I have been doing alot of training with Nala and I like to switch up her treats to keep her interested but my question is what should I be looking for in her treats. Ingredients and nutritional facts and everything. Also what seems to work well for everyone else?
When Puff was a pup, I made a lot of treats for her -- slices of hot dog (nickle thin) sprinkled with a little garlic powder and nuked in the microwave; slices of banana or apple -- or other fruits -- dehydrated; dehydrated meats, etc. All those had high appeal.
As she got older, I saw some local dog trainers giving their dogs kibble from their next meal (pre-measured); that ensures a healthy treat without over-feeding, so I've been using that method for years.
In order to occasionally give Puff an unexpected variety without excessive kcals and other ingredients, I may give her an animal cracker every now and then.
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I love using hot-dogs. Doing the same thing as Bob Pr. Training treats are used less often here, so I really don't care much about how healthy they are...more about if they get their attention. So I have to admit I use stinky Pup-Peroni. There are a couple other companies, names escape me now, that make softer treats that are great. Liver, Venison.....Wellness is one of them..but there is another company.
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Is it ok for the treats to have wheat in them?
Honestly, Jes loves carrots. I use carrots more than anything else.
As for wheat, it is a common allergen, but if your dog isn't allergic to them then it wouldn't be a big deal for treats.
We also use baby carrots & sliced carrots, apple pieces, fresh & dried or frozen bananas, fresh pear slices (in season) .....just about any fruit EXCEPT GRAPES. WE used to mainly use them in summer but when all the recalls started, we had to think twice & are using them more & more.
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