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Favourite puppy treats?

What are your havs favourite training treats? I've tried a few and can't find one she loves. Snowflake is almost 5 months old and we've had her for three weeks.
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I have been giving lean treats from time to time that I get at my veterinarian's office and also have found on Amazon. My vet says they have 7 calories per treat and I just break off the treat into very small bits. I've also used Javi's kibble as a treat...I just use some of the amount he is suppose to get each day and set it aside for training. Although, all we have worked on is sit, potty training and letting me touch him all over in the 2 weeks I've had him. I need to up my training!

I've used freeze dried liver in the past with my Papillon and have some ordered.

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Here are a list of treats that Max and Molly like best. Most of these items are not available in mainstream pet stores. I order online or visit a specialty pet store in my area. I am picky about ingredients and believe these to be high quality treats. Overall, I don't give treats unless they are "worked" for and earned through obedience. Most of these treats are broken into tiny pieces and given when earned.

DAILY TREATS - (used for daily obedience training, grooming session rewards, filling Kongs and activity puzzles, etc.)
1. Pure Bites Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats
2. Orijen Freeze Dried Dog Treats (available in several flavors)
3. Cheese Please by Complete Natural Nutrition
4. Good Dog Treats (my dogs love the Blueberry flavor)

HIGH VALUE TREATS - (used only for training classes, etc.)
1. Cheese
2. Chicken Breast
3. Turkey Hot Dog

CHEWY THINGS - (used to satisfy their chewing -- only Made in the USA)
1. Smokehouse Chicken Barz
2. Kangaroo Ribs
3. Smokehouse Steer Pizzle Stix
4. Tucker's Raw Frozen American Bison Bones
5. Merrick Real Cuts Jerky Strips

Hope some of these ideas might work for you.

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I sometimes give Emmie air-dried commercial raw dog food (e.g. ZiwiPeak) as training treats but higher value treats are string cheese, cooked chicken, and occasionally (healthy) hot dogs or baby food. I make sure to read ingredients and do not give her treats that are full of chemicals, which most of the ones sold at vets office contain. And most importantly, NO treats made in China.

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Archer really likes the Orijen freeze-dried meat treats. They can be a bit crumbly but are also good for training classes, grooming, or walks, where you might need higher value treats. The duck flavour seems to be a real favourite.

He also likes any kind of freeze-dried lamb lung or freeze-dried chicken meat.

I also use Stella & Chewy's patties as treats since they are more nutritious than regular treats, similar to the Ziwipeak.

I will use cheese and fresh meat pieces when available, and again, for special "occasions". The other really great treat, that doesn't have preservatives, is the "Feel Good" frozen liver brownies.

Hope that helps a bit. I think it's important to rotate because they do get tired of the same thing, and the novelty of new items can be great motivation when training them.

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I also use the pure bites freeze dried, stella and chewy's carnivore crunch. The Trader Joes freeze dried is not bad but the pieces are harder to break up than the Pure Bites. The ultimate is cooked chicken. I could probably teach my hav to ballroom dance and do the laundry for that one.
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"Pure Bites" Freeze Chicken is her favorite
Here is a link to their web site ...she like the cheese also
I do give her Charlie Bears once in a while too.

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Favorites are Pure Bites freeze dried liver (don't overdo it), dried lamb lung, Cloud Star Tricky Trainers (they come in soft or crunchy, in different flavors. He seems to particularly like the soft cheddar flavored ones), and Charley Bears. I like the Charley Bears and Tricky Trainers because they are really small and only a few calories. I need to have treats that I can carry around with me, so I don't use cooked chicken meat or anything like that. But ... I certainly give him little pieces of meat sometimes, in his bowl and not from my plate (!), not as training treats but just for being a Good Boy.

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If you do a lot of training, BY FAR the least expensive, (and also usually highest value) training treats are plain human meat, roasted or broiled. For Kodi I rotate through chicken, turkey and pork roast (we skip beef because he is beef intolerant). I used to also use cheese, but although he didn't show up on the Nutriscan testing as intolerant to dairy, he was higher than on anything else other than beef (and white fish for some reason, even though I've never purosely fed him that!) I buy what's on sale and cook it up, cube it and freeze it in baggies small enough that I can go through the bag in 3 days or less.

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