9 of the BEST Dog & Puppy Training Treats | Natural Healthy Dog Treats


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. Despite cutting back on mealtime food, I 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 current treats; I looked around at others as well. I wanted to take a look at what wholesome, natural, USA made treats are available and compare ingredients and calorie content.

Here are 9 of the best dog training treats for you to give your dog or puppy!


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 can 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 about giving them.


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 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!


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. Made only from lamb liver, you can be sure your dog will go bonkers for these!


Freeze-Dried Raw Carnivore Crunch

Carnivore Crunch by Stella & Chewy’s comes in four tasty 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.


Blue Dog Bakery Perfect Trainers

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 by-products; 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

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.


Fruitables Skinny Minis

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.


Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Bits

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 Crunchy Treats

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.



Maui and Emma both enjoy many of the treats listed above. It’s so much fun seeing the joy and excitement in their eyes when they know it’s training and treat time. It’s also great for me because I know they’re getting healthy wholesome snacks that are high in nutrients and low in calories.


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  • Abbee says:

    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 says:

      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.

  • Kathleen says:

    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 :).

    • Lynne says:

      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 🙂

  • Brandon says:

    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!

    • Lynne says:

      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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