|Barked: Tue Dec 28, '10 7:18am PST |
|I get freeze dried beef liver and chop it up very small. That's all that is in the treat, just dried out liver. It is easy to give and doesn't make my hands sticky, and barely leaves a smell, easily washes off. It's made in the USA and is available in just about every decent pet supply store I've ever been in. Sorry, forget the brand name right now, but there are a few good manufacturers of the stuff.
I tried deydrating some beef liver on my own because it's not cheap to buy premade. Let's just say I couldn't eat in my house for days and had to wash every bit of fabric. Ugh. I'll only try that outdoors from now on.
The good old fashioned human grade all beef hotdogs do the trick, too. You can dehydrate them yourself, and get 100 or more training bits per hotdog. If you buy good quality ones with no additives (kosher), they're fairly healthy and not too expensive to use regularly if you're taking a lot of classes. Slice them up in thin circles and spread them out on a paper plate in the fridge to dry out some. Then dice them up even smaller, pinky nail or pencil eraser size was the guideline for my large dog. That trick helped me out a lot, too.
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