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Question Treats for training

We finally got our Hav!

Our sweet little girl, however, turns her nose at the beef liver treats we got for her for helping in training. They are Pro-Treats.

Do any of you have a suggestion for a good treat for use in training our new puppy? Anything that we should avoid for any reason?

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mugsy works for cheerios and he loves them. of all the treats that i have tried the cheerios are the only one he has never turned down.


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I used Kix cereal~ it's worth a try and my Havs love them!

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Treat choices are as diverse as the people and the dogs that are owned by them. Many people use hot dogs, cheese, boiled chicken, or a variety of commericial treats.

When using treats for training, it is often advised to stick to something that you can split into smaller pieces and that is not crunchy (especially for a young pup). When training, you want the focus to be on the lesson with the reward being the bonus. If a dog has to stop to crunch or eat something larger, you are losing the focus of the purpose.

Keep in mind that any soft treats will aid in contributing more plaque to the teeth (as will soft/canned foods), so don't forget to keep up on the dental care too.
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A favorite here is the Bailey's K-9 jerky. Tessa and Tucker will do anything for a small piece of it. I soften it in my mouth (it's real beef, nothing added)and give very tiny pieces.

Next favorite is chicken. I cook several chicken breasts, no seasonings, and freeze them in small baggies to pull out when needed. My only complaint about the chicken is it tends to fall apart and crumble so they spend too much time sniffing the ground for fallen pieces.

I don't buy much in the way of commercial treats although Wellness makes some nice soft treats that can be broken into very small pieces. I use that when I am out of Bailey's or chicken.
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I use small pieces of Natural Balance dog food rolls as training treats. They are shelf stable until opened and come in a variety of flavours and sizes. The mini-rolls are great for travel. I cut up pieces very small for training, use medium pieces w/yogurt or cream cheese in a Kong and use larger pieces as pill pockets for Benadryl. And then I put even larger pieces in a treat ball that Lola rolls around for an hour, trying to get it out. It is great to have such flexibility.

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I also tend to use what I have around the house. If I don't eat all my dinner it goes into a snack baggie and into the freezer. I often keep a piece in my mouth so I can have my hands free and they also can't anticipate when the cookie comes out. I also think the training session should match the reward so if it is complicated and we work without treats for awhile we bank them at the end Each dog is different- Isabelle's favorite is hot dog while Dora loves liver/beef. Dasher's favorite right now is garlic chicken (nice beath with that one!)

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