What are the best dog training treats?
What are the best dog treats for training is a question I’m frequently asked at The Dog Chef. So what are the best training treats? And what makes one training treat better than another?
The best dog treats for training are:
- Easy to chew and swallow
- Natural and healthy
As the term implies, high-reward training treats are treats that offer a higher reward than normal dog treats. When you’re training with your pup, you want his or her attention focused on you as much as possible. To that end, a treat that is especially designed for dog training is preferable to any other treat.
This means a treat with a particularly strong smell to really grab your dog’s attention. And one that tastes extra specially nice so your pup knows for certain that he or she is being rewarded for approved behaviour. In animal psychology terms, it’s something known as positive reinforcement.
Research shows that a dog is likely to be more motivated, more willing to please, when offered a high-reward treat. So if you want your dog to work harder, run faster or focus more, a high quality training treat is best. One that is different from its normal food. Something tastier and smellier. The tastier and smellier the better!
Easy to chew treats
The best dog treats for training are also ones that are easy to chew and swallow. When training with your dog, whether he or she be a puppy or an adult dog, you need as few distractions as possible.
Invariably, normal dog treats are hard. Not easy to chew and swallow. Having to focus on chewing a particularly crisp dog treat is likely to distract your dog just when you need its attention most.
So an easy to chew training treat allows your dog to enjoy his or her reward quickly and without losing focus on the job in hand.
Natural and healthy treats
It goes without saying that you want your dog’s training treats to be natural and healthy. Your dog is likely to consume quite a few treats during a training session. A commercial dog treat made with synthetic ingredients is the last thing you want to be giving your best friend under those circumstances. Certainly in quantity.
No, it makes sense that his or her training treats should be made with natural ingredients. And that those treats should also carry some health benefits. That they should be made with nutritious ingredients that are likely to improve your dog’s health at the same time as rewarding it for good behaviour. Ideally a treat approved by a qualified canine nutritionist.
Training treat mixes
My Bake & Treat dog treat mixes give you complete control over how you reward your dog during training. They’re high-reward. They’re easy to chew and swallow. And, approved by my resident canine nutritionist, they’re natural and healthy. Containing only 100% natural ingredients, they’re so healthy in fact, you could eat them too.
So, there you have the answer to the question, what are the best dog treats for training. I do hope you’ll give my dog training treats a try. And to please let me know how you get on. I’d love to see images of your pup during training.