February 23, 2015 is National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!
Did you know?
The history of canine treats shows that earlier versions were quite a bit different than today’s variety. Dog treats used to include stale, moldy bread, rotting leftovers and rock-hard biscuits made out of grain. But American James Spratt changed that on a trip to England in the mid-1800s when he saw hungry, stray dogs scavenging for leftover food. It wasn’t long before he developed a cake-like biscuit comprised of meat, grains and vegetables called “Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes”. Then in 1908, the F. H. Bennett Biscuit Co. of New York developed hard-baked, bone-shaped biscuits comprised of various minerals, cow’s milk and meat products, the Milk-Bone.
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.
Did you know?
The term “dog’s bread” has been around since Roman times, but it usually referred to a bad bran bread, and the term became synonymous with treating people poorly.
These “Dog Cakes” were initially sold to English country gentlemen for their sporting dogs. Spratt’s Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes came to America in 1881, and were quite a luxury item at the time, being marketed at dog shows, and on the cover of the first journal of the American Kennel Club in 1889. Spratt’s Patent, Ltd. supplied army dogs with hundreds of millions of the biscuits during WWI.