What should I use as dog treats?

When starting out dog training, I was very confused about what I should use for treats to train my dog.

The best training treats are small and can be chewed and swallowed quick. The size of the treat will likely be different depending on the size of your dog. A chihuahua and a German shepherd don’t need the same size treat so you might need to break up treats or cut them smaller for small dogs.

Often at home your dogs kibble will work great as training treats. Set aside a portion of their dinner every day and use that to train.

Outside of your house you will need higher value treats. The grosser something smells or is to touch often means your dog will like it better, but each dog is different so pay attention to see if your dog is excited for the treats to know if he really likes them.

Single ingredient treats are often healthier so treats that say they are dried liver or dried sweet potato are good choices.

Here are some of my top choices for dog training treats.

  • Kibble
  • Zuke’s semi-moist mini training treats
  • Fresh pet’s pet food which is in pellet form
  • Cooked chicken with no seasoning
  • Hot Dogs
  • Cheese
  • Meatballs
  • Salt-free Jerky
  • Dried sweet potato

Get your treats and get out there and train!

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