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Alternatives to commercial dog treats

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I'm trying to figure out an easy (and healthy) alternative to commercial dog treats.
Most shops are switching to cheaper quality (for the same retail price) dog food/treats made in some countries and I have already heard of several people who are complaining about their pets getting sick after eating them.

Teddy hates his veggies but likes human biscuits. He gets a few biscuits on special occasions (he wont eat dog biscuits so he gets plain digestive biscuits. He can never hear us calling him from the other side of the house but he mysteriously, hears the biscuit wrapper even when we try open it as quietly as possible!).

For training treats, I've tried small pieces of hot dogs which are easier to use than shredded chicken but he doesn't try work for them like he does when he thinks he is getting biscuits.

He seems to like white buttered toast. Would it be a good option to let him have tiny pieces of buttered toast after the dairy shortage ends?
I read an article recently that mentioned that dogs are unable to digest fats from sources such as butter. Not sure if that's true?

What do you use for you dog training treats?
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I a trying real hard to keep Bella away from human food, so I do not give her anything human, I have been buying grain free small training treats and I break them in two so they are small. She loves them, she does get cherrios once in a while. I have bacon flavor a d chicken, and liver ones. I did have a strange ge experience ce with her just last night, I had been eking salmon, and she kept coming over to my chair and trying g to climb up. She Wants ts to lick my fingers, I ne er thought of grease or anything on my hand's, now when I eat I've een putting her in expen. This does make wonder why trainers give them human food? My last dog was a horrible beggar, and we do not want this puppy to be that way we are trying hard not to give her bad habits like we did with him. Any suggestions and pointers appreciated.

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I a trying real hard to keep Bella away from human food, so I do not give her anything human, I have been buying grain free small training treats and I break them in two so they are small. She loves them, she does get cherrios once in a while. I have bacon flavor a d chicken, and liver ones. I did have a strange ge experience ce with her just last night, I had been eking salmon, and she kept coming over to my chair and trying g to climb up. She Wants ts to lick my fingers, I ne er thought of grease or anything on my hand's, now when I eat I've een putting her in expen. This does make wonder why trainers give them human food? My last dog was a horrible beggar, and we do not want this puppy to be that way we are trying hard not to give her bad habits like we did with him. Any suggestions and pointers appreciated.

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Not sure why you would want to avoid giving your dog human food. This is the best quality food, and is the best quality dog food!

Begging comes not from the ingredients, but from when/where it is offered. My dogs are never, EVER fed from the table. So they (mostly) don't beg. Kodi does once in a while, because it was so hard to train my HUSBAND not too feed him from the table!

But they ALL get good quality lean human food on a regular basis. They get steam vegetables (part of whatever we have had for supper) almost every night. Theysharev a scrambled egg several times a week. Most of their training treats are lean, human, roasted meats. My preference is pork roast, because it doesn't flake like chicken, and is easy to cube. It is also a very lean meat. But I do also use roast chicken and roast (white meat, no skin) turkey. Roast beef (or steak) would be fine for most dogs, but Kodi is allergic to beef so we don't use it.

I also make my own training treats using ground bison or turkey, tapioca flour (which makes the treats moist and pliable, unlike wheat or rice flour) an egg, and enough water to make it into a thick dough. (like cookie dough) I roll it out on a baking sheet and bake until cooked through (15-20 minutes) Let it cool, cut it into small squares, bag in small plastic bags and freeze what I won't use in a few days. (must be kept refrigerated) You can make the same cookies with peanut butter, and those don't need refrigeration if used fairly soon.

when you look at the price of commercial dog treats, per pound, you can feed them caviar and filet mignon as training treats and still come out ahead! Kodi also LOVES fruit, so will happily work for blueberries or apple slices (fresh or dehydrated) But the girls think that's GROSS, and it is very dependent on the individual dog whether they are a "fruit dog" or not!
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I a trying real hard to keep Bella away from human food, so I do not give her anything human, I have been buying grain free small training treats and I break them in two so they are small. She loves them, she does get cherrios once in a while. I have bacon flavor a d chicken, and liver ones. I did have a strange ge experience ce with her just last night, I had been eking salmon, and she kept coming over to my chair and trying g to climb up. She Wants ts to lick my fingers, I ne er thought of grease or anything on my hand's, now when I eat I've een putting her in expen. This does make wonder why trainers give them human food? My last dog was a horrible beggar, and we do not want this puppy to be that way we are trying hard not to give her bad habits like we did with him. Any suggestions and pointers appreciated.

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Same as Karen - Loki gets human food but only in his bowl or a kong. We have never just handed him food off of our plates so he really doesn't understand that it is the same thing we are eating. I have to say that this is the one area we have been particularly successful. He can sit on the sofa with us while we eat and he doesn't try to get to the food.
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human biscuits are not a good choice. Dogs don't need a lot of carbs and sugars. Freeze dried liver.

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Sprocket has gotten pretty picky with treats he no longer likes most of the store bought training treats
I give him real chicken and beef for training mostly I also make a cookie for him which is his high value treat he absolutely loves it
It has tuna cheese coconut oil an egg and flour in it I saw it on one of these dog forums both my dogs go crazy for it and it's really easy to make (and cheap!)



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I agree human food is the best if it's the right stuff I home cook for Sophie right now she gets organic turkey and rice plus a lot of herbs and supplements. As her tummy is getting stronger we are adding in mixed raw greens (basil, fennel, dill) to the mix. I have eaten her food for a meal myself it's the same stuff you would make for a human and highest quality. Since she can't tolerate other food I take that and put it in the over to make it firmer and use that for her training treats.

As others mentioned definitely not biscuits and toast and butter. I used to use egg whites and her protein, some veggies, maybe canned pumpkin, blueberries, etc mixed and cooked for treats. I don't know how much training you do but if it's a good amount be careful to not be loading the protein or any other ingredient. Back when I was using pure meat for training I would be sure to reduce the amount of meat in her meals that day (which is one of the advantages of cooking for them).
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I try to give really good treats since they eat so much of it from training sometimes, and I don't want them to eat a lot of junk. I tried a lot of things, and prefer meat based ones as they are protein instead of carb.

I used to give them Ziwi Peaks air-fried dog food, and also K9 Natural green tripe dog food. Those are technically meant to be dog food and are quite pricey. But I used them as treats and cut them down in size so it is really not that bad cost wise. The tripe smells so strong (and bad) but the dogs love it but it is the crumbliest. I like these 2 when I am hand feeding treats for regular training.

For agility I need tossable treate. I use freeze dried liver, and cheese sticks. Anything that I can cut into small pieces for small dogs. I use mostly cheese now because it is the "whitest" treat I can get and provides the best contrasts against the dark floor/outdoor when I toss the treats. Freeze dried liver is harder to toss as it is just too light by weight but still doable, but it is harder for my dogs to see.

I am also started using Charlie Bear cookies. While It is not my favorite nutrition wise, it is pale in color and easy to see when tossing outdoor for practicing weaving a few times daily.

Try the tripe for those picky dogs
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How does Teddy feel about fruit? You do need to cut it up right before training, but Perry likes apples (though it's not his best high value treat) and I've used dried fruit in the past (for a bigger dog) - though have to make sure there's not added sugar (which a lot of dried fruit has) - and can't use it too much because it does get high cal. We also do small pieces of pineapple (frozen) occasionally (again, in small quantities).

I also went online and found a few dog biscuit recipes - one made with oat flour that Perry really liked and I tried and thought they were pretty good. Haven't tried the peanut butter ones yet but they were easy to make.
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I guess I really meant we are not giving her any of out food from the table, I did make a treat for her made out of carrots, mashed bananna, peanut butter, homey, oat flour, wheat flour, 3 strip of chopped cooked bacon,
She really likesmthem, but nothing from the table. I feed her 1/4 cup kibble and 1 tablespoon wefood, no grain, and made with human food, so I guess I am doing some human food, but now you know what i mean, she gets fed twice a day with training treats during the day.the food is called 4 health anmade btractor supply, she camvfrom the breeder with it, so i stuck with it, so far so good
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