The 8 Best Dog Training Treats

If you plan on training a new pup, or want to correct behaviors, one of the best ways to easily train your dog is with dog training treats. But what are the best dog training treats options? Here is a list of training treats that reward your dog for good behavior, but are also made with great ingredients for your peace of mind.

These are the best dog training treats to use in training your pup!

#1 – What You Already Have In Your Pantry

Some of the best training treats for dog training are what you already have in your pantry. These dog treats can include:

  • Some sliced up meat, including chicken, turkey, and even lamb (just remember that it needs to be unseasoned)
  • Cheese (although some dogs are lactose intolerant, so treat sparingly)
  • Peanut butter
  • Banana
  • Eggs (hard boiled is fine)
  • Apples
  • Popcorn (plain and air popped)
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • and so much more!

Many fruits and vegetables are safe to feed your pup during dog training, and are also some of the most natural dog treats to use. Just remember to not give your dog any toxic treats, like grapes/raisins, or peanut butter with xylitol.

#2 – Their Regular Food

Did you know that you don’t even really need to buy dog treats to train your dog? In fact, their regular kibble can do just fine. Of course, you don’t want to overfeed them.

Normally, you want to keep the treats to 1/2 of a cup or smaller, depending on the size of your dog. However, it is perfectly safe to train your dog with just their regular food.

#3 – Wellness Soft Puppy Bites

Now, let’s get into training treats that you can purchase for a training session with your pup. One of the best options are the Wellness soft puppy bites. These are a great treat option if you have a puppy, because of their small size and soft texture.

The soft training treats come in a few different flavors, including lamb and salmon, and chicken and carrot. They’re also grain free and don’t have any artificial colors. And, you can also pronounce every single ingredient on their nutrition label, which makes it easy to feel better about training your dog and treating them.

Not only are these treats high quality, but they’re great for training and are the perfect sized treats for growing puppies.

The calories per treat will vary, but the treats do have Omega-3s and are high in protein.

#4 – American Journey Oven Baked Bites

Next on the list are the American Journey oven-baked bites. The ingredients on these are simple and easy to pronounce, and human-grade. And, they come in bags of multiple sizes, which is great if you have a bigger dog or multiple dogs that you’re training at one time.

This training treat option is great if your pup likes a more crunchy texture. They also don’t contain any corn, wheat, or dairy. This is great if your pup is allergic or has an intolerance to those foods.

American Journey does recommend that you feed only 1 to 5 treats to your pup each day, so keep that in mind if you’ll be doing heavy training. These may not be the best treat option if you want to give handfuls.

#5 – Newman’s Own Jerky

Looking for a high value protein treat for your pup? If they like chewing, they’ll love the Newman’s Own Jerky treats. Of course, it’s the classic beef flavor jerky, but you can’t go wrong when using these treats for training.

The jerky is best for medium to large dogs, as the pieces may be too big and be too high calorie for a smaller dog when training. The beef is grass fed, free of artificial colors, and doesn’t have any corn, wheat, or soy. It’s a great treat and option for training, as well as healthy for your dog.

#6 – Zuke’s Mini Training Bites

Looking for a treat that you can give your small dog? Look no further, Zuke’s mini training bites are the best option for you. They come in savory options like chicken and salmon, but also have a sweet option of peanut butter and oats.

The treats are also low calorie, at just 2 calories per treat. That is great for smaller puppies and dogs who can’t eat too many calories, or for medium sized dogs who need to watch their weight. They are just the right size for training dogs that need smaller bites too.

While Zuke’s aren’t as “natural” as the other options on this list, their ingredients are still fairly simple. Keep in mind that there are grains in the treats though. If your dog is sensitive to that type of treat, this may not be the option for you.

#7 – Wholesome Pride Pet Treats

Looking for a training treat that’s just one or two ingredients? Well, if you can’t make your own, you can try the Wholesome Pride pet treats that are super simple and easy to give. These dehydrated treats are literally just 1 or 2 high quality ingredients that you can feel safe giving your dog.

They’re great for training sessions or just treating your dog, and you don’t have to feel guilty about giving them more than one. You can also break up the dog treat into smaller pieces if you have a smaller pet, and that will give you more bang for your buck as well.

These treats are also free of any additives, including preservatives, and they are a great source of fiber. If you have a dog with a sensitive tummy, try these treats.

#8 – PureBites Freeze Dried Treats

Freeze dried treats are a great option if you’re looking for a dog treat that is simple, easy to use, and contains tiny pieces. With that, PureBites doesn’t disappoint.

They have multiple flavor options, including chicken, beef liver, tuna, salmon, and turkey. And, the treats contain just 1 to 3 ingredients per bag. These treats are a great reward for the hard working pup, and are also low in calories.

#9 – Make Your Own Training Treats

If you don’t want to give your dog the treats listed above, you can always try making your own treats as well. In fact, I took everything I learned while operating my own business and created my course Diva Dog Bakery™.

I wanted to teach people how to start and grow a thriving dog treat business, including recipes that my customers loved. But, you can also grab the course if you’re just wanting to make treats for your own pup.

Every Dog Likes Delicious Treats

Are you ready to give the dogs what they’re looking for? If so, try these treats! Healthy, easy to feed, and without all the unnecessary fillers, these treats are an awesome way to reward your dog.

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