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I'm sure others have had this problem. Needing lots of high value treats but worrying that your dog is going to gain weight if you keep feeding them so many.

I think I may have found a solution I think I may have found a solution! Zodt can only have so many treats per day or he gets fat, the low cal treats are not high enough value, and the higher cal treats are too many calories. If he gets too much chicken, or cheese he gets an upset stomach, and his kibble is not high enough value. I've been stuck either not having enough treats, giving him too many and blowing his diet, or giving him a lot of treats and cutting way back on the kibble. The joys of owning a fearful, reactive, toy breed dog!
Yesterday I found some freeze dried raw food on sale at the local pet store, and it's chicken free! Zody LOVES it, it's actual food so it's nutritious, and it's very easy to break into little pieces. Today a storm is blowing through and he's terrified of thunder, I'm finally able to give him jackpots when the thunder sounds which is something I've not been able to do in the past because I'd used up 1/2 the treats on the first clap of thunder.
If anyone else is having a similar problem of needing lots of high value treats but being very limited in what they can use due to food sensitivities or having to watch cal count try the freeze dried food.

This is the brand I'm currently using https://www.chewy.com/stella-chewys-stellas-super-beef-meal/dp/109900 I found it on sale at the local pet store, 3.5 oz bag for $7.99 and figured it would be worth trying. Zody LOVES it so it's now our extra high value treat:cool:
 

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Good choice. My canines like Zukes training treats, just 3 calories each. They are small but, since mine have never know any other "special" treat, those are high value to them.
 

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Good choice. My canines like Zukes training treats, just 3 calories each. They are small but, since mine have never know any other "special" treat, those are high value to them.
Zody's problem is that he's fear reactive, so just about every walk I load down with treats. Depending on where we are going and how busy the apartment complex is I either go with a mix of treats ranging from Pet Botanicals 1 cal treats which are pretty low value, Zukes which are a bit higher value to him, to freeze dried meat treats that are around 5 cal, and the jerky treats (forget the brand) that's around 10 cal. Problem is I don't like to give him much more then 16 cal worth of treats per day. When we have storms blow in like today I get stuck because none of the treats I normally do tend to last long enough or be really, really high value, gotta love toy sized dogs and their little calorie needs :rolleyes:

I think the Stella & Chewy are a hit, he was actually coming out of hiding on his own to get some treats before going back under the couch while it was still raining! Usually he stays hiding till the rain has stopped for a good 30 min to an hour, so his coming out early is a good sign:D
 

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I can see that with a smaller dog. Mine are all 125 lbs and up so, even 100 calories worth of treats now and then wouldn't be off the charts. I normally give each 10 treats per day during training sessions, two different commands, repeated five times each at random throughout the day.
 

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Does he like carrots? Or broccoli stalks? My dog enjoys both, medium value I’d say, especially if they are alternated with the meat treats.


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Does he like carrots? Or broccoli stalks? My dog enjoys both, medium value I’d say, especially if they are alternated with the meat treats.


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He'll eat those but they are not nearly high value enough to work on his reactivity, much less his phobia. I mix up his med value 1 1/2 cal treats, and some higher value 3 to 10 cal treats when I go out on walks, and those treats get broken up into small, smaller then the size of a pea, pieces, when we go on walks and I'm working on his reactivity. Even those are not high enough to help with his thunder phobia:(
 

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As crazy as it sounds, could you get him to wear electronic ear muffs and leave them on? I use them on noise shy horses. They allow sounds to be heard but, mute the sharpness, like the crack of a gun shot, car backfiring or, thunder and, the volume is easily adjusted.

With horses I start at low volume, then work up to normal volume, but lacking the sharpness of the sounds, then the muffs come off and, the horse is fine after a couple of flinches at the sharpness of those now much less scary sounds.

It might help a dog too, if the dog will accept ear muffs at times.
 
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