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Airman1stclass 04-02-2014 08:16 PM

Commercial treats or Hotdogs?
 
So my puppy is running low on treats and im just wondering should I just start using hotdogs. Treats im looking at getting or cloud star brand training treats. Any advice?

onyx'girl 04-02-2014 08:26 PM

I don't usually give hot dogs(or eat them!) but do give string or cubed cheese and natural balance or red barn rolls that I cut into pea sized training treats or tracking bait.
I've wanted to order this, many of the people I train with swear by it, now that we're back to tracking I probably will get some for tracking bait: Happy Howie's Meat Rolls

boomer11 04-02-2014 08:35 PM

I wouldn't buy any treats from chain stores like petsmart or pet Co. They don't care about your dog. They care about making money and they will put anything on their shelves. There's a reason some of the higher quality respectable dog food brands refuse to sell to them.

If you buy treats go to a small pet boutique store. All the treats in there are usually made in USA. I'd go with natural balance rolls. It's firm enough to cut into a nice training size.

Hot dogs are great but they are very high in sodium. Imo the best treats are homemade because you know exactly what is going into them.

Lucy Dog 04-02-2014 08:37 PM

I'll boil some chicken breast or grill a cheap low fat steak like london broil. Cut them into a ton of tiny bite sized treats and you've got yourself a high value treat.

If you want to go commercial, I like zukes.

Airman1stclass 04-02-2014 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by onyx'girl (Post 5314273)
I don't usually give hot dogs(or eat them!) but do give string or cubed cheese and natural balance or red barn rolls that I cut into pea sized training treats or tracking bait.
I've wanted to order this, many of the people I train with swear by it, now that we're back to tracking I probably will get some for tracking bait: Happy Howie's Meat Rolls

Thabks I'll definitely check these outs. I actually have natural balance rolls now. He enjoys these. He isn't crazy for them.

Jakesworld 04-02-2014 09:27 PM

I use hot dogs, but not solely. I don't get the cheap ones like bar s, (mushy texture), I alternate with diced turkey, chicken, cheese and steak. Hot dogs are pretty high in sodium I think. Packs of breakfast steaks (thin cut) cooked and diced and frozen end up being Cheaper than quality commercial treats. Cooking a whole turkey can keep u in treats for awhile too. I used to cook a lb of hamburger patties, dice and freeze. (Haven't done that for awhile, don't know why) there's so many high quality treats you can make yourself. And it winds up being more economical. And they last a long time in the freezer. Not to mention variety. I do use some store bought treats, but mostly if I'm out and don't want my pockets all greasy.

eddie1976E 04-02-2014 09:48 PM

I just got some Paws Gourmet, but I think I will start making treats at home. Much more economical and healthy.

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kjdreyer 04-02-2014 09:58 PM

I think the Cloud Star treats are great - Jedda LOVES the chewy ones, and they're tiny so you don't end up stuffing her in a training session. They don't crumble in your pocket either. I found a deal on a variety of flavors on Amazon. They don't have salt or sugar in them, which I like. Good luck!

Diesel7602 04-02-2014 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Airman1stclass (Post 5314241)
So my puppy is running low on treats and im just wondering should I just start using hotdogs. Treats im looking at getting or cloud star brand training treats. Any advice?

Try making your own. My dog loves these. I use ground flax seed instead of corn meal. http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/18027...event10,event8
I also give my puppy hot dogs. But I wouldn't give them all the time =)

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SunCzarina 04-02-2014 11:21 PM

Does he like icecubes? My dogs go absolutely wild for frozen calves liver cubes. I broil 3 or 4 of them at once then cut them up and put them in 4 or 5 freezer bags.

Just be warned, liver's kinda nasty when you take out a bag for training and it sits in your pocket for an hour class. Venus loves cheese too but Otto's lactose intolerant and has low tolerance for fat so I have to treat with lean meat.


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