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Teeny Training Tasties: 10 Dog Treats That Do the Trick

Aug 21 2012 - 4:00am

When it comes to dog-obedience training, many experts encourage a healthful dose of positive reinforcement, and there's no better way of getting your pup to sit and stay (and rewarding him for a job well done) than with treats! Because these yummies are intended to grab and hold your pooch's attention, they should be something delicious and out of the ordinary [1] so he doesn't lose interest. And since he could probably do without the extra calories [2], it's best to keep training treats on the tiny side, since you'll probably go through a lot of them! While homemade liver treats are noteworthy nibbles, here are store-bought varieties that are tasty enough to get the job done.

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Blue Buffalo Blue Bits

These tiny heart-shaped treats [4] ($7, originally $9) contain flaxseed and salmon oil to boost omega-3 fatty acids and DHA.

Cloud Star Chewy Tricky Trainers

If your pup is a cheese fiend, then he'll sit up and listen to these cheddar-flavored nibbles [5] ($5 for five ounces).

Dr. Harvey's Sweet Potate'r Fries

Pups with a sweet tooth will love these 100 percent sweet potato strips [6] ($18).

Max and Ruffy's The Kelp Highway Mini Bites

Believe it or not, but my carnivorous pooch jumps through hoops for these kelp and butternut squash bites [7] ($17 for three packages).

Merrick Lamb Training Treats

It will be tough for your dog to take a deep breath as he inhales these training treats made from tasty lamb lung [8] ($8, originally $10, for five ounces).

Old Mother Hubbard Mother's Solutions 5 Calorie Treats

Dogs on a diet will appreciate this low-calorie option [9] ($7, originally $9) made from chicken, liver, and molasses (or at least pet parents will!).

Wellness Pure Rewards Beef Jerky Bits

Beef jerky treats [10] ($10) will command their attention . . . if they're not too busy chewing!

Zuke's Mini Naturals Peanut Butter Treats

Training lessons will be so much stickier with peanut butter nuggets [11] ($11 for one pound).

Pure Bites Freeze Dried Trail Mix

Made of beef liver, sweet potato, and green beans, these freeze dried treats [12] ($5 for 1.55 ounces) are perfect for a pup on the go!

Foxy Treats in Lavender and Mint

Pups who need a chill pill (and a breath mint) can nosh on these crisps [13] ($15) made of lavender, mint, and tasty sweet-potato puree.

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