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Good treats need to be healthy, affordable and lip licking good !

Taste is essential as your dog needs to be excited by the idea of the treat, health is paramount since you obviously don’t want to feed him to death and cost is crucial if you are a serious owner wanting to teach your dog as many things as possible.

Indeed, if you’ve scrolled through our training category you know that treats are the best tool to teach your dog anything. But here is a quick guide on how to use them if you don’t have time to read our training category.

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When and how should I use treats ?

Dogs love food, and your Catahoula is no exception, so the lure of a treat will convince them to do anything you want.

The best is to use low value and high value treats.
Low value treats will be used to get your dog somewhere you want.
For example, if you are teaching him how to fetch the mail, you have a lot of different steps to teach, give him low-value treats until he’s at the last step.
Then, once he understands the command, you can give him higher perceived value treats.
This ensures he remembers the command 100%, makes you save money and makes your dog happier.

Varying treats is also useful to make your catahoula always interested in training.

Now let’s get into the heart of the matter, how did we pick the best high and low value treats for your dog ?

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Top Dog Treats Must-Have Characteristics

The main characteristics you should always look for in dog treats for training are:

  • Small sized – The treats should be small, but not tiny, so your dog can eat them quick enough so that he doesn’t become distracted from training (a bone would not work for example)
    Small size treats will also avoid your dog turning into a hippo.
  • Healthy – Treats doesn’t mean they should be unhealthy. Quite on the contrary, you can use treats to supplement your dog’s diet with added health benefits.
    Plus, unlike humans, dogs are delighted to eat healthy. Avoid everything that is artificial and dry kibble, as it has been linked to gastric torsion.
  • Affordable – Quality has a price, but it doesn’t mean you have to get ripped off. We selected very good companies that are concerned about your pet’s health by selling high quality products at a fair price.
  • Delicious – Obviously !

Now, let’s get into the heart of the matter:

Best Low Value Treats

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Halo - Spot's Stew

Blue Buffalo - High Protein Dog Food
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Rachael Ray - Natural Dry Dog Food
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Wellness - CORE Natural
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Pros
  • No rendered meats
  • No inferior by-products
  • Highly Digestable
  • Grain Free
  • Great Natural Ingredients
  • Added vitamins
  • Grain Free
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Affordable
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Added vitamins & minerals
  • Perfect treat size
  • Affordable
  • Lots of good stuff added
  • Grain Free
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Made in the USA
  • Cons
  • Not organic
  • Not Organic
  • Unknown ingredients
  • Not Organic
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Not organic
  • Expensive
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    Best High Value Treats

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    Rocco & Roxie - Liver Treats

    The Zuke’s - Mini Naturals Treats
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    Blue Buffalo - Blue Bits
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    Wellness - Wellbites
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  • No Fillers
  • No preservatives
  • High Protein
  • Grain Free
  • Super healthy
  • Natural ingredients
  • Made in the USA
  • Wheat, corn and soy free
  • Ziplo bag for freshness
  • Natural ingredients
  • Made in the USA
  • Variety pack
  • Natural ingredients
  • Made in the USA
  • Soft treats
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Cons
  • Can give gas
  • Hard pieces
  • Dries quickly
  • Strong odor
  • Dries quickly
  • Medium size
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    Voilà ! Hopefully, our testing process helped you choose the best treat for your dog.
    Now, don’t forget to feed him a little less of his regular food to avoid him getting fat.

    We also recommend using a dog treat pouch, trust me, crumbs and meat odors in pockets are not pleasant !

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    The Tuff Mutt treat pouch has everything you need, even a built in bag dispenser !
    You can use it for treats but also toys and to keep your valuables with you when you go for a run with your dog for example.
    It’s better than every other pouch because of it’s zippered pockets, attachment and tidy system.
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