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Best Training Treats For Dogs

While training your dog, you like to use treats as rewards for your dog right? Same here! We need to be conscious of how many treats we are feeding our dogs because most treats are not super healthy. Kind of like humans need to be careful of how many sweets we consume in order to maintain our body-weight, we need to make sure our pooches don’t become pudges due to overindulgence on treats. We’ve compiled a list of the best training treats for dogs to help you identify the perfect training treats for your dog. We’ve ranked them in my order of preference.

1. Cloud Star Tricky Trainers (Chewy)Tricky Trainers

About the product: made from all natural ingredients. Wheat-free, corn-free, and low fat chewy treats are roughly the size and shape of a pencil eraser. These treats are also low calorie and made in the USA. The soft, chewy texture is designed for dogs of all sizes and ages. Available in three great flavors like Salmon, Cheddar, and Liver.

What we LIKE about the product: bite size treats that are soft and chewy. Our dogs seem to love them and perform whatever command we ask of them as long as we are holding one of these. We also like that they are wheat-free and corn-free and made from all natural ingredients.

What we DISLIKE about the product: only three flavors available of the chewy version.

Price: 5-oz package = $7; 14-oz package = $12

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

2. Zuke’s Mini Naturals Healthy Moist Training TreatsZukes mini training treats

About the product: Specifically designed for training with only 3.5 calories per treat. Contains natural wholefood ingredients packed with antioxidants. Made in the USA and contains no Wheat, no Corn, and no Soy. Real chicken is the #1 ingredient. Like the Tricky Trainers, these treats are roughly the size and shape of a pencil eraser. Comes in a variety of flavors.

What we LIKE about the product: they are bite-sized and low fat and made from natural ingredients. They are soft and chewy and great for dogs of all sizes and ages. Lower fat content than most other training treats. Great variety of flavors available; six total in the chewy version.

What we DISLIKE about the product: the claim about 3.5 calories per treat is misleading. Yes that is a lower calorie content than most other treats, but is more than the Tricky Trainers contain (3.0 calories per treat). There is only one size package available. If you want to try these for your dog, you have to buy an entire 1 lb package. Honestly these treats would be Number 1 on this list if Tricky Trainers weren’t already there.

Price: $10 per 16-oz package

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

3. Pet Botanics Training Rewards Treats for DogsPet Botanics training treats

About the product: small bite sized treats great for repetitive rewards. Package contains over 550 treats. These treats are easy to carry in your pocket, and they are made with real pork liver and other healthy and nutritional ingredients. They are a low calorie treat made in the USA. They are smaller in size than the first two training treats on this list.

What we LIKE about the product: these treats are low calorie and come in BACON flavor. Who doesn’t love bacon?! This is another soft, chewy treat that is designed for all sizes and ages of dogs. The package size is 20 ounces so you are really getting a lot for your money. They also use real bacon as an ingredient. If you can’t tell, we love bacon…

What we DISLIKE about the product: the package size does not bode well if you wanted to try out a sample. When you buy the whole 20 ounce package, you better hope your dog likes them. These treats are number 3 because they are number 3 in fat content, but still only 4 calories per treat. We also don’t like that there are only 3 flavors available, but one of them is bacon, so….

Price: $20 for 20-oz package

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

For More Information….

If you have other training treats you want us to review, please leave a comment and we will be happy to post a review. For more varieties of training treats, feel free to check them out here.

 

Nate

9 Comments

  1. It seems as though most healthy treats are available in limited flavors. You don’t mention it in your review, what are the 3 flavors that the Cloud Star Tricky Trainers come in?

    What is is about Zuke’s 3.5 calories claim that’s misleading? Do they claim to be the lowest? Or are they smaller than some of the other options?

    • Hi Chris I thought I had listed the flavors in the article! My apologies! The three flavors available for Tricky Trainers are Cheddar, Salmon, and Liver.

      Zuke’s 3.5 calories claim is misleading due to the size of the actual treats being smaller than others with the same calorie content.

      • Thanks! That’s what a thought, Nate. Your description made them sound really small.

  2. I currently use Zuke’s treats for my dog and like them, but am always looking for other training treats that my dog will like too. Thanks for this post!

    I was interested to see that the Cloud Star training treats came in cheddar flavour. I always thought that cheese was bad for dogs, but perhaps the Cloud Star treats have cheddar in very low amounts. Do you know if that’s the case?

    • Hi Samantha thank you for visiting! I’ll tackle a couple things here for you. First, “cheese is bad for dogs” is a very broad statement… It should be “Some types of cheese are bad for dogs”. Creamier cheeses tend to be worse for your dog, because of their extra fat content. Obviously any cheese has a higher fat content than other healthier snacks like carrots, but a small corner of your cheddar cheese slice is okay for your dog. Although I NEVER recommend giving them pieces of the individually wrapped cheeses. Those tend to have tons of preservatives that can wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive system.

      Secondly, the cheddar content in the Tricky Trainers is approximately 8-10%. Considering the treats themselves are about the size of a pencil eraser, that’s a small amount. In one training session my 12 and 16 pound dogs each consume 10-12 training treats, and they have never had any issues.

  3. to be honest:) I will ask the opinion of choko , my chocolate labrador :)))
    he sais you have some nice sweeties there and he wants Moore:)))
    lovely product and I am sure all our ‘best friends’ will enjoy them.
    Thank you for sharing and now… we start the training:))
    have a nice day,
    Cristina

    • Hey thanks for visiting! My girls really have discerning tastes when it comes to treats. As in, if it’s a treat, they have to taste it

  4. Hi there,

    thank you so much for this information. I have been pulling my hair around the right treats to give my boys. I love your honesty with your review on your likes and dislikes. I am looking at trialing out product 2 ‘zukes’.

    thanks for this and will be keeping up with your reviews

    • I’m glad you found it helpful! If you ever have any products you would like me to review, let me know and I will make sure to give some honest feedback.

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