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What do you give your GSD for a treat? We used to give Rawhide bones but I saw some negative information on them on the internet and have stayed away from them.
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We use bully sticks.

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NO to rawhides around here, I feed fresh knuckle bones, bully sticks are good, too, just stinky! I would stay away from smoked bones from the pet shops. Anything from a butcher or meat dep't that is raw is safe. Pork neck bones, chicken or turkey necks and chix wings are really good and give nutrition along with a chew treat. Don't be surprised if they get gobbled up fast though! Oh, BTW welcome to this great site!

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Re: Dog Treat

Strawberries, blueberries, green beans, cheese, fish, meats, hot dogs, liver, hearts, bananas, peanut butter, bones (RAW, sometimes frozen, always with meat on them, he eats a raw diet), eggs, ice cubes, carrots, celery, smoothies, ice cream, stuffed kongs with various ingredients from the above list, some of these frozen or cooked, etc.

Best things are stuffed and frozen kongs- if I do them up right (rare), Renji can be kept occupied for an hour or so.

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Re: Dog Treat

Peanut-butter filled, frozen Kong.

Pizza crusts on the rare occasions that we have pizza.

Fresh cantaloupe, watermelon, carrots, and other fruit / veggies when we have them.

We also sometimes get Sniffer's Adult dog treats for training. They're really big but because they're soft, they can be easily broken into itty bitty little pieces. I would not feed a (daily) food with the ingredients they have, but for the occasional treat, they're okay.

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Re: Dog Treat

For ideas for treats, you might find this thread useful.

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...e=1#Post763415

For chews, I like bully sticks and Merrick's Texas Toothpicks (smoked beef tails). My dogs love them. I also feed raw treats like onyx listed -- turkey necks are an especially big hit and they're not very messy.

To keep a puppy occupied, you can buy toys like the Buster Cube. These are great because he's working his brain while he snacks. Perfect for mental stimulation! http://www.bustercube.com/
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Re: Dog Treat

We just fed our new pup (8 months) a bully stick for the first time and she loved it. What I wonder is how often can you give a treat like this? Is okay once a day?

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Bully sticks are (and I'm working off the top of my head here) abut 50% protein and 20% fat (or so).

So you have two things going on. Is she still eating all of her regular food? If so, she's picking up extra protein (and especially fat), that you need to be aware of. If she's in a growth spurt, that's probably ok. If not, it's a recipe for becoming a round little pup.

If she's not eating all her regular food, then she's loading up on treats. Bully sticks aren't "bad" for her. But they're not balanced sources of nutrition either.

Like everything else in our lives, moderation is key. There is also something else to consider. My guess is that if she gets one every day, she'll kind of realize that they're always going to be around and not mow through one a day, which IMO, is a great way for a dog to teach herself self restraint (I have treats and bones lying all over the place. My dogs don't think every treat is the last treat in the world. They pick one up when they feel like nibbling. Then they leave it when they're done.). But if she really does consume one a day, I think that's likely too much.

For an active adult, she probably could get away with it, but a pup that weighs approx 50-55 lbs? That seems like a lot to me (I assume also that she's getting training treats besides?)

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freezed dried 100% liver treats and all natural biscuits and of course something from our dinner.
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Re: Dog Treat

I use the freeze dried liver, chicken jerky that is 100% chicken, pig's ears, knuckle bones, cheese, baloney, hot dogs, left over dinner (mine), and venison treats.

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