Should Bigger Dogs Get Bigger Treats?

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It should be no surprise to you that I have 4 rescue dogs, a rescue cat, and also a chameleon. This post is about the dogs in my life – and a question I’ve been asking myself for months if not years. 3 of the dogs are quite small while one is a giant compared to the rest.

Here’s the breakdown on their weights so you can get an idea:

Miguel– 7 lbs
Splotchy – 8 lbs
Mackey – 14 lbs
Theodore – 45 lbs
(There’s more info on them here.)

Your initial thought may be “bigger dogs need more food, so yes give them more treats too!” Well, I am not talking about nutrition here, as treats in our home are solely for bribery or reward. In fact, most of the time I use training-sized treats like these for our dogs since they are small enough for everyone to chew (Theodore has a permanently broken jaw).

What are your thoughts? Let me know your opinion in the poll or comments.

2 comments

  1. I try to use the tiniest treats possible because I know when training I’ll need a lot. While it’s true bigger dogs can tolerate more treats, I like treats to make up as small of a percentage of my dogs’ diets as possible– so teensy treats for everyone!

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  2. As long as it’s something special, the size doesn’t make any difference. It’s the reward concept and getting a new taste that isn’t part of the normal meals.

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