Tim and Mae are anti fruit eaters. It's so funny how all our pups like different things. My pups are pretty finicky about their treats, boiled chicken and string cheese top the charts for training here although dad sneaks in bacon and pizza sometimes which I'm sure would be their choice if given that option.
The funniest thing that Mae LOVES is edamame, she can't get enough. My training center is stringent about no "crumby" treats which makes sense.
Kodi LOVES fruit and veggies…blueberries topping the charts. But most fruit does NOT make good "pocket treats"… way too messy. I do use a handful of blueberries to do a set of quick fronts and finishes in the kitchen from time to time. Pixel, at least so far, doesn't seem to be much of a fruit/veggie lover.
I use a HUGE variety of different training treats, rotating through, so they don't get tired of any one thing. There are a couple that I reserve JUST for trials, because they aren't particularly good for them, and because they are particularly high value. So I want to preserve that value for when we need it. Turkey meatballs and liverwurst are two of these "special" treats. Both are too salty to use regularly or in large amounts.
My current go-to rotation for serious training (subject to change at a moment's notice!
) are pork loin roast, Pet Fresh Vital Grain Free Turkey Formula (which cubes nicely and holds its form) and roast chicken, and a lamb roll that I can get at the agility trials around here with all natural ingredients, no preservatives and grass fed lamb.
Oh, and cheese for certain exercises with Pixel where she needs to be able to find the treat on the training room floor quickly. Kodi is off dairy because of his allergies, so I throw pork roast for him if we need something light colored.