9 of the BEST Dog Training Treats for 2018 – Treats Your Dog will Wiggle for!
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.
Here are 9 of the best dog training treats for you!
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 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. Your dog will love these liver treats and you will feel great giving them to him.
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 you can feel comfortable with them if your dog is on a limited ingredient diet or has specific allergies. They are also made with wholesome, natural ingredients and are corn, wheat, and soy free so you don’t have to worry about what’s in them!
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. Made only from lamb liver, you can be sure your dog will go bonkers for these!
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 you can feel confident they are 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 so you don’t have to worry about overfeeding when you pamper your pup with a few of these.
You and your dog will love these soft and chewy little morsels that 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, so you can be assured your dog is getting no unnecessary ingredients or chemicals. Each treat contains only 3 kcal.
Blue Bits by Blue Buffalo come in soft and crunchy varieties. Your dog will love these soft bits that come in flavors of beef, chicken, salmon, and turkey and the crunchy treats that 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 by-product 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 your dogs’ healthy skin and coat.
These soft and chewy treats will tantalize your dog’s taste buds as they come in five intriguingly unique flavors including apple bacon; pumpkin and berry; grilled bison; watermelon; and rotisserie chicken. You can smile knowing that each recipe is free of wheat, corn, soy, gluten, and artificial flavors and colors. Each treat is 3.5 cal.
Another treat you can feel great about because they are made by Blue Buffalo. These Wild Bits are soft little treats made for your dog 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 by-product 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’s crunchy treats are sure to please you and your dog because they 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.