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  • Training treats for sensitive tummy?

    We're taking a training class and so I've been working with my dog A LOT. Originally I was just using kibble for rewards but that's losing its appeal.

    So I went to the grocery store and picked up the stinkiest treats - Snausages. Then I cut them lengthwise in half, then "minced" them - essentially making about 14 treats out of one snausage. Done for the sole purpose of not giving her a butt-load (no pun intended) of crappy (again, no pun intended) treats.

    Well, it clearly does not agree with my dog. Besides the gagging stench in my house that makes you wonder if you're going to step in a steaming pile of crap in the hallway, last night she was having diarrhea and vomiting.

    Can anyone recommend a mild-to-the-tummy treat that still is appealing to smell and taste? And for my nose's sake, one that doesn't make you throw up in your mouth when you come in the house?

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    I use these: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/produc...es/999300.aspx

    They only have a couple of ingredients, so there's not a whole lot to react to, they're very meaty and appealing, and the individual treats are small and thin, so they're suitable for training work.
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
    -Edward Hoagland

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    • #3
      Cooked chicken breast is great - and it's easy enough to just cook an extra one (plain) for the dog.

      These are a favorite: http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fu...roduct_ID=1061
      They're a bit greasy and they really smell like fish, but the dogs love them!

      Personally, I pretty much always buy treats, but I do try to stick with the grain free, meat based ones - they cost more, but the ingredients in the cheap treats are pretty bad - it's all corn syrup and grain and byproducts.

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      • #4
        I use either hot dogs or string cheese. Neither is bad for holding in your mouth

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          Thought about string cheese as I have a 3 year old daughter but I tried a piece of american (ripped up into like 50 treats) and her butt blew up.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vtdobes View Post
            I use either hot dogs or string cheese. Neither is bad for holding in your mouth
            Both of these are bad for sensitive stomaches. Especially cheese will guarantee the runs for a sensitive stomach.

            I use mostly freeze dried meats. Chicken breast, lung, liver, salmon etc. To reduce costs, I save the best stuff for classes (tripe is a favorite) and use healthy biscuit/cooked treats for home, such as http://www.evangersdogfood.com/dog/treats.html

            Anything formed into a shape to resemble real food (pupperoni, snausages, etc.) is nasty processed crap that is unhealthy, causes a reaction for sensitive stomachs, and isn't nearly as appealing as more natural stuff. The fewer the ingredients the better, and meat should always be the first ingredient.
            .

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            • #7
              I use these: http://www.ziwipeak.com/nzl/treatsfamily.shtml

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              • #8
                boil up some chicken, shred it coarsely, salt it lightly and then spread on a cookie sheet with some parchment paper, bake for 20 minutes at low.Makes a flexible, crunchy treat that most dogs tolerate well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
                  Both of these are bad for sensitive stomaches. Especially cheese will guarantee the runs for a sensitive stomach.
                  Well I guess mine don't have sensitive stomachs! There are very few training treats that I'll put in my mouth

                  I also used freeze dried chicken & beef livers (they don't go in my mouth...blech).

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                  • #10
                    what is the primary meat source in her kibble? I'd buy some cheap cut of that, cook it, and chop it into tiny bits.

                    Or do they sell the Dog Joy treats in your area? many grocery stores and pet stores have them around here, in the refrigerator- simple healthy ingredients, nice texture, easy to chop up into many tiny pieces, dogs seem to go nuts for them.
                    Another easy is the Natural Balance dog food rolls chopped up into tiny pieces (if she'll tolerate them)- dogs go nuts for them.

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                    • #11
                      Canned salmon? But the oils.... uh oh!

                      Marshmallows? Seriously! I know several performance folks who use em -the mini ones. They show up on dark floors, don't stain your pockets, you can hold em in your mouth without gagging My dogs love em but I found the stickiness annoying. No protein there to cause GI issues..? and it's only $1/bag so a cheap experiment...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wendy View Post
                        Another easy is the Natural Balance dog food rolls chopped up into tiny pieces (if she'll tolerate them)- dogs go nuts for them.
                        Hey Wendy! Any tricks for getting those NB rolls to not crumble after chopping them up? I fridge the roll after opening, but the little pieces crumble into dust. Then I'm trying to mash together/roll up the little crumbs that have disintergrated in pocket with my fingers while pup stares at me tapping his foot impatiently: I just did the Aframe. Where's my treat, lady?!

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                        • #13
                          Some ideas:

                          use her kibble.

                          Charlie Bear treats- http://www.charleebear.com/index.php (petsmart, petco). I like these a lot because they are low cal/low fat, they are dry and don't melt in your hand or your pocket and a lot come in a bag.

                          Vitacraft yogurt or peanut butter treats for dogs. These are tasty but they do tend to melt.
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                          • #14
                            I use these from Wellness. They're easy to find in just about any pet store and have different formulations - one flavor might work better for you than another. I use the Turkey & Duck flavor: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/produ...id=82&dm=snack

                            They're a soft wafer about an inch square, very easy to cut into smaller pieces. And while the treats are quite stinky, I haven't smelled noxious gas or had any diarrhea *knocks on wood*

                            ETA: They also make a grain-free, limited ingrediant version. Here's the turkey flavor info: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/produ...id=74&dm=snack

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                            • #15
                              For my mini aussie, I mostly use some treats I got at Petco called Little Stars. They are mostly sweet potato and are very small. So I don't feel bad using them for training. I have to admit that for off lead heeling I use a begging strip dog treat for two reasons: one it is long enough that I don't have to bend over so far, and my dog is interested enough in the strong smell to stay with me and not stray off to check out dogs in ovedience class.

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                              • #16
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                                Originally Posted by wendy
                                Another easy is the Natural Balance dog food rolls chopped up into tiny pieces (if she'll tolerate them)- dogs go nuts for them.

                                Hey Wendy! Any tricks for getting those NB rolls to not crumble after chopping them up? I fridge the roll after opening, but the little pieces crumble into dust. Then I'm trying to mash together/roll up the little crumbs that have disintergrated in pocket with my fingers while pup stares at me tapping his foot impatiently: I just did the Aframe. Where's my treat, lady?!
                                sorry, no, haven't solved that problem. I mostly use the Dog Joy treats these days- they don't crumble, very nice soft but holds together texture. Actually I mostly use cooked liver and beef, neither of which crumble. Chicken can get messy. And have you ever put liverwurst in your pocket then forgotten it was there and leaned against a wall?

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                                • #17
                                  Get a package of the dried chicken strips and cut them with scissors into small pieces.
                                  I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Guin View Post
                                    Get a package of the dried chicken strips and cut them with scissors into small pieces.
                                    I've used the dried chicken stuff and liked it, but has anyone seen this notification from the FDA?

                                    Since I tend toward weird, off the wall, unusual issues with my animals, I have been avoiding the chicken stuff since I saw that :-/

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                                    • #19
                                      Dog has a very sensitive stomach. These are awesome: http://www.amazon.com/Plato-Dog-Trea...1361136&sr=8-1

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