. I know this. I’ve been doing it for years. 

There’s too many choices. Too many decisions to make. And your pet’s happiness and health is at risk. It’s overwhelming for a concerned dog owner. Woof. 

What chemicals are in what dog treat? Is a treat healthy, fattening, or likely to cause digestive problems? Is it really necessary to buy a treat to fight bad breath? Do they work? Will your dog eat them? How many treats are in a box or package? How big is a medium-sized dog biscuit anyway? Is this the kind of treat that will cause a dog to quit eating dog food? What do Milk Bones have to do with milk? And on, and on it goes. 

That look of loyalty, love, and trust is just one of many reasons dog owners keep a variety of dog treats within reach at all times. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

Good dog. Bad dog. Any dog, the problem is infinitely perplexing. But when you can’t live without a dog, regular visits to dog treat shelves are mandatory– gotta' be done whether or not you are at the end of your rope, or leash. Fetch ‘em up is your mission! 

Admit it. You find yourself shopping for dog treats as if you were trying to pick out that extra special present for your child’s birthday. All dog owners do it. As you look at the great variety of selections on the shelves today you seek out the one very special and unique treat that will make your dog jump for joy.  

As any dog owner knows, this is not easy. There’s just too many things to consider to get it right. Do you go for the traditional hard pressed Milk Bone or Milk Bone look-a-like treat, or maybe the chewy kind? Regular? Flavor variety? Small, medium, large? There’s treats specially formulated to promote healthy teeth too. Does that mean other dog treats are bad for teeth?  

There’s another doggone serious issue as well – your dog’s health. Sure, your dog will happily eat some moldy, putrid unknown substance he finds outside, probably after rolling in it and covering himself in stink, but you want to make certain any dog treat you purchase is loaded with all the proper vitamins and minerals and is labeled “veterinarian recommended”. Then you place those ideal dog treats in your grocery cart next to the chips and frosted donuts. Go figure. 

Dog treat choices today include a wide variety of selections. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

Yes. We love our dogs. We want to treat them right like they always do for us. They’re amazing. I have a sign in my TV room that reads, “My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” I try, but it’s impossible really.  

Dogs are always so complimentary and understanding and treat their owners right. Maybe that’s why buying the right treats for them is so darned important to us.  

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