Top Rated Treats for Training


When you venture into a pet store or grocery store, chances are you will find that dog treats take up at least one aisle, if not several. It can be overwhelming trying to sift through all of the options to find treats that will both entice your dog to complete tasks and help you feel confident in your choices as a pet parent.

  1. Charlee Bear Turkey Liver and Cranberries
    These crunchy treats have minimum 18% crude protein and only 3 calories per treat. Treats are small and crunchy, making them ideal of training sessions. Cranberries provide antioxidants, while turkey provides the tempting scent and taste dogs crave. All of the ingredients are made in the U.S. For dogs that have allergies, be aware that these treats do contain wheat flour. Charlee Bear’s line includes several other flavors such as cheese and egg, liver, and chicken soup and garden veggie. The Bear Crunch line has the same flavor-filled crunch and are grain-free! You can try these in turkey, sweet potato, and cranberry; chicken, pumpkin, and apple; and bacon and blueberry flavors.
  2. Zuke’s Mini Naturals Roasted Chicken Recipe
    Small yet meaty, these treats are savory and tempting while not packing on the pounds. At minimum 10% crude protein and a little more than 3 calories per treat, you can use these treats without fearing your dog will excessively gain weight. Zuke’s treats are made in the U.S. and come in a variety of sizes, types, and flavors. The Mini Naturals come in duck, peanut butter, roasted pork, wild rabbit, and salmon in addition to the highly rated roasted chicken recipe. Try Zuke’s other meaty lines or the crunchy lines to provide variety to your dog’s training routine.
  3. Nutro Crunchy Treats with Real Mixed Berries
    Created with all natural dried berries and chicken meal, these treats have minimum 9.75% crude protein and 6 calories in each crunchy biscuit. They do not have wheat, corn, or artificial flavors. The Crunchy line comes in several flavors including apple, banana, carrots, pomegranate, and peanut butter. Nutro also has a Chewy line and grain-free options.
  4. Blue Buffalo Blue Bits Tasty Chicken
    Savory and chewy, these treats are easy on teething puppy teeth. Omega 3 fatty acids help support skin and coat health. They have minimum 9% crude protein, no corn or wheat, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Try the Blue Bits in chicken, beef, turkey, or salmon. For a crunchy option, you can choose between banana and peanut butter or blueberry and yogurt.
  5. Fruitables Crunchy Pumpkin and Apple
    Fruitables has a variety of treats from crunchy to chewy in many different flavors, making it easy to find a healthy and tasty treat for your pup. These in particular are under 9 calories per treat and have minimum 9% crude protein. They do not have wheat, corn, soy, or artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors. The Crunchy line includes crispy bacon apple, pumpkin blueberry, pumpkin banana, sweet potato apple, and pumpkin cranberry. Also check out the Chewy, Jerky, and Greek Yogurt Crunchers lines for more options.
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