Which healthy treats are best for training?


What healthy treats do you recommend for training purposes?


Hi, Barb!

There are so many wonderful, healthy treats on the market today! The best treats for training purposes tend to be small, soft, and rather stinky as smell is the number one motivating factor for a dog when they’re deciding if they want to put something in their mouth. Even the smallest training treats can be cut to make them smaller – ideally about the size of a pencil eraser. Fruitables Skinny Minis, Cloud Star’s “Tricky Trainers” or “Wag More, Bark Less” treats, Zuke’s Mini Naturals, Plato’s Small Bites, and the Wellness soft Petit Treats are just some of the many options in the “soft and stinky” category that can also qualify as healthy options.

In an ideal world, you’d have four or five different options in your training pouch at any one time so they can’t predict what they’re getting next. Predictability isn’t exciting or motivating for most dogs, so grab a couple of brands and some different flavor options and (most important) have fun! Stop by your local Chuck & Don’s and chat with an associate about all of the options and flavors available.