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The best dog training treats

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Mika, Staff Writer

Friday, 28 May 2021

Training your dog isn’t always easy. Some pups need that extra bit of motivation to encourage them to perform, and this is where treats are a tempting option.

Commercial dog treats are convenient, but the costs can quickly add up. Aside from the costs, commercial dog treats aren’t always the best for your dog’s health either. Luckily, there are lots of healthy dog training treats that you probably already have in your kitchen.

These treats are easy to take along to your dog training classes or to use with your dog trainer. Your canine companion is sure to love them, and their body will thank you too.

Here are our top five healthy dog training treats. 

1. Green peas

Green peas make great dog training treats. They’re packed full of vitamins and minerals as well as being rich in protein and high in fibre. Whether you opt for fresh or frozen, green peas are an excellent treat for dog training, as well as being convenient to take along to your dog training classes. Just be sure to avoid canned peas which may have added sodium.

2. Carrots

Carrots are a fantastic low-calorie treat for your dog, which are high in both fibre and beta-carotene. Not only that but crunching on a carrot is great for your dog’s teeth. If you have a larger dog, you can opt for baby carrots to save having to chop the carrots up. Simply grab a handful of baby carrots to take along next time you meet with your dog trainer.

3. Green beans

Green beans are packed full of important vitamins and minerals, as well as being appealing to every dog. They’re also full of fibre and low in calories, making them the ideal healthy treats for dog training. If your dog enjoys ice cubes, you can also freeze your green beans (or buy them frozen) to make them even more enticing.

4. Apple

Whilst we can’t guarantee that an apple a day will keep the vet away, apples are a brilliant source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre. After carefully removing the core and seeds (these can be toxic to dogs), cut the apple into small cubes. You can then take this along to your dog training classes as the perfect healthy treat for dog training.

5. Blueberries

You may already know that blueberries are a superfood for humans, but did you know they’re also fantastic for your pooch? Blueberries are full of antioxidants that help to prevent cell damage in your canine companion, as well as being high in fibre and phytochemicals. This makes blueberries the perfect treat to take along when you next meet your dog trainer.

To sum up

Treats are a great way to encourage your dog to learn new skills. However, many commercial dog treats are high in calories and preservatives, meaning that they should only be used in small quantities. By opting for fruit and vegetable treats for dog training, you can be sure that your pooch is benefiting from extra vitamins and minerals whilst they’re enjoying their healthy treats. 

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