06-25-2015, 11:34 AM
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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.)
frozen cubes of chicken broth
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.