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    DefaultWhat natural treats do you feed your dogs?

    We have been looking for all natural treats for Peyton. I'm wondering if there are some options we haven't tried yet. Here is what we have found:

    Buddy Biscuits
    Ol' Mother Hubbard
    Three Dog Bakery
    Train Me! (little training bits that make him go crazy!)
    Fresh Pet treats (these cause nasty gas for him, which is too bad because they even smell good to us)

    He'll eat just about any treat we give him, so we're not working with a picky pup. I've heard of dogs liking carrots as a treat. Any thoughts?

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    The only thing my dogs get as treats are pieces of their kibble.



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    That's what my 8-year-old does when he wants to give him a treat. I thought it was funny when he started doing it, but it makes sense

    With 4 kids wanting to give him treats all the time, we have to put them out of their reach. Peyton would be a seriously fat puppy if we didn't!
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    I'm not much of a treat person. They eat their food and that's basically it. If I need something for training, then it's pieces of their food. I use my voice, more than treats, as a reward.



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    I tend to think of "natural" as being stuff that doesn't come from the store. Most of our training treats are real roast beef. Buy on sale (so far no more than $1.80 per pound) cook, cool, cut, freeze till needed. Compare with Zukes which cost me nearly $15/lb. Which I do buy once in while for a change.

    Also most fruits and vegetables but not onions or grapes or raisins. Carrots are great. Beets give some good gnawing and chewing but also bloody looking pee and poop. Sometimes hotdogs as they are slimy and slide down easily with less concern about gagging in training class. I can cut an ordinary hotdog into 100 pieces. LOL, almost too small to handle.

    ETA: Going to amend my definition of "natural" because of course all my treats do come from the store, or my garden. I mean not manufactured.
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    He is warily examining his first carrot right now. Not sure what he thinks...

    Thanks for the ideas! I guess my definition of "natural" is not including things that I can't identify where it came from. If I won't feed my kids food coloring, the dog sure doesn't need it in his food or treats! He is a food nut that loves his treats, and we love giving them but want to avoid making him fat.

    Edited to fix typo...
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    I use carrots, green beans, apples, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, melon and string cheese. I also dehydrate chicken which they get sometimes. You really don't need to buy treats from the store, they are mostly empty calories. Using a portion of their kibble when they are potty training is a great idea since you are outside so often. Tiny pieces of string cheese works great for formal training classes.
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    String cheese... Interesting. This is why I asked, thanks! We always have sliced apples, might have to give that a try, too.
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    My girls love carrots, apples, frozen banana slices, blueberries, watermelon chunks. I stuff and freeze Kongs with Greek vanilla yogurt and blueberries or bananas.


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    I used to dehydrate slices of banana for Puff and she loved them but I haven't done that for a few years.
    (But the dehydrated banana slices are easy to carry -- hard, little brown, non-sticky wafers.) And with a
    dedicated dehydrator, they're done overnight with no burning.

    But for the last several years, we use unsalted peanuts -- which she craves. I limit the amount she gets at any
    one time to about 7 halves. Since I see undigested large pieces of peanuts in her poops, it's visibly apparent
    that she's not digesting them (since without molars, she can't chew them to a powder) so they're essentially
    calorie free treats.

    Works for us.

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    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
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