Bringing home your new furry family member is very exciting! It's important to jump right into training your new puppy or dog right away. Everyone claims to know the best dog training treats... well I'm going to share my list.
Most dogs are food/treat motivated, but others aren't. The trick is finding a treat that they will respond positively to, so that you are able to guide them and train them properly.
Many people use human food incentives to train their dogs, but if you are want to stick to regular "dog treats", we've put together a list of some of the best treats for training purposes. The criteria used in determining the treats that made the list included ingredients, taste, and size.
I started training Harley and Penny right when they got home, no time to waste... and boy am I glad I did! Besides hot dogs, meatballs, and turkey lunchmeat, they both enjoyed the treats below.
BEST DOG TRAINING TREATS
These freeze-dried treats are excellent for training because they are small, easy to break, and are packed full of flavor. It's best to keep them in their original packaging - if you put them in a treat pouch, they may crumble into tiny pieces inside (especially the chicken). The cheese flavor is actually freeze dried cheese.
Believe me, I am not an regular dog treat taster, but I tasted the cheese flavor, and it was good. Out of all of them, the cheese worked the best for Harley. The only downside is that it gave him really horrible gas...
I honestly can't say that I know any dog who doesn't love Zuke's. These tiny morsels are absolutely perfect for training and for puppies you can easily break them in half, for even smaller bites. You also don't need to feel guilty because they are low in calories, healthy and soft (most dogs just swallow them whole, lol.)
These treats are made in the USA and contain no wheat, corn, or soy.
Even when I do my daily training with Harley and Penny I still break them in half to make them last longer (it's a great trick when you're training, make them want more!).
Zuke's makes a lot of other great treats, but the mini naturals are the winner in my house. They also come in duck, salmon, peanut butter, wild rabbit, and beef.
I can't say enough great things about these Wellness WellBites. Harley and Penny LOVE them, and in my opinion they are the best for training because they are really soft and you can pinch off tiny pieces. Each piece is a small wide traingle size, which easily breaks down into 4 or 6 smaller pieces. Both Harley and Penny love the flavors (they've tried them all), the only thing is that they give them both pretty gnarly gas, but I don't mind because they love these treats and they are healthy - wheat-free and they contain no corn, soy or artificial flavors.
Charlee Bears are a must-have if you're training a dog. Most dogs like them... they are like little dog oyster crackers (and crunchy). Each Charlee Bear is small (about the size of a nickel) and the treats are dry so you can easily stick a handful of them in your pocket or treat pouch and not have to worry about them getting smashed up inside. They contain no preservatives, color or sugar, and each treat is about 3 calories. Charlee Bears come in the following flavors: Egg & Cheese, Liver, Chicken Soup & Garden Veggie, and Liver Cranberry.
Sorry this is a terrible photo. I realize that Trader Joe's does not exist everywhere, but these chicken jerky sticks are great because they are soft and easy to pinch of small pieces at a time. They're also easy tostyle="color: #e87826;" keep in a pocket and won't smash and smear everywhere... of course they're made with real chicken in the USA and dogs love them!
I really charish my "training" time with Harley and Penny so I'm always looking out for new treats to try. They really liked these treats because they are literally tiny little stars. The stars are about 1/4" in size and they are also hard and dry, so you can stick a bunch in your pocket.
The flavor is sweet potato and they're also made in the USA, woo hoo!
What treats did you use to train your dog? Let me know if I'm missing something in the comments below.