When getting my little puppy last October, I had about a week to get prepared from deciding we would have him, to bringing him home. At the time, I got myself on amazon armed with some gift vouchers to get what supplies I thought I would need.
One of the things I purchased was a clicker and some treats for puppy training, as I know from past experience that the best way to get a dog motivated to do something is with something tasty.
I saw coachies treats, and they looked ideal as they are only a small treat. I thought I would try them at least, and at about £3.50 for a 250g tub, they were not breaking the bank.
The coachies are cereal based biscuits that are heart shaped. They serve no other purpose than being a tasty little snack that your pet will enjoy, and my dog will do pretty much anything for one of these. I just went and got the pot out of the cupboard to write this review, and he was asleep on the back of the settee, but he noticed and got down and went and got in his crate, which is the task he does most frequently for me for a reward.
My dog has not been the easiest to train, with only being a little Chihuahua, he needs frequent repetition and a lot of encouragement to get him to learn some basic commands, but through using these little 1 calorie bite sized treats, he has learnt to come to me, go into his crate, and go outside to the toilet.
A 250g tub is a lot of treats, as each one is about 0.35g, and is a pretty uniform looking shape. They are all like little lovehearts.They are a bit rough looking in texture, and have a slightly meaty scent, which is not that appealing to me, but Murphy seems to find them really enjoyable.
I was worried he might get a little bored as they are just all chicken flavoured, but I find that this does not bother him, and he is always eager to get some of these.
I have found an additional use to them, in that they are small enough to fit inside the hole in his Kong toy. I tend to put a few in with a bit of cheese spread and he is kept busy for ages getting it all out.
The treats are small enough to put in a sandwich bag in my pocket when we are out and about. At first he was very reluctant to walk for me on his harness, but a few of these and a favourite toy to chase, and we soon got the hang of that one.
I have noticed since buying these in a plastic tub from amazon that my local pet shop sells a smaller quantity of these in a little plastic bag for about £1. I think it is definitely worth getting some of these for puppy training. They have made it an easier process for us, and I will continue to use them while I am reinforcing the behaviour I want with my puppy.
Eddie the dog will do anything for a treat and one of his favourites are Coachies from The Company of Animals. We are training Eddie at the moment. We are doing the basics such as sit, down, paw etc but we are also taking him to training classes with other dogs in a big field so we need a high value, good quality treat that he wants to obey for. These in my opinion are the perfect treat for that and have been working really well for us. They have also been a big hit with the other dogs in the class too so I'm sure there's something about them that really attracts the dogs.
These treats are made from poultry, beef and liver and are specially formulated for training. It actually says on the side of the tub that they are intended for supplementary feeding only and should be given to your dog as a treat during training sessions so straight away you know what these are intended for and know how to use them.
The treats are small handy bite-siz morsels which are perfect in my opinion for training. They are easy for Eddie to eat and quick to give him. Unlike bigger treats he is not taking forever to chew these, he basically just wolfs them down in one bite. They are easy for me to handle too, I just have a whole pile of them in my pocket and can access them quickly and find them easy to handle.
The treats are different colours, red, light brown and dark brown, no I have not tried them so I cannot say what they taste like but I think these might denote different tastes. The ingredients of these treats are listed as chicken, turkey, duck, beef and chicken liver so you can see that they are made with good ingredients. There is also blood in them for colouring, maize, molasses and lupin flour. I think they definitely smell good as it is the smell that really attracts Eddie to them as he can smell them in my pocket and goes wild for them. What I like about these treats too is that they are heart shaped that I think is cute!
The treats come in a handy plastic tub so they are easy to take out with you if you want to in the tub and treat your dog from there. A 300 gram tub will cost you £4.49
As a dog trainer in training I am constantly looking for the ideal, healthy motivator for my charges. Recently I have settled on chopped up sausage and cheese to tempt my canine students into good behaviour.
Yesterday I had a client to see quite some distance from where I live and being a spanner and leaving in a rush and a flap I managed to leave my entire training kit at home, complete with lovely tempting yummy sausage and cheese. (the poor dog missed out there!)
As a result of this, at 1430 on a sunday afternoon pets at home was pretty much my only choice.... and I knew it was going to be an expensive one at that!
Browsing the shelves I found a tub of "coachies" training treats flavoured with chicken, beef and liver. They were in a plastic 300g tub with a very sturdy plastic lid. I was concerned that the container wouldn't stand up to the rigours of training and clumsy me would drop and crack the plastic on
the pot. I have also been guarded previously regarding the use of ready made shaped treats as they just dont seem to have the smell or texture or be "high value" enough to motivate the dog to the level required for recall training and heel work etc. However running short of time and unable to find a small enough "fresh" treat, I settled on these.
Outside my clients house I emptied a good quantity of these into my pocket (usually i'd use a treat bag but this was at home, complete with treats, so a pocket it would have to be.) the shapes within the pot varied between hearts, circles, triangles and what I can only assume were stars... the colours were pale which was good to see as it meant that additives were at a minimum although the pot did declare the rather tasty addition of "blood" as a colourant :o/
I noticed immediately that the treats held a fantastically strong meaty smell, just what you want to capture a dogs interest when training heelwork, after all what motivation will woofbark have to stick with you when there is much more smelly and exciting rabbit trails/fox poo to investigate!
Walking into the house I took a seat and the smell was obviously quite pungent as the little fellas nose was stuck to the outside of my pocket. A good thing as it gave me chance to see the wee mans dominiant behaviour and correct it, demonstrating to the owners how to do so in the process.
These were currying favour with me atleast! and now to see if they were a hit with DaveDog too!!
We took him out to the garden to try again with the clicker training and to use the treats as a reward. I can happily say the first few treats were gobbled up without a seconds hesitation. After this however the situation changed and the treats just didnt provide the same pull as fresh treats. He became disinterested in them and other motivational methods were utilised instead.
These treats hold only one calorie per treat so therefore there isn't much concern of pup becoming a fatty during some energetic training sessions and they are also GM free and free from gluten, wheat and artificial flavours so pretty much guaranteed not to set off an allergic reaction. Coachies are also available in "puppy" and when I have cause to use them i shall review them too.
Overall I will continue to use them and will more than likely buy them again. they were significant enough value for money to justify their purchase and worked well enough but I will intersperse them with fresh treats to keep the interest going with the dogs. I would recommend these as an occasional treat during training but will stick with more high value treats with my clients.
The cost from a pet store was £3.91 but vary between different pet stores and on line.
Semi-moist treats contain no artifical flavours or colours.