It is very important to choose treats that are motivating for your puppy, yet still healthy and safe.
I recommend making a mixture (like trail mix) and having a small container in every room of your house where the puppy is allowed. You may also want to keep a stash in your training bag, so that no matter where you are, you can reward your puppy for good behavior.
This mixture should contain 3 different treats, at least two of which should be soft. The treats should be bite-sized so that you can feed many in a given day without compromising your puppy’s diet.
Please see the list below for suggestions. This is obviously not an all-inclusive list. If you have questions, feel free to ask!
- Bil-Jac Liver treats
- Reward (Pet Botanics) Training rewards (chicken, beef, lamb)
- Old Mother Hubbard BITZ (soft and chewy)
- Nature’s Recipe Training Treats
- Natural Balance (Dick Van Patten’s – tube of soft diet which can be broken into pieces and the excess stored in your freezer)
- Freeze-dried liver, beef, chicken, lamb, etc.
- Puppy kibble
- Charlee Bear Treats
- Old Mother Hubbard BITZ
- Little Stars
Being a veterinarian, I do not recommend hot dogs, cheese, turkey, or other people-foods which may upset your puppy’s stomach or cause diarrhea. There are plenty of healthy alternatives which are also highly motivating and yummy!