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Old 06-16-2015, 08:52 AM
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Good treats to use?

Hi, Sorry if this is in the wrong category, but I really have no idea which other category to put it in.
I currently use store-bought dog treats but they are like tastier dry dog food and my dog drops bits all the time and occassionally coughs them out, and during an agility run I can't wait for my dog to finish coughing! And the smaller, better pieces are really expensive where I live. So what do you guys use? Would people food be alright? If so, which food(Preferably one that isn't to messy)
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When you say they are like tastier dog food, do you mean that they are crunchy? I tend to like softer, small treats that my dog can just swallow. Food rolls are a good option, you can cut them to whatever size works best for your dog. I use Red Barn but many people use Natural Balance, including the agility class at my local SPCA.

There are also plenty of homemade treats that you can make with really basic ingredients, if store-bought is too pricey.

This is one that I have used: Our Love Smells Like A Hot Tuna Melt | notes from a dog walker

Another one for less crumbly treats: The Secret to Quick Non-Crumbly Homemade Dog Treats - eileenanddogseileenanddogs

There are others in the recipe section of this forum.
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I use frozen bil-jac and fresh pet vital for agility training. They are both dog food and not "treats". Every so often we will use small bites of string cheese. Soft foods that you can break in smaller pieces if necessary seems to work the best.
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Tuna Fudge might work Tuna Fudge Training Dog Treats Recipe - Food.com I've heard of people switching out the whole wheat flour for a different type but I'm not sure how that affects the consistency of the treat.
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I also like softer treats. Lena's favorite are cheese flavored yumzies by Nootie. (not the most nutritous, but hey, we get a TON of enthusiasm!)

If you're looking for something simple, just boil up some chicken, and then tear or chop it into useable size pieces.

I tend to go for super small sized treats, and I can get away with it because Lena is super food motivated. A standard sized "yumzie" treat will get cut into 12-16 pieces that I'll actually use.
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Small bites of real meat always works. These may also work for you. There are quite a few different meats to keep your dog interested.
PureBites® Freeze Dried Turkey Breast Treats | For Dogs | Purebites.com
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Hotdogs.
I don't like hot dogs because the regular type are high in salt and also have nitrated which I don't think are healthy.
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We use liver sausage specially made for dogs, cheese-cubes and dried sardines.
sometimes he get Lyoner or very mini-small pieces of ham (for taking meds).
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I love freeze dried treats. Dogs love them and they're very healthy. It's the only treat my dog with IBD can have since there's no additives.
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As far as homemade treats go, my puppy goes crazy for bits of boiled chicken. That's at the top of the list. It's the cheapest and he loves it the most, but convenience is the only limitation.

I've thought about going with the recipes on this site, but with the mixing and baking they're really not easier and he doesn't like them more.


I don't give him table scraps, but I certainly give him cooking scraps or just put a little aside of whatever produce or meat I'm eating.

Treats I've used:

raw corn - I mean just a couple kernels cut right off the cob, no salt or butter or seasoning or anything
raspberries (my 8 year old niece bought him organic raspberries as a present, and he loves them.)
strawberries
steamed carrots
ice cubes
frozen cubes of chicken broth
pear
fresh parsley (a very tiny bit)
salmon (right before I grill some for myself, I rip a tiny piece off, microwave it for thirty seconds to cook it, and break it up for him. It's rubbery and weird for me, but he likes it)


Be aware that I use little tiny bits of each of these foods - just enough for him to taste. A large strawberry would be chopped up into about eight treats. He gets excited because it's something new.


A lot of dog nutritionists recommend about 10% of your puppies diet should be fresh raw produce, so I feel fine with this. Just make sure you check to make sure the food isn't toxic before you give it to her/him.

Of course, I still rely more on store bought treats for training. Most often Orijen or Northwest Naturals freeze dried meats.
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