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!