Small, Soft Training Treats for Puppy

I have a 13 wk old Pom puppy who is paper training. I would like to use treats in her training. I would love suggestions on small soft training treats. Thanks Guys!

Ang from Ohio

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,

We use real liver (freeze-dried) treats and puppy biscuits. The real liver treat are soft and can be broken into smaller pieces. The puppy biscuits are small, round and harder and are perfect for small dogs like yours.

For training, it works best to have three grades of treat Best, Better, and Good. For the difficult commands such as a stay, wait, down-stay or drop it, the best or "gold" treats make training easier.

Good luck and hope this helps.

P.S. These treats are available in chain pet stores.

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

Old Roy (at Walmart) has smaller bags of dog food that is soft. This is a lot cheaper than "treats".

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Hello, I also have poms and mine love this treat. They are easy to make. Take 1 jar chicken, beef, or turkey baby food and mix it with equal parts wheat germ and powdered milk untill it's no longer thin. make drop size bites then bake in a 350 degree oven untill brown around corners. Keep in fridge it's a really eazy and great training treat.

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Hello, I also have poms and mine love this treat. They are easy to make. Take 1 jar chicken, beef, or turkey baby food and mix it with equal parts wheat germ and powdered milk untill it's no longer thin. make drop size bites then bake in a 350 degree oven untill brown around corners. Keep in fridge it's a really eazy and great training treat.

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

Your little puppy has got the cutest face!

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

What a sweet puppy!

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I've trained several small dogs, all of whom actively disliked large hard treats or chews or any kind (except for burying!). But they uniformly went for GOLDFISH (the little fish-shaped cheese crackers). Goldfish are also very easy (and non-messy) to carry in a pocket for outside commands. I never used them except in training, and that seemed to solve the "good, better, best" treat quality issue. They rapidly learned that the appearance of Goldfish meant they were going to "do" something, much the same as the bigger dogs reacted to the clicker.

Although unasked, I'd like to add one other thing which I've found to be invaluable for owning calm, "non-yappy" small dogs. Make sure she gets as much exercise as you would give a larger dog. Toy & Miniature dogs get just as "antsy" as big dogs do without proper exercise, and people assume this "antsy-ness" is just because they're "little". Wrong! It's not their fault that they can't knock you down to convince you that they need one or more daily walks ("runs") outside their normal fenced area, and visits to the dog beach or park, and/or "yard dates" w/other small dogs!

After all, who said Labs & Shepherds & Collies should have all the fun?

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January 16, 20080 found this helpful

Hello...what a cutie. There is a product out called "Sniffers 101" also "Sniffers" These are "training bits...all natural, made with real meat and cheese and is an herbal formula too..We get them at a Mill and Feed Store here in Anch. Ak. Good luck. Our 14 yr old has learned "new" tricks just to get the treats.

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I read somewhere that the best and cheapest is cut up hotdogs. I slice them long ways into fourths, then into small pieces and microwave them until they are dried up. They keep in a jar, open, on the counter top. My dog loves them.

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My mom has a pom and she loves anything! We found she loves Cheerios as a treat and will do anything for one!

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January 17, 20080 found this helpful

I too have pomeranians. 2 girls, see my profile for the details.

I do a lot of obedience and agility training with them. We use tons of treats. Best treats for any training, should be small and soft. Soft treats allow the dog to keep focused on you. If you ever watched your dog chew a crunchy treat you will notice they drop their head and lose focus.

I found lots of small treats they liked, but they are or can be expensive. The best and least expensive treat would be string cheese. You can break off small bites. For a small Pom you could get tons of treating out of just one stick. Not to mention it is more healthy for them. The procesed treats have corn syrup as a main ingredient unless you spend money for the natural ones. Most of them you can't find just in any pet store. String cheese you can always have on had, it doesn't smell and you can easily take it with you on walks and other places you may want to practice with training. The other thing would be any kind of cooked meat, liver, beef, chicken...just cook a piece of chicken and cut it into pieces. The only thing with meat is you should only keep the piece in the fridge for 3-4 days, if you don't use it by then, throw it. Another reason why cheese is good. single small packages and longer fridge life.

Hope this helps.

Chris

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