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Are your Boston Terrier puppies already doing little tricks or are they just so funny that you want to give him a treat? You might not feel confident about giving them treats that are already suitable for them. So, when do you start feeding your Boston Terrier treats?
- When Do You Start Feeding Your Boston Terrier Treats?
- Tips on Giving Treats to Your Boston Terrier
- Related Questions
When Do You Start Feeding Your Boston Terrier Treats?
You may start feeding your Boston Terrier some treats at about 7 to 8 weeks old. You should start giving treats to your Boston Terrier after the weaning stage to avoid triggering any allergic reaction or interrupting the process. Treats are more flavorful than normal dog food, hence, they go crazy for it.
Though puppy treats are not that necessary, they can be used for different purposes and training for your Boston Terrier. You can give your Boston Terrier treats occasionally. Puppy treats should only be 10% of their meal.
Giving treats too much may result in a more stubborn and unhealthy dog.
Healthy Treats for Boston Terriers
Not all treats claiming to be healthy are actually good for your Boston Terrier. As much as possible, the treats that you should give your Boston Terrier are natural, raw (freeze-dried), and homemade. Processed treats contain too many calories and saturated fats which are not good for your Boston.
Remember, your Boston Terrier may have some allergy to these foods. So, it is better to consult your vet before giving your Boston Terrier any treat or any human food, even if it’s natural. Considering the allergy test or your vet’s recommendation, here are some examples of treats that you can give to your Boston Terrier:
- Apples: Apples are full of fiber for good digestion and nutrients needed by your Boston Terrier. It is also a good source of vitamin C for the immune system of your pup. A bite-size apple treat can be very satisfying to him. Do not give him a whole apple, its seed, or the core.
- Broccoli: Broccoli is rich in potassium, calcium, and other essential nutrients and your Boston Terrier can benefit from it. However, you should only feed it at least ¼ teaspoon for 10 lbs of your Boston’s weight. Too much of it can lead to flatulence or being too gassy.
- Berries: The berry family (though not all of them are true berries) is rich in vitamin C, manganese, vitamin K, and fiber. You can give your Boston Terrier a few pieces of berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, once a week. While you can give him at least half of a strawberry per week.
- Carrots: Carrots are known to be rich in vitamin A, which is really good for your Boston Terrier’s eyes. You can boil some bite-size carrots until it’s soft enough for your puppy. You may also give it raw if you want it to last a little longer. Just make sure to observe them while eating the treat.
- Raw Bone: Different from the ones on the list, raw bones are also good treats for your teething Boston Terrier. The bone should be big enough to prevent them from swallowing it. It should not be cooked in whatever way so it won’t be brittle. Bones are rich in calcium and phosphorus which are good for the developing bones of your Boston Terrier puppy.
Aside from the vitamins and minerals that bones can offer, it can also be a natural toothbrush that avoids tartar buildup in your Boston Terrier’s teeth. On the downside, raw bones can accumulate bacteria over time and may cause an upset stomach to your Boston Terrier. Make sure to change it after a day.
What Should Boston Terriers Avoid?
Though there are lots of fruits, vegetables, and other natural food that are good for Boston Terriers, there is still a lot that you should not give them. These foods may be poisonous or cause different illnesses or indigestion. Here are some foods that you should not give your Boston Terrier as a treat:
- Any food that contains xylitol
Tips on Giving Treats to Your Boston Terrier
Now that you have some idea what to give and what not to give your Boston Terrier as a treat, here are some tips to make giving treats more rewarding for your Boston Terrier.
- Give treats as a reward for good behavior or getting a trick during training. By doing this, you will create a good association between being good and receiving treats. Eventually, they will behave even without the treats.
- If you choose to buy treats from the market, make sure to read the label. A one-ingredient treat is better than a long list of ingredients.
- Determine your Boston Terrier’s calorie needs. You may ask your vet about this to ensure that your Boston will stay healthy and fit. Too many calories in his body can lead to obesity and other related problems.
- Give your Boston Terrier time to enjoy its treats especially if it needs to munch on it for several minutes. However, you should still stay close to avoid accidents.
- Allow your Boston Terrier to drink some water after eating its treats.
- Do not give treats if your dog is acting too excited and disobedient. A bad association can be formed if you do this. They might think that they need to bark, howl, or jump to receive treats. Wait for them to calm down before giving the reward.
- Do not replace their meal with treats. Treats have nutritional value, yet it’s not enough to give what your Boston Terrier’s body needs.
What’s The Best Time Of Day To Give Treats To My Boston Terrier?
You should give treats to Boston Terrier 2 to 3 hours before or after their meal. Do not give treats right before or after a meal. Allow them to use their energy from their meal first before giving them some treats. You can also mix the treat to their meal.
How Many Treats Should I Give My Boston Terrier?
Generally, you should give your Boston Terrier at least 1 to 3 pieces of treats per day. It will depend on the calorie content of the treat and its size. Some treats with high calories should only be given at least once a week.
Treats are also good for Boston Terriers from time to time. Always remember to give any kind of treats in moderation. Do not over exercise giving treats to your Boston Terrier, or they will end up overweight and unhealthy.