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High value treats for training (ideas)

I searched but maybe not enough so I thought I’d start a thread, instead. I’m happy that our new pup is enjoying safe yummy “human” foods safe for him. I am feeding dry food for meal but am enjoying giving him high value treat options when training him or rewarding positive behavior.

Of course he’s in puppy class and I alternate to high value as he looses interest at the 45 minute mark. LOL.

Same goes for training around the house.

I’d love some ideas and I’ll search this forum too. So far our pup enjoys cucumbers, broccoli, bell peppers and then apples and bananas (highly moderated due to sugar) as well as blueberries.

Recently I made a dog version of a protein pancake with just whole egg, oats and extra virgin olive oil. It cuts nicely after chilled and cuts to nice tiny quick chewing treats for training.

Am just getting into natural foods for his training and treats or just because he can have a snack - moments.

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We used pieces of kibble as the basic treat probably 80% of the time then very tiny cubes of cheese, apples, no nitrate hot dogs microwaved and cut into tiny pieces, dried liver, and Wellness puppy treats cut into fourths. As he got older I cut cooked chicken breast into cubes and froze them individually on a cookie sheet before I bagged them up but they were a little messy in class. Rukie is very food motivated so even the tiniest taste of anything works well.


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We used pieces of kibble as the basic treat probably 80% of the time then very tiny cubes of cheese, apples, no nitrate hot dogs microwaved and cut into tiny pieces, dried liver, and Wellness puppy treats cut into fourths. As he got older I cut cooked chicken breast into cubes and froze them individually on a cookie sheet before I bagged them up but they were a little messy in class. Rukie is very food motivated so even the tiniest taste of anything works well.
Chicken does sound messy but yummy. Here’s the egg/oats. We’ve taste tested it here and he loves it lol.

Cheeeeeese. Always a good one too. Thanks! I don’t think I can stomach liver even for him tho hahaha
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Those do look good and not messy. I will try a batch. Did you cook it like a pancake or bake it?


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Those do look good and not messy. I will try a batch. Did you cook it like a pancake or bake it?
Like a pancake. I used organic whole eggs in a carton (that’s all that’s in them). And literally Quaker Oats original. Mixed. Olive oil in the pan and yep just poured it in and flipped. I cooled it off in the fridge then cut them up. They’re plain as heck but good. 🙂
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When she was little, i used pieces of her food for training.

She is super smart and now even at almost 4 i can teach her new things once in a while i use her current treats which is carrots.

Carrots are what i use to get her to pose for pictures too, especially the ones i do at holidays with my son lol


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I thought cheese made dogs hipper
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We like Zukes mini salmon and chicken treats because they're nice and small for training. For high value we used exactly what other people have mentioned - cheese, no nitrate added all beef or turkey hot dogs, or cut up chicken. It was definitely messy in class but they were the most effective at maintaining Luna's attention.


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I thought cheese made dogs hipper
Only if they know the appropriate wine or craft beer to pair it with obviously.

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Only if they know the appropriate wine or craft beer to pair it with obviously.[/QUOTE]



We use sliced mozzerella slicks as training treats. Small and they don't need to spend time to stop n chew.

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Only if they know the appropriate wine or craft beer to pair it with obviously.[/QUOTE]

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