It’s true. I am the “treat lady”. You will find treats in my car, my washing machine, and even my medicine cabinet. Using food rewards is an important part of positive reinforcement dog training. It naturally motivates dogs and helps them form positive associations. Be careful to never use food as a bribe. Don’t show your dog the treat to get him to do what you want. Teach him to do what you want and then only let him see the food as he receives it.
Treat: Value for Your Money
Made in the U.S.A. with mostly healthy ingredients. (It has salt.) These soft treats break up in to tiny pieces. They are about $8 for 20 oz. Great value for the money. They also make minis but the price isn’t as great.
Other small, soft, training treat favorites:Lil’ Bitz Wild Salmon + Kelp Training Treats (4 oz) Zuke’s Natural Training Dog Treats; Mini Naturals Recipe; Made in USA Facilities, 16 oz, Chicken Recipe
Stinky, Special Treat: Value for Your Money
Only 1 ingredient! Healthy beef lung treats. These treats are STINKY and can motivate dogs to do things they don’t really want to do. This 16oz bag is only $7.27. It is an amazing value. These break up into small pieces and the bag lasts and lasts. Do not over do it with these treats. Too many can upset stomachs.
Special Treat: I Have to Go to the PetStoreTrue Chews Premium Jerky Cuts Made with Real Steak 20 oz
Seriously try avoid buying treats at the store. (Unless you are supporting a local, family owned business!) The exact same items can be almost twice the price at the PetStore. However, if you need something special in a flash, you can conveniently pick these up.
Splurge: Worth the MoneyPureBites 1Pb470Bl Beef Liver For Dogs, 16.6Oz / 470G – Super Value Size
These real beef liver treats are freeze dried and cut into pieces that are easy to break up for training. They are gross. Dogs love gross.
I also recommend a few other things for those starting training. These are not requirements but they are such a great investment.
If you know me, you know Tank wore a plastic snap collar as a puppy. If you know me, you also know that he will never wear one again. Don’t lose your dog. Consider a collar with holes and a pin.
Work Safely “Off Leash”Siumouhoi Dog/Puppy Obedience Recall Training Agility Lead- 15 ft 20 ft 30 ft 40 ft 50 ft Dog Leash Long line -Training Leash, Extended Rope for Training. (15Feet, Purple)
Try a 20 foot training leash to give your dog more freedom and also to safely practice training from a distance. Use this instead of a retractable leash which may break.
My Training PouchPetSafe Treat Pouch Sport- Durable, Convenient Dog Training Accessory, Standard, Black
You’ll see me with the pouch constantly! Keep your treats handy in one of these guys. Pro tip: Hide the bag behind your back. You don’t want your dog to know you have treats on you.