Getting the right puppy treats for rewarding your new pup is very important. Puppies require training as soon as they become part of your family to avoid them growing up to be sassy little monsters.
Rewarding your puppy for good behavior is enjoyable and very effective in teaching your pup the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors.
From experience, I have learned that if you use a variety of different puppy treats, you will get a better response! Don't keep to the same treat each time as they will easily lose interest, which can result in the training becoming harder. As a suggestion, use a low-value treat for easy things and keep the high value 'Jackpot' treats for when you are teaching more challenging behaviors.
Keep an eye out for treats that are "holistic", they're held to a higher standard and are usually quite good. Steer clear of any ingredients you're unsure of. Definitely stay away from anything that contains BHT and BHA which are proven carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).
There is also no need for your pups treats to contain wheat, corn, soy, preservatives or any artificial colors. For more detailed information on the ingredients that you should avoid and why, please visit the Healthy Treats page.
Making your pup's treats at home will allow you to manage the ingredients and will probably save you money too. If you're looking for a treat that has a little crunch, I would recommend the vegan PB and apple sauce clusters. For the perfect soft treat, try making liver sponge cake - it's one of my dog's favorites.
You can say goodbye to nasty lingering odors as our homemade puppy treats all smell amazing when being cooked. In fact, they're given that they're made with human-grade ingredients, they're totally fit for human consumption. I've actually caught my own husband eating our dog's homemade treats, he says that they taste pretty darn good. These treats are always the best choice for dog owners seeking a safe and healthy snack for their companion.
You can save money by using foods that you already have at home as treats for your puppy. This is convenient and saves a trip to your store. There are a range of human foods that I give to my dog. She goes crazy for them as they are different from regular puppy and dog treats, and I'm happy because they are healthy. Below are a few of my recommendations:
Cheese 'My Dog's is Addicted' - Fresh mozzarella, cheese sticks and cheddar cheese are always a great hit.
Fresh and Dehydrated Meats - Chicken, Liver, Turkey..you can use any type of meat. As a suggestion, if you're going to use a high fat meat like a sausage, only use a small amount.
Baby Food - Each time you reward your puppy for good behavior, or if he's learning a new trick, let him lick a small amount of baby food from a plastic spoon 'one lick per reward' and once the jar is empty you can reuse this and fill it with peanut butter, cream cheese or something else that you know your puppy loves.
Healthy Fruit and Veggies 'Good if your dog is on a diet' - Make sure you always wash the ingredients and remove any rinds, inedible skins, seeds and pits before feeding to your puppy or dog. Keep in mind that dogs can't generally digest these too well, so they may come out the same way as they went in - always keep the treats to a reasonable size to your dog or puppy!
Many dog owners need or want to use their dog's everyday food as treats. For instance:
Dried food taken from your puppy's daily allowance can be used during training sessions with your puppy. However, this will only be successful if your puppy likes his dry food enough to do tricks for it! This can be encouraged by using it in a more exciting way than you normally would when giving you puppy his dinner, get excited with your puppy, and you will see a difference.
Try putting some of the dry food in a sealed bag with some small pieces of bacon, cheese, or a hot-dog for a few hours before you do the training. This allows the kibble to soak up thecodor from the human foods, which should get your puppy very excited for the treat.
You can make exciting treats from your puppy's dry food (dry or wet food) which is quick and simple to do. There is no need to add any other ingredients that would put your dog at risk. See here for details on how to make treats out of your dog's food.
Unfortunately, many brands of commercial puppy treats contain ingredients that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, which ultimately contribute to many illnesses in dogs.
Avoid purchasing commercial treats that contain corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors, meat by meat products and meat meal. For more detailed information on the ingredients that you should be avoiding, please check out my Healthy Dog Treats page for more details.
One other thing that I want to mention, is that many puppy treats that are marketed as 'moist' or 'soft' often contain a dangerous ingredient, Propylene Glycol.
Propylene Glycol is simply another name for anti-freeze - for obvious reasons, don't buy any treats for your pup that contains this ingredient!
Other variants of Propylene Glycol include: 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 1,2-propanediol, methyl glycol, and trimethyl glycol.