9 of the BEST Dog Training Treats – Treats your dog will love!

My golden retriever Maui is a service dog so we go through plenty of treats as we review commands and are out in public. To accommodate for those extra treats, I cut back on the amount of regular dog food she gets at mealtime. The weather has been excruciatingly cold this winter in Minnesota so I pretty much try to stay indoors which severely limits Maui’s physical activity. Despite cutting back on mealtime food, I recently noticed Maui has put on a few unwanted extra pounds. To get her more active, I have started taking her to a mall once in a while to do a few laps or for a jog around the gym when I am done working out.

I also decided to take a look at calorie content in the treats she has been getting. But I didn’t just research her treats; I looked around at others as well. I wanted to take a look at what wholesome, natural, USA made treats are out there and compare ingredients and calorie content.

I’d like to share that information with you here in this list of 9 of the best dog training treats out there.

Chicken Liver Freeze-Dried Dog Treats

This Stewart Pro-Treat is 100% chicken liver; absolutely nothing else has been added. The raw chicken liver is freeze-dried and chopped into reward sized treats. These single ingredient treats are great for dogs on limited ingredient diets or with allergies. I’ve used this product and I would say you could probably get your dog to do just about anything for these treats! Calorie content per treat is not listed on the container Based on the calorie content in 1 oz. of chicken liver and that the container indicates about 350 treats/container I figure each treat to have approximately 1.1 kcal.

Zuke’s Mini Naturals

These tender little morsels come in six different flavors for your pup. They come in chicken, peanut butter & oats, salmon, duck, pork, and rabbit. Each weighing in at only 2.3 (or slightly less) kcal per treat. Mini naturals are single protein treats, so also a good option for dogs on limited ingredient diets or with allergies. They are also made with wholesome, natural ingredients and are corn, wheat, and soy free.

PureBites Lamb Freeze-Dried Dog Treats

These 100% natural single ingredient treats are made solely of lamb liver. The protein is sourced from New Zealand but freeze-dried in the U.S. These freeze-dried liver treats come in nicely sized bits for easy feeding and post a low 2.9 kcal per treat.

Freeze-Dried Raw Carnivore Crunch

Carnivore Crunch by Stella & Chewy’s comes in four taste varieties, chicken, beef, duck, and turkey. The chicken, beef, and turkey varieties are single protein treats, so good for dogs on limited ingredient diets or with allergies. The duck recipe also includes turkey. Each recipe is made of 98% cage-free poultry or grass-fed beef along with nutrient rich organs and bones.  These treats are gluten and grain free; include no added hormones or antibiotics; and no artificial ingredients. Each treat has only 3 kcal.

Blue Dog Bakery Perfect Trainers

These soft and chewy little morsels come in a single flavor of grilled chicken and cheese. Blue Dog Bakery prides itself on making healthy all-natural treats that contain no animal byproducts; artificial flavors or colors; or preservatives. Each treat contains only 3 kcal.

Blue Bits

Blue Bits by Blue Buffalo come in soft and crunchy varieties. The soft bits come in flavors of beef, chicken, salmon, and turkey while the crunchy treats are available in banana & peanut butter and blueberry & yogurt. These soft treats are 3.5 kcal each while the crunchy treats are 3 Kcal each. As with the Wild Bits, these treats include no chicken/poultry byproduct meal; no corn, whey, or soy; and no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. They DO include DHA to support cognitive development and omega-3 & 6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and coat.

Fruitables Skinny Minis

These soft and chewy treats come in five intriguingly unique flavors including apple bacon; pumpkin and berry; grilled bison; watermelon; and rotisserie chicken. Each recipe is free of wheat, corn, soy, gluten, and artificial flavors and colors. Each treat is 3.5 cal.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Bits

Wild Bits are also soft little treats made from deboned chicken, salmon, or duck. These morsels are 100% grain free and are 4 kcal per treat. As with the Blue Bits they are free of chicken/poultry byproduct meal, corn, whey, soy, as well as artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors. These treats also have the bonus of DHA and Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. For a more thorough review of the chicken flavor click HERE.

Nutro Crunchy Treats

Nutro’s crunchy treats come in a variety of flavors including banana, peanut butter, apple, mixed berry; and chicken & carrot. All are packed with natural ingredients, no artificial preservatives or flavors are added. I’ve used nearly all flavors of these treats and can safely say that Maui loves them all! You can literally see whole blueberries in some of the mixed berry treats! These treats are 5 kcal each, so a smidgen higher than some others. Click HERE to see a more thorough review of the Nutro crunchy apple treats.

Lynne and Maui

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6 Comments

  1. Abbee

    This all sound like such high quality treats! Which one would be best for a small dog (Yorkie poo) who tends to get small hard dog-biscuit-type treats stuck in her throat? Are some of the treats easier to chew than others? Also, would the lamb liver treats be suitable for an older dog with an intolerant digestive system?

    • Lynne

      Hi Abbee, thank you for visiting! For a small little dog that has a hard time with the crunchy treats I may try any in the list that say soft and chewy. Some of them might be a bit large so you could consider cutting each of those treats in half or in quarters so the pieces that he/she eats are small and harder to get stuck in the throat. Single ingredient treats are best for those with delicate digestive systems. Using single ingredient treats will enable you to determine if there is a certain protein source that tends to upset the stomach. Liver can be a bit rich for some, so too much of it could cause loose stools. Quite often chicken breast or lean beef is recommended for dogs with an upset tummy so you might want to give the chicken or beef treat options a try.

  2. Looks like a lot of time and research has gone into this post. I’ll be saving this post to share with my friends who have dogs. It makes sense to be aware of how many treats one’s dog is having and adjust for meal time. I hadn’t thought about this aspect. Thanks for putting all of this together and sharing with the world :).

    • Hi Kathleen, yeah, their treats count just like ours do 🙂 Since a dog’s body weight is so much less than ours it’s even easier for them to become overweight. I’m glad you enjoyed the information 🙂

  3. Brandon

    Thanks for this comprehensive list, Lynne.

    I’m leaning towards getting my dog some Chicken Liver Freeze-Dried Dog Treats for the simple reason that I know everything in it and there’s no hidden ingredients. The price seems to be right to so that’s definitely a plus.

    Next up will be Nutro Crunchy Treats, just because they have many different flavors 🙂

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Brandon, I love single ingredient dog treats. Just one ingredient, nothing hidden and nothing weird in there. I can vouch for my dog that she absolutely loves the liver treats as well as the Nutro crunchy treats! Thanks for visiting!

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