A lot of trainers would say dried liver is probably one of the highest value treats. I usually found small bits of cooked sausage, or cubes of cheddar cheese worked well. If you have a dog that easily gets any kind of gastric upset or gas, I would avoid dairy products entirely.
The other thing is–the treats should only be about the size of a peanut–not a whole peanut in the shell but just an individual peanut at most–or say, 1 or 2 peas, so they shouldn't be adding a lot of calories on top of your dog's intake. Food treats aren't supposed to be large chunks, at least not for this tiny breed. And you also need to subtract the amount you expect you are going to be giving in training treats from the dog's overall daily intake, so on training days or while you are going through the process of house training etc., just feed your dog less and allow the treats to fill in that gap. This is actually what is suggested by trainers like Ian Dunbar anyway–don't give your dog meals in a bowl, instead use the pieces of dry food as training rewards throughout the day. A hungry dog will be pretty darn motivated by a single piece of dried kibble!
I've never actually bothered with buying lots of costly training treats. I have found that using cat food works perfectly–it is quite smelly (because cats like food to be smelly and so it is made this way), and it has a higher protein level than dog food, and the dogs love it–plus the pieces are really tiny and just the right size as training treats for a cavalier. Buying a single small bag of a good quality dried cat food like Royal Canin etc. will cost far less than the equivalent amount of tiny packages of expensive dog treats.
I find that sometimes the pouch gets in the way but I am such a girlie girl that putting it in my pocket would be a no no :lol: My husband puts them in his pockets but when he gets home he has to pull out the pocket and empty the crumbs. I definitely don't want to know what salmon pockets smell like LOL
Originally Posted by Jay
Thanks Karlin. We are steering clear of cheese. Our classes are at lunch hr so he does not get a lunch when we go to training. I give less in his meals if I plan to do lots of training that day. Either the treats we give like little stars are so small to break or we cut up the treats to the size of a pinkie finger nail. We did buy the Ziwipeak treats and also buddy biscuits. We tried them both last night, it was like crack! He loved them! He tried stopping on our walks for eye contact and sits even before we wanted them just to get a treat LOL It was funny.
I plan to bake some chicken today and put them in baggies to freeze them. We will take some to our training class tomorrow. I'm sure that will be a huge surprise LOL
Originally Posted by Karlin
The best thing I EVER did was start making Liver Cake!
Its costs next to nothing to make and the Dogs go Bananas for it! I train twice a week and would pay a fortune if I bought ready made treats all the time.
I can make 1 Liver Cake for around £3.00 which lasts me 3 weeks ( I freeze it) it is high value enough to get Charlie to come off of chasing a bird which really is saying something!!!
There are plenty of recipes on the net or you could buy a Copy of Ruperts recipes available through Nicki!