Why dogs seem to prefer supermarket treats to meat

October 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

Once upon a time dogs used to eat nothing but meat.  Even after domestication, much of their food was meat or at least meat scraps from the farmer’s table or abattoir.

Yes, dogs got fed other things too, but back then a lot of owners weren’t thinking about optimum nutrition for their dogs, they were just getting the job done.

So you might wonder, why do modern domestic dogs have so little meat in their diet?

  1. Dogs often need to adjust to new food like meat
    You will find that if you make major changes to your dog’s diet like adding a clump of raw meat, they will take time to process it. It could be a week before their digestion works out how to extract the nutrients.Many people take this to be a bad sign and swear off meat. Meat is the most natural food on earth for a dog so persevering to get them this nutrient is important.

    You might think from looking in a can of wet dog food that there is plenty of meat, but you would be wrong. That pink rubbery stuff in dog food (that looks like meat) is usually TVP (texturized vegetable protein). It is often made from soy and purposely made to look like meat so you are more accepting of feeding your dog a non-meat product.

  2. Dogs seem to like eating commercial dog treats
    You might think that commercial dog treats are great for a dog because they love eating them. But just like kids with candy, supermarket dog treats are often not ideal for dogs.The reason the treat is full of sugar and salt and other additives is to make the grain based treats seem like food to a dog. There’s no point making a fake food treat if a dog doesn’t fall for it.

    Just as most dog food makers have chosen grains or vegetables as the major ingredient in dog food for years, so too have dog treat makers. They have learned how to use the cheapest ingredients (usually grain) to make them attractive to dogs. Artificial flavouring helps disguise the bland grain taste.

    Natural meat-based dog treats need no disguise, they are naturally tasty and good for dogs.


If you understand how little meat dogs get in their main dog food you might wonder what meat-based dog food or dog treats will do for your dog.  You don’t need to own a wolf, Husky or Rottweiler to want to feed them the most natural dog food and dog treats on earth. You just need to open your mind to providing what might be best for your dog. It’s only natural.

BIO:  Bruce Dwyer researches and sources healthy meat based dog treats in Australia for his own dog and others. From an original career in Electronic engineering his analysis and research skills had him well sort after in Corporate Australia until he chose to concentrate on the dog service industry. His company ‘Healthy Dog Treats’ has been in business since 2011 and was based on finding the best dog food natural supplement nutrition for his own dog (Archie the 8 year old spoodle). Archie not only approves of the selections but is featured on many videos on site trialling these ‘treats’.  Understanding that people also enjoy dog treat news and free dog treat coupons he has a weekly email newsletter that can be subscribed on his site.   Bruce is also a professional dog walker and besides his regular blog on his main website his daily dog walk adventure images and videos and dog treat news can be found on these places:

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