No one really knows who created this holiday, but our dogs sure know how to celebrate it! They say that the first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt. On a trip to England Spratt observed stray dogs hungrily eating biscuits left behind by crews from ships. This gave him the start of an idea, and Spratt’s first biscuits were produced in London with a secret recipe including both meat and vegetables.
Dog treats have come a long way over the years. Treats not only taste good, they can help clean dogs’ teeth and be used as a reward for good behavior. Use treats (or recipes) formulated for specifically for dogs. These should taste good to your dog and won’t upset their stomach. Also consider using fresh vegetables as treats. Look for high-fiber, low-calorie options such as carrots, green beans or broccoli. Remember to check the calorie count of the treats you are using, and factor them in on your dog’s daily dietary needs so you don’t unintentionally cause your dog to add a few pounds.
So, grab the leash and go out to celebrate! Stop in to our retail store today to pick up some special dog treats and show your pet that every dog does have his day. Or bring in or purchase some treats to share with our rescue dogs!