Treats you used for your puppy training?

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May 17, 2008
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Treats you used for your puppy training?

Wondering what treats people have used to start training 8-10 week old puppy?

- Did you use a variety of different treats?
- How small is the portion size?
- A daily limit (by weight?) you kept to?
- Did you use it in conjunction with a clicker?
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Aug 18, 2019
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1. Yes variety but choose ones that can be broken down into smaller pieces for training + tricks. I boil chicken breasts too n cut into small chunks to use as nutritious, cheap, tasty treats! And to give her when shes feeling down after vaccinations, etc.
2. Depends on size of dog and it's up to you. I have 4 m/o female maltipoo and give her tiny bit sizes for training
3. Only TIME limit of ~5 mins per training session to a max of ~15 mins per day to give her treats when she does tricks and potties on right spots n give her small pieces so she's not full on treats. No PORTION limit for me.
4. No just voice commands+ praises for me but you can. I know others who do so

My Maltipoo can do roll, sit, shake paw, stand and down for now. Next trick will be to PRAY Person With Folded Hands Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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May 3, 2003
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My doggie is quite responsive to the freeze-dried trainers such as: ... FCM04085CA

They're so tiny that you can feed a couple dozen to your dog without worrying about overfeeding (in terms of calories). Not exactly cheap but the portions are so small, they last a long time. My 4ozs might last my dog's entire training.
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Mar 17, 2006
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You can even use their own kibble (food they eat) as treats. Puppies that age are usually hungry all the time, so you won't need to do too much convincing.
Mar 7, 2011
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For a puppy that young, I would just continue to use their kibbles as their training treat. Like someone has mentioned, these are hungry beasts!

However, if you are adamant about getting a new treat - there are many out there that are low-cal. For example, I use Cloud Stars chewy treats AND I cut them into smaller pieces to lower the consumption/extend the longevity of the treats (so < 4 cal/treat). Just know that treats should not exceed ~10% of their daily calorie consumption (what I've read, not confirmed - probably not applicable to puppies...). Depending on the breed, you may want to avoid protein filled snacks. Perhaps try using some dog-safe vegetables and fruits?

Lastly, I would use a mix of voice and clicker. This was taught to us by a trainer - as you may not always have your clicker with you. So in these incidents, what or how would you let your dog know that they did something awesome? Some use the word "YIP" in a high pitch. I just use the word "YES" in a high pitch. Best to stick to a single syllable word and something you don't frequently use.
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Sep 26, 2016
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I break the freeze dried "complete meal" patty to small pieces for treat, you can give your pup as much as you want and then just lower your main feeding amount accordingly. Dogs love these freeze dried patties, but they are very expensive, from at least $60 to $150 or so per kilogram
Nov 4, 2021
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I usually choose fresh meat and veggies for treats. Raw beef is the best. I've been using it for years and it works.
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Sep 7, 2009
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Memaw25 wrote: I usually choose fresh meat and veggies for treats. Raw beef is the best. I've been using it for years and it works.
Nice thing is you can pop a couple in your mouth at the same time.


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