Dogs live to eat, so it only makes sense to treat them to the very best! Does your dog have a picky palette? Turning their nose away from all of the treats you try to give them? We feel your pain, and we know how hard it can be to satisfy dogs that have such finicky tastes. Even human food doesn’t always meet the expectations of our Chihuahua, Kai. She knows what she likes, and she doesn’t lower her standards for anything! Fortunately, there are plenty of treats on the market made just for dogs like yours; with premium ingredients and strong tastes that get even the pickiest pups excited.
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If you have a picky pup on your hand, the last thing you should do is constantly feed them table scraps. This will only allow their tastes to become even more strict. Let’s face it, dog food tastes, and smells, much different than human food, and there’s a reason for that! Your dog has very different dietary needs. The last thing you want to do is train them to crave human foods that are not only bad for their digestion, but bad for their typical eating habits.
If you think you have a picky pup now, you haven’t seen anything yet! If a dog is only given table scraps as treats, they’ll learn to refuse “subpar” dog treats. It’s important to keep your dog eating only dog food. Human foods can lead to weight gain, digestive issues, and sluggish behavior. Even if it seems impossible, there are dog treats out there that will satisfy your pooch! You just have to find the right textures, flavors, and scents. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and your dog will thank you for the effort!
Not only are premium treats tastier, but they’re also healthier! Many of our top picks are vegan, organ, all-natural, and filled with vitamins! Check out some of our top picks below.
rocco & roxie jerky sticks
Rocco & Roxie is a great brand to turn to for dog treats. They’re quality, tasty, and healthy! If you have a picky pup, or simply want a healthier treat to spoil Fido with, they’re a great option. Their Jerky Sticks are probably their most popular product; made in the USA in small batches, your dog will think they’re getting table scraps!
The Rocco & Roxie Jerky Sticks are a favorite treat for many pups. These treats are healthy and natural, and of course, delicious. The sticks are free from artificial flavoring, corn, soy, and gluten, making them great for dogs with allergies. Your dog will go absolutely nuts for these treats. Each treat is roasted for 10 hours to create an all-natural, rich flavor. Because they’re baked in small batches, the flavors are always strong, and the sticks are always safe for your pooch. Additionally, all of Rocco & Roxie’s treats are made right here in the USA!
Each treat is 7 inches long, and they can easily be broken into smaller pieces for tiny pups. Fortunately, they don’t have a greasy, smelly residue, so you won’t get left with stinky hands after breaking them up for your pooch. You can purchase these delicious treats in either beef, chicken, or turkey. All flavors are full of protein, and savory ingredients that your pooch will love (no matter how picky they are).
We highly recommend this wholesome treats to picky pups. They come in 16 ounce resealable packages that are easy for you to handle, and your dog will love the savory taste and chewy texture. Additionally, they contain limited, natural ingredients! Check out the various flavors on Amazon, your pooch will thank you.
max & rufy's 24 carob gold
Priding themselves on providing healthy and nutritious dog treats from a cruelty free, ethical dog treat company, Max and Ruffy’s LLC is a health conscious company aiming to make the dog and human world a better place. Now that is something Kai can certainly get behind!
Their 25 Carob Gold flavor is one of our favorites. They smell great, and come in a perfect biscuit size. They’re large enough for bigger dogs, and you can always break them in half for tinier dogs. They’re low-fat, wheat-free, and contain antioxidants! They also contain carob, the peruvian vegetable maca, and extra-virgin coconut oil for a healthy skin and shiny coat.Eating these yummy treats will not only excite your pooch, but give them a beautiful coat, and a happy stomach!
Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Strawberry, Organic Carob Bean, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Maca.
Additionally, these delicious treats have all of the following traits!
- Vegan Dog Treats – Max & Ruffy’s make all of their treats animal product free, which also makes them vegetarian dog treats as well!
- Certified 100% organic dog treats- Max & Ruffy’s are USDA organic certified through the Maryland Department of Agriculture (where they are based out of).
- Dog treats that are Made in the USA using only non-outsourced ingredients.
- These all natural dog treats use ingredients sourced from socially responsible companies that utilize environmentally friendly manufacturing and farming practices.
- Whole food ingredients – no artificial coloring, flavor enhancers, additives, nor harmful preservatives.
- Wheat free dog treat options and grain free dog treat options for those canines with certain allergies.
- Dog treats made with human-grade ingredients.
- Non-GMO dog treats – Max & Ruffy’s does not use controversial genetically modified organisms (GMO) as ingredients for their dog treats
- Eco-friendly dog treats – The treats themselves are 100% bio-degradable, and come in recyclable packaging.
- Nutritious dog treats – Far from a “just because” quality treat, these are intentionally unique creations, utilizing ingredients intended to benefit your pup’s health and well-being.
- Won’t leave oil residue in your pocket should you pocket a handful for a walk.
Check out more flavors in our in depth review here.
Our dogs love True Chews; they smell great, have a crunchy texture, and a delicious taste! In fact, we use them in some of our Woof Packs, at our sister site, shopwoofpack.com. The True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts are made in the USA, from farm-raised beef. It’s the closest thing to a sirloin steak that you’ll find in a bag for your pooch. Additionally, these treats don’t contain any artificial preservatives or flavors. All of the flavor comes from the real beef.
But these treats aren’t just tasty, they’re healthy, too! They’re 100% natural, and are free from corn, wheat, and soy. Making these treats perfect for dogs with allergies or those with sensitive stomachs. No need to worry about upsetting their digestion or making them feel sluggish from sugars or preservatives.
True Chews have about 20% protein, and 15% fat. They’re a great source of natural protein (sirloin steak, in fact)! Additionally, the True Chews are a limited ingredient treat. Rather than having a list of ingredients and chemicals a mile long, they use simple, wholesome ingredients to create a delicious snack for Fido.
Ingredients: Beef, chicken, vegetable glycerin, ground rice, dried cane syrup, vinegar, salt, natural flavors, natural smoke flavor, caramel color.
V-Dog’s Organic Wiggle Biscuit’s are another great premium treat for your pups. V-Dog is a smaller brand that you may not have heard of. They’re based out of California, and strive to create wholesome treats that your pooch will enjoy.
If your pooch is on a plant-based diet these treats are a no brainer. They’re completely vegan, yet full of proteins and nutrients that your pooch needs. Plant based diets reduce greenhouse gases, use less energy, and save water! Even if you’re pooch eats real meat, these treats are a small step towards a healthy diet and a healthy planet.
Even though these treats are 100% vegan, they still contain 23% protein! That’s more than most meaty treats. Additionally, they’re always free from corn, wheat, gluten, by-products, soy, and fillers. Making them great for dogs on special diets and dogs with sensitive stomachs.
So how do these yummy treats contain so much protein? They contain wholesome ingredients suc as peanut butter, banana, coconot oil, cinnamon, and flax seed!. The peanut butter is packed with protein, and also contains fiber and biotin.
Additionally, your pooch will be consuming electrolytes and potassium from the banana. The coconot oil is great for your dog’s skin, the cinnamon gives your pooch fresh breathe, and the flax seed contains omega fatty acids. The fatty acids are great for your dog’s skin, coat, and heart!
We highly recommend these treats to dogs to dogs on any diet! What they lack in meat, they make up for in wholesome ingredients and vitamins.
Vera Chicken Filets
Vera is another small company that your pooch may grow to love! These gourmet treats are made in Ireland with real meat and wholesome ingredients that you can trust for your pooch. No natural artificial colors or flavors ever. These yummy treats are available in beef, chicken & salmon, chicken, duck, and pork & chicken. All flavors are made with 100% real meat.
No matter what flavors your pooch prefers, Vera has the right filets for them! Each pack of filet comes in a cute box that speaks volumes as to how this company treats their product. Each treat is made with only the best ingredients to give your dog a premium product. Your pooch will also love the smell. As soon as you open the bag you’ll be greeted with a delicious aroma.
While they may not look appetizing to you, your dog will flip for them! They have a great crunchy texture, and you can always break them into smaller bits for tiny dogs.
In addition to being high in protein and free from artificial ingredients, these treats are :
- Made with real premium meat
- free from artificial colors & flavors
- Antibiotic Free
- Hormone Free
- Corn, Wheat, and Soy Free
We highly recommend these treats to picky dogs that love real meat flavor! The taste and texture are a favorite with most dogs. Check out the various flavors on Amazon! You can either purchase a 12 ounce or a 22 ounce package, and both are well-worth the price.
Wellness Marrow Roasts
Wellness is a more well-known brand in the dog community. They have a variety of raw diet food, treats, and grain-free options for dogs on special diets. Their Wellness Core line is one of our favorites, especially these marrow roasts! These delicious treats are completely grain-free, making them easy to digest and healthy for your pooch! Additionally, they pack a ton of flavor and wholesome ingredients into a fun bite-sized treat. Our dogs flip for the crunchy and chewy texture, and of course, the taste as well. Due to their size, their perfect as one-time treats and training treats for both small and larger dogs.
You’ll love how easy these treats are to feed to your pooch. They come in a resealable package, and the treats aren’t greasy like many meaty treats.
In addition to being grain free these treats are:
- Full of Protein
- Free from artificial colors and flavors
- Made in the USA
- Free of Corn & Soy
- Free of Meat By-Products
These bone marrow treats are available in either beef or turkey. Both flavors have real meaty marrow inside that your dog will go nuts for! In addition to real meat, they contain wholesome vegetables such as peas sweet potatoes, and green tea extract! All of these delicious ingredients contain vitamins and antioxidants that support a healthy diet for your dog. Below you’ll see a full list of ingredients.
Ground Peas, Vegetable Glycerin, Chickpea Flour, Tapioca Starch, Ground Flaxseed, Cooked Bone Marrow, Sweet Potatoes, Caramel Color, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Vinegar, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.
We highly recommend these treats to dogs that are very picky, and love real meaty flavors! Check out the various flavors on Amazon.