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
Pet Botanics Grain-Free Mini Training Reward (Duck with Bacon)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. Easy to find at Petco!
Also check outo Zuke’s training treats for another healthy option!
Special Treat – Easy to find at Petco!
True Chews Premium Morsels with Real Chicken
These things are stinky and they motivate dogs every time. They are such a great value for such a high end product.
Splurge: Worth the Money EVERY Time
PureBites Beef Liver Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Treats
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. Another great find at Petco!
I also recommend a few other things for those starting training. These are not requirements but they are such a great investment.
Not-So-Easy to Break Collar
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”
Training Leash – Another easy find at Petco
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 Pouch
PetSafe Treat Pouch (2 sizes available)
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.