Ripley's Favorite Store-bought Training Treats: Here
at Red Rover, we love to shop for treats...but we do have standards. I
choose only natural ingredients, with no chemical preservatives or
artificial colors. These are some of our favorites...I like them for
the ingredients and the dogs like them for the flavor! People are
always asking me what treats I like...so I figured I'd make a section
of the website to answer this question! ~Erin
Charlee Bear Treats We
love these treats at Red Rover...they look like oyster crackers...small
and crunchy. The dogs love them...especially the new flavor-Turkey
Liver and Cranberry. They're low fat!
Kong Tots We
discovered these at Clicker Expo...where Kong was a sponsor. They were
giving them out for training...and Score LOVED them. We bought some
bags to bring home, and we always keep a bag in our training bag now.
Low-fat, and only two ingredients (beef liver and milo grain). No wheat
or corn makes them great for dogs with allergies. Small and crunchy,
but they go down quick!
Gerber Fruit Puffs These
are actually for human toddlers, but they work great for dog training
treats too! Small and slightly crunchy, they are a tasty alternative to
the typical cereal training treat (like Cheerios). I personally snack
on them too while training...the Strawberry-apple taste like
Crunchberries, I think. They're designed to disolve in the mouth, so
they're great for training.
Plato Pet Treats The
dogs go crazy for these soft, chewy strips of meat. We've tried the
chicken, duck and salmon flavors, and all were devoured quickly.
They're large treats, but are easy to tear into small pieces for
training. One bag goes a long way!
Zukes Mini Naturals One
of Xander's favorites. He loves the peanut butter variety. These are
small, chewy treats that come in many flavors. They don't make a mess
in your treat pouch either. Try the Zukes Power Bones for
competitions...they keep Xander going strong! Simon and Huey Soft Training Treats Another
one of Xander's favorites...and a favorite of the whole gang. Xander
prefers the PB and molasses variety, and everyone else loves the
"Kickin' Chicken" variety. They smell good enough for me to eat (I
haven't tried them...yet). Small and great for training. Canz Real Meat Jerky Treats These
are great alternatives to the grocery store type jerky treats. These
are natural and made with real meat, not chemicals and fillers. My guys
go crazy for all of the flavors...they don't have a favorite, they love
them all. Easily torn into bite sized pieces for training.
Natural Balance Dog Food Roll This
is actually dog food pressed into a sausage-shaped roll. I like to use
it for training treats...I just cut off the wrapper, and cut it into
bite-sized pieces. Then I freeze it until I need to use them. My guys
love the beef flavor, but they enjoy all of the other flavors too. This
is nice if you're worried about your dog having a balanced diet...even
the treats are balanced this way!
"People" Treats for Dogs
Here are some of our favorite "people" treats or "Human food" as some people refer to them. As in, "I never give my dog people food!"
Shadybrook Farm Turkey Meatballs:
We refer to these as "Doggy Crack"...because the flyball dogs will do
anything for these meatballs. They taste pretty good with spagetti too!
These are mentioned by brand name, as they're the best out there for
training (pre-cooked but not frozen, they don't turn to mush when cut
up and put in a treat pouch) and the company has been very nice about
sending us coupons! :)
Other people food treats:
Chicken breast strips (found in the meat section near the hot dogs and such...pre-cooked and delicious!)
Pouched chicken (found near the canned meat...this chicken is in pouches...doesn't need to be refrigerated...easy to carry in your training bag!)
Smoked sausage (cut up into bite-sized pieces! Yum!)
Liverwurst (cut up while frozen and nuke it!)
Ham cubes (easy as that...right out of the package and into the dog's mouth!)
Vienna sausages (like hot dogs, but easy to have a can ready when you need treats!)
Beef heart (found in the meat section...just boil and cut into small pieces!)
String cheese (easy to keep a package in your pocket...and bite off pieces for the dog!)