What type of treats can you give an 11 week old puppy when training?

other than puppy treats that you can purchase what type of food around the house can I use as a treat at her age? eg Cherios,little bits of cheese, small pieces of chicken etc... (remember that shes only 11 weeks!)

Asked by Lyric on Sep 22nd 2008 Tagged puppy, weeks, treats, training in Behavior & Training
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If your puppy is very food motivated, using food rewards is the best way to go. Two things to remember with any kind of food:

One, the treats need to be TINY TINY TINY. A reward should be just enough to give the dog a taste and keep him wanting more. Think, smaller than half the size of your pinky fingernail!

Two, the treats need to be calculated into your dog's daily caloric intake. Meaning, on days you train, you feed less because the treats make up the difference. Otherwise, your dog is going to get fat.

Good treats are teeny bits of hot dog, string cheese, bits of cooked (but not seasoned!) chicken or beef, things like that. Most commercial dog training treats are WAY too big to actually use them in training, and contain all sorts of byproducts, fillers, and other nastiness.

If your pup is motivated by praise or a reward toy or tug, you can use those instead of treats for the same effect.

Abby answered on Sep 22nd.

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Gray Dawn Treader

Chicken, cream cheese, peanut butter, even some types of fruit (AVOID GRAPES AND RAISINS!!!).
A reward doesn't necessarily have to be food either. You can use other things, like belly rubs, playtime, etc, whatever makes her tic.
Have fun!

Gray Dawn Treader answered on 9/22/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


At that age the puppys prefer your affection and approuval over any treats you can give her.huge her and kiss her .you just have to act overhappy(even if you look silly)to show her how happy you are of her.And if you use her to get treats to eat she will not understand it when you will stop to give it to her every time she do something good.Affection and approuval is always the best answer.

Member 726898 answered on 9/22/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


When I was in training class, the teacher had us use hot dogs cut up and/or cheese.

Precious answered on 9/22/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer