Have Your Say – March


We love to find out how you feel about some of the issues surrounding pet ownership. So, every month we pose a new question – sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted. 

This month, our article’s about puppy socialisation, so we want to find out your views on pet socialising and we’re asking:

Let us know what you think, and as usual, next month we’ll publish the results!


 Last month you told us…

…how often your pet should be given treats. We asked:

 How often should you feed your pet treats in addition to regular meals?

 We’ve never had such an overwhelming majority! In fact, 90% of you agreed that treats should be given: “Sometimes. They’re ideal for training and rewarding your pet for really good behaviour, but should be given in strict moderation and taken into account with the rest of their diet.”

 Of the remaining votes, 7% took a strict ‘no-treats’ approach, voting for: “Never. Pets should always be fed specialist pet food catered to their nutritional requirements at set mealtimes,” while just 3% of you thought that treats should be given in a more relaxed manner, voting for: “Often. Pets are like humans; they get bored eating the same food every day and need some variety.”

 Good nutrition is of paramount importance to a pet, and while most people believe that giving the occasional treat is perfect as a reward and to help with training, choose your treats well. If you don’t make your own treats, check the ingredients to make sure they’re made of natural products. And of course, never give pets chocolate.

 Also choose the right treat for the right purpose. So, for example in dog training, a soft, quickly eaten treat is better than something that takes a while to crunch up – so you can reward your dog and move onto the next exercise.

 And of course, don’t overdo the treats – not only will you end up putting your pet off its meals and reducing the impact of a hard-earned treat, you’re also likely to end up a pet that has weight problem.

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