Puppies have short attention spans, so something that they can gobble up quickly would be good. Something very small and soft. You can get a bigger treat and just cut it down to size. I use either Charlie Bears, Natural Balance Food Rolls, or hotdogs.
I use the bil-jac liver treats and Pounce brand cat treats for cats... Yes i know it's cat treats but they're perfect, they're small and soft, they have a reallly strong smell, and the dogs will do practically anything for them.
When training DOuG, I used to give her pieces of dog food that were different from the food I fed her for meals, or pieces of air-popped popcorn so that I could reward her quite a few times. Now I use a ball, stick, or anything else I can throw that will fit in her mouth. Although I don't know if that method would work so well if she weren't a golden retriever
The trainer told me to use any treat I want, something he paticulary likes.. put it in a plastic bag and take a hammer to it. Dogs will work for tiny tiny pieces of food. Anything bigger than a pea is too big she said. The puppy popcorn is good because it doesn't expand in their stomach like milkbones and beggin strips.
With Yuki (our 3 month old Toy Poodle) we bought just about every little puppy treat we could find and he wouldn't take anything. I read on here (I believe it was Minn who said it) that cat treats work well, because they're so small and smelly. Worked like a charm...I bought 2 different cans of cat treats..they're tiny, smelly, and flakey, so they work purrrrrrfectly :o)
cut -up natural balance rolls...it's to dogs what heroin is to humans.
just to add the type of treat is really only impotant for nutrition, but as far as what is good for training it is extremely important the dog is hungry. a dog that is not hungry will not be as interested as a hungry dog will.
***Edited By: gunny on 5/18/2005 10:01:47 PM*** Reason: x
I have had Cody to Puppy classes and then to Basic classes and as a "low level" treat I used Cherrios! Cody loves them, these we use for easier tricks and for harder tricks we use a "High Level" treat such as liver treats, or something that is really smelly. I also have used those small baby carrots. I am pretty lucky, Cody will work almost for nothing, he loves doing tricks and he enjoys the treats but they don't have to be fancy. I carry a bag of cherrios at all times, how cheap is that! You should know though, I do spend a lot and buy the real thing, not an off brand! lol Good luck and have fun with your puppy!