Can anyone tell me what treats are actually healthy for a puppy. She is a 4 month old GIANT SCHNAUZER.I work with her about 1/2 hour a day. The treats i have been using is beef flavored WAGWELLS but i find that it has been loosining her stool.The last few days i have just been giving a lot of praise. She is very smart and is very well behaved. ????? Should i consider a treat or just go with the praise?????
Alternate the treats and the praise. How big are the treats you give? When we give our dogs treats for training, they are *tiny* so there's no way it will interfere with their diets. I mean, if I'm using soft pieces of liver, or kippered beefsteak or whatever, I cut it into pieces that are about 1/4 inch.
Now that you mention it, i am thinking the treats i give her could be broken up into 4 pieces. I have been giving anywhere from 4 to 6 treats in a 1/2 hour which is probebly interfearing with her diet.I am also sure that what i am giving her is not that good for her to begin with.What kind of liver do you give your dog?
ok here is a suggestion that you may or may not like. the girls i work with all use these for treats and i tried them out for the first time last night and my dog went nuts for them. take a hotdog and quarter it lengthwise. then cut the quarters into smaller pieces. then what you do is put them in the microwave and nuke them until all the moisture is gone and they are dried up. microwaves vary and it could take as much as 7 minutes for 3 hotdogs cut up like this. after a few minutes stop the microwave and move the pieces around so they get cooked evenly. now alot of us cannot seem to get it done without burning the hotdog pieces black. but i'll tell you my dog could care less if they were burnt. she is not very food motivated and this worked like a charm. the reason they do it it because they can put a bunch of these treats in their mouths as they run the agility course so they are not always fumbling around for a treat in their pockets. i don't put them in my mouth but it makes sense if you need your hands free. good luck.
I will try hotdogs. I am sure hotdogs are still better for her than the beef flavored treats that i have been given her. How about the freeze dried liver treats you see in pet stores.They are kind of pricey, there is a company called PRO TREATS that sells it by the bag or canister. Have you ever heard of it?
i have used the freeze dried liver treats also. my dog loves them. usually when you are training and giving treats you want the treats to be small pieces that don't take them awhile to chew up. with the liver treats they come sometimes in big pieces and when you break them into tiny pieces they tend to crumble. the microwaved hotdogs don't crumble and by removing the moisture you don't need to refridgerate them and they last for a long time. i gave a few of these dried hotdogs to another dog at the bus stop today and he went bananas for them. i never saw him listen so well.