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soft treats and poop

Starting the day with an indelicate issue....

We're starting a puppy training class this weekend, and are instructed to bring soft treats. The couple of soft treats I've tried with Sheldon seem to result in loose stools - much messier to clean up.

Are there any soft treats that have the opposite effect? Maybe cheese? (It has the opposite effect in me....)
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I haven't noticed that problem, but one of our favorite soft treats for class is red bell pepper. Maybe that would work better for him than packaged processed treats? I cut them (and all treats) into really small pieces.


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Red bell pepper??!! Wow, that is something I would not have thought of as a treat - let along, soft, stinky treat. Hmmm.... Maybe I'll experiment before class. Sheldon does not seem as food motivated as previous dogs I've had.
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By soft treats, they mean not milk bones or crumbly stuff. Also, you should be cutting them up into itty-bitty almost too small to pick up pieces.

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cheese
leftover chicken
Bil-Jacs Little Jacs (Jack likes them. I still cut them in half.)
Trader Joe's dried chicken breast strips for dogs (hopefully, they are okay. the ingredients are just chicken. My dogs act as if they are crack. I just rip tiny bits off.)


I would avoid the Wellness treats. For some reason, they affected the tummies of my pups something fierce. Bum baths were needed.

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My trainer suggested the pepper; it's her dog's most high-value treat! I like that it's practically zero calories and fat-free since she gets so many other treats during class.


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Here is my treat breakdown for training. Timmy doesn't have any issues with food. I would suggest starting out with just one item first and seeing how that goes before adding another. Depending when Tim's class is I usually don't feed him breakfast and use the treats as one of his meals. Have fun at class!

Natural Balance Rolls (cut it up and it freezes great)
http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/pro...Roll+Formulas+

Poached Chicken Breast
I'll make a quantity of it, cut it up and freeze it.

Reduced fat cheese sticks (but it does make him a flatulent )

Freeze Dried Liver Treats
http://www.purebites.com/ProductsDog...ucts_beef.html

Trader Joe's Turkey Hot Dogs

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LOL, Jen. The Natural Balance rolls - our local pet store calls them doggie crack! Kallie LOVES them. I do the same thing, cut them into teeny little bits & freeze them. They do need to be refrigerated (if not frozen) to keep from going bad.

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Frozen meatballs are a great favorite here... I use the turkey ones, but if your dog can handle beef, you can use the beef ones. The other thing I do is buy the end pieces of cheese and meat from the deli... any that don't have cracked pepper or something on the outside. They are REALLY cheap (like a dollar something per pound) and easy to cut up into bite-sized chunks. Also, when pork loin roast goes on sale, I buy a couple of those, roast them, cut them up and put them in the freezer.

I rarely use commercial treats. They are expensive, and most have a lot of junk in them. I agree that Kodi LOVES the NB rolls, but they are pretty high in junk ingredients too, so I tend to only use them in a pinch.


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ha ha, YES on the red bell pepper!! I use it too when training something new! It is VERY high value for her...

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Zoeys tummie doesn't like beef or liver treats. I find chicken breast to be her favorite. I packed it in a lunch cooler. Its harder to just keep in your pocket and treat fast. One time I dehydrated some in the oven and that worked good.I'll have to try peppers.

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