In the early stages of training, I use small, single ingredient treats made from wholesome nutrients. I prefer to use these treats. My dog absolutely loves these treats as well. I usually break them into small pieces.
It can be difficult to find high quality and affordable dog treats. You might be surprised to find a handful of dog-friendly treats inside your own fridge. Blueberries, carrots, and frozen peas make excellent training treats, just to name a few.
Feed your dog human food with caution though, because many things you eat can poison your pup. Here is a list of foods you should never give your dog.
One of my favorite ways to reward dogs with food is by rationing their dinner. If you feed your pup commercial dog food, individual pieces of kibble are great treat alternatives. You won’t pay a penny more than what you’re already spending. Better yet, this encourages your dog to work for her meals, which is intellectually stimulating and great for her mental health.
I think it’s important to slowly wean off the treats when training and replace them with greater rewards: Touch, affection and love. You want your dog to listen because he wants to. Many dogs will only listen for treats. You can shape this behavior by switching up which rewards you use. Your dog will prefer touch over treats before you know it!