Snacks and treats should be given to your Pug with the same thinking as main meals. These can account for 10 to 30 percent of a dog's daily calorie consumption and, like anything else consumed by a Pug, will either be harmful or useful.
When you consider the overall nutritional needs of this breed, as well as the importance of avoiding additives that can cause allergic reactions, upset stomachs, and other issues, and weight gain being a common issue for adult Pugs, what you offer for snacks and treats will play a significant role in your Pug's overall health and well-being.
This section will discuss if snacks are truly necessary, how frequently they should be given, the difference between snacks and training treats, how to maximize the advantages of these, and some healthy and delicious options.
You may be asking if it's okay to only feed your Pug two or three meals per day, with no snacks or extra treats, and if it's actually important for a Pug to have any snacks or extra treats. And, if your Pug is on a weight-control regimen, this may be very important.
The simple answer is that most Pugs, especially those on a weight maintenance regimen, can benefit from both snacks and training rewards. Let's have a look at the benefits of each of these:
Snacks help to keep a dog's appetite satisfied in between meals.
Without these, a Pug may become so hungry at mealtime that he eats far too quickly. Rapid meal eating has been associated to gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat), a hazardous and often fatal twisting of the stomach.
The brain takes roughly 15 to 20 minutes to recognize that the stomach is full. If a Pug is so hungry that he wolfs down his food, he may want to eat even after he's eaten his fill.
If a dog's stomach remains empty for an extended period of time, churning stomach bile can induce stomach upset as well as bile vomiting (often appears as a white or yellow foam-type substance).
The most effective way to educate a dog what is right and wrong is to praise positive behavior.
While praise and caressing are useful, the most efficient technique to reward is with a nice morsel of food.
Giving a Pug reward treats can substantially improve your performance with housebreaking, obedience training, efforts to stop barking, jumping up, or gnawing on non-toy objects, and it also works well for the reinforcement of desirable behavior like as interacting with other dogs or people.
As you can see, providing snacks and treats to your Pug is critical. The trick is to strike a decent balance, only serving these snacks at the appropriate times and in appropriate quantities, and to stick to really nutritious selections.
Dry biscuits, hard edible chews, and dental treats are examples of snacks.
Most Pugs do best with a total of three snacks per day. This can be any combination of foods, but dental treats are usually limited to one per day. One snack is given between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner, and one between dinner and one to two hours after dinner. If your Pug becomes extremely hungry at another time of day but it is not time for a meal, a fourth can be provided.
One hard chew, two to three medium-sized biscuits, a small handful of bite-size biscuits, or one dental treat
Training treats are little moist or chewy nibbles.
Frequency: When beginning any type of training, a reward is frequently given to mark each correct behavior. For example, whenever a Pug goes to the restroom in the designated area or whenever a Pug obeys the'sit' instruction. In other circumstances, once training has begun and a Pug has mastered the basics, rewards can be provided more infrequently. For example, once commands are understood, praise should be given every time a Pug obeys, but a treat can be given every fifth or sixth time.
Randomly offer reward and praise to show your Pug that you value their behaviors for every behavior that pleases you, even well-learned activities like sitting well while you put on a harness or heeling beside you while being walked.
Serving size: These are meant to be very little in order to provide only a tiny burst of flavor, so that many rewards do not alter appetite. Each time you want to reward positive behavior, only one or two little training treats should be offered.
What Is the Distinction Between Dog Snacks and Dog Training Treats?
While you can technically give one in place of the other, there are a few key differences:
Snacks that are intended to be given to a Pug in between meals should be dry. This is the ideal consistency for soothing the stomach and preventing hunger pangs. These may be branded as treats or chews, frequently with the adjectives crunchy or dry, or they may be referred to as cookie, cracker, or biscuit. These are frequently huge enough that a dog must chew it several times before swallowing it. This also includes firm chews designed to be gnawed on for a while by teething puppies or Pugs that enjoy chewing.
Moist training treats should be provided to a Pug during training and to reward positive behavior. This is the most effective consistency for swiftly conveying the word that a dog did an excellent job. These can be branded as treats, training treats, chews, or training chews, and the adjectives moist, soft, or chewy are commonly used. These are normally very little and are intended to provide a brief rush of flavor while having little impact on a dog's appetite.
Before we get into the finest foods for Pugs, there are three types that should be avoided:
Pug Snacks at Their Finest
When giving your Pug food, it is just as vital to be aware of which items should be avoided as it is of what is being supplied. Issues with these types of substances and additives range from allergic reactions (itching, rash, hives, and/or breathing problems) to unsettled stomach, and long-term usage has been related to disease, including some malignancies. The following ingredients should be avoided: