Many owners feed their huskies and sled dogs with suitable kibble or other diets, but forget that treats often contain ingredients that can cause digestive and other health problems.
The problem is common amongst new owners, who will usually be trying to train their new puppy or dog, feeding them lots of treats whilst doing so.
It is important to make sure that you find treats that suit your puppy or dog to help prevent health problems arising.
It is also worth bearing in mind that if you go to a puppy training class, the other dog owners may try and reward your husky with their own treats. As an owner you have to be really strict with other people - don't let them feed your dog with their treats! Like many other new owners, we were woken in the middle of the night after our first puppy class by our husky who was not feeling well at all! She had been fed a whole range of treats by the other owners at the class, and it made her poorly all night and the next day!
The lesson is don't let other people feed your dog - this goes for old ladies in the park with pockets full of dog biscuits too! As sweet as their intentions are, it does not do your husky any favours if it means they get sick afterwards, and for young pups it may only take a couple of cheap dog biscuits to cause a stomach upset.
Taking account of the Arctic regions that huskies and sled dogs originated in, and the diets that they would have eaten, we personally feel that the health of the siberian husky and other breeds of sled dog benefits greatly from a diet high in fish, particularly oily fish.
Based on this knowledge, and having ourselves the improvements in general condition in our dogs with an increase in dietary fish and fish oil, we generally steer towards buying treats made from fish skins, or with fish as an ingredient. We do give our dogs a varied and balanced diet, but generally tend towards fish based treats whenever possible.
We often give our own dogs treas from the Grizzly Dog Treats range. Their Grizzly Salmon Fillet Treats are made of 100% pure salmon.
Dog Nip have a range of treats made of fish-skins stuffed with sweet potato. They have Salmon Skin Knotted Bones made using wild line caught Pacific salmon, and Sweet Potato Stuffed Cod Skin Strips, both free from wheat and soy.
Fruitables make a range of all-natural, fruit-based dog treats. Varieties include Pumpkin & Apple, Pumpkin & Banana, Pumpkin & Blueberry, and Pumpkin & Cranberry treats, all free of wheat, corn, soy, by-products, and artificial ingredients and preservatives.
We have also found that Zuke's Mini Naturals suit our dogs well. They are free from wheat and soy and have contain many beneficial vitamins and minerals. We like to give our own dogs the salmon variety as we feel that the fish oils are beneficial.
Making your own home made biscuits and treats is a great idea if you have the time and you enjoy baking!
There are loads of recipes out there on the web; we would recommend trying to stick to basic, natural ingredients, and avoiding wheat flour if possible.
There are also some great 'cook books' for dog owners available, which also make wonderful gifts if you're ever stuck for something to buy for friends with dogs. You can even get Dog Bone Cookie Cutter Set to your own make bone-shaped dog biscuits.