What Are The Best Treats For Small Dogs?

Written by: Deanna deBara

January 18, 2019

Have you ever heard the saying “big things can come in small packages?” Well, that saying has never been more true than when you’re talking about small dogs.

Small dogs are often the pups with the biggest personalities, the biggest hearts, and—let’s be real—the biggest sense of bravado (how many less-than-10-lb-dogs have you seen walk into a room and act like they own the place?!).

But just because your small dog can hold court with any of the big guys doesn’t mean they should have the same treats. The ideal treats for a Labrador or a Great Dane aren’t going to be the right fit for a Chihuahua or a Yorkie.

You want to make sure to get your dog the best treats for them—no matter their size. So what are the best treats for small dogs? Read on to find out.

Soft Baked Treats

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Small dogs have smaller teeth—which can make treats with a tough or hard texture challenging for them to chomp on.

Soft baked treats (like Duck Duck Feast or Chew On This Pork) are perfect for smaller-than-average pup. They have a softer texture, which makes it easy for small dogs to chew on—and because they don’t sacrifice flavor, your dog won’t feel like he’s missing out.

Jerky Treats

Small dog with jerky

Even though small dogs can have issues getting through treats with a tougher texture, sometimes they need something to munch on—and that’s where jerky treats come in.

Jerky treats (like the Roasted Duck NYC Jerky Chews) offer the best of both worlds for small dogs; they’re tough enough to provide your dog with a little extra chewing challenge, but not so tough that they run the risk of causing dental issues.

Freeze Dried Treats

Dog with small treats

Your pup packs a lot of personality into a small package. So why not give them a treat that does the same?

Freeze dried treats (like Stink, Steak, Stunk!) are an excellent choice for small dogs. Not only are they on the smaller side (which will make it easier for your small dog to chew), but they’re also packed with flavor so your pup will get a flavorful punch packed into a bite-sized treat.

Remember – The Right Size Treats For The Right Size Dog

Aside from what kinds of treats are good for small dogs, you also need to keep in mind what size of treats are good for small dogs.

Small dog = small mouth. And if you give your small dog a treat that’s too large for their small chompers, it could present a choking hazard.

Make sure any treats you give to your dog—whether it’s a jerky treat, a freeze dried treat, or a soft-baked treat—are the right size for your small pup. And if they’re too big for their little mouths, well…we suppose you could always break them up into smaller pieces.

Get The Best Treats For Small Dogs With BarkBox

Small dog with BarkBox

Your dog may be small, but they deserve a big collection of treats—so why not give it to them with BarkBox?

With BarkBox, you’ll get a carefully curated selection of toys, chews, and 2 bags of treats delivered to your door every month. And because each box is tailored to your dog’s size, you can be sure that all your treats will be size appropriate for your small pup.

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Written by: Deanna deBara

January 18, 2019

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