“ Brand: Pedigree / Food Type: Dog Food „
We got our dog Gonzo two years ago as a puppy and looked at all sorts of treats to help him with the beginners training. These cheese and meat flavoured titbits are about 1cm in length and very soft so perfect for both puppies and dogs (although please note guidelines state they are only suitable for dogs over 3kg in weight).
When we first started training him for commands such as sit, stay, lay down, play dead etc, these were ideal as they were small and low in calories unlike some competitors. Not only that but with 100g in each packet (I would estimate approximately 50 - 75 treats) they are great for carrying around on regular walks and can be easily slipped into your pocket for rewards en route as well. We found ours in our local pet stores and supermarkets and are usually only priced around £1.00 a packet which is a really good price.
There isn't an overpowering smell to them yet our dog seems to be able to hunt them out from the other room. We were told by a 'proper' puppy trainer that our Jack Russell x West Highland Terrier needed extra 'mental' stimulation as well as physical, and suggested hide and seek. We still place this with him daily and it's a great way of exhausting your dog mentally as well. Get your dog to lay or sit in the middle of a room and to stay whilst hiding treats, to start with in the same room. Once your dog has found all of the treats, make a fuss of him so he knows he has finished. This is a double reward system. Once he gets even better, hide in other rooms and also pretend to put them in places in his eye view so he has to think even harder. The reason I mention this is because these treats are absolutely perfect. They are small enough to hide to make it tricky, but also easy enough to see so the human can find them if the dog doesn't! They don't stain or leave any residue or smell either so fantastic.
Having acquired our new puppy, Max, we have embarked on the training routine with gusto. Not really knowing the best thing to use for training treats we brought lots of different things and have found these to be one of the best "shop brought" treats for Max.
I have different treats for different aspects of his training, and these are used for telling him he is a good boy when he uses the garden for toileting in.
They are basically very small tidbits, flavoured with cheese and meat which is an attractive smell to dogs - (each to their own I say). However they are not overly smelly to me in comparison to some of the other dog treats out there and for this reason I do not use them for training him to "come" or anything else that requires him to be giving me his full attention. For those instances I use cut up pieces of chicken or sausage or whatever I have that is really smelly, as this really gets him going and learns to do what I am asking of him that bit faster.
These treats are however, great for praising good behavior. With a dog of Max's size - Golden Retriever - he is allowed to have up to 75 pieces a day from this bag but I really only give him about 10-15 as this is all that is required from them. At 2 calories per treat they are not too bad on his waist line either.
They would be good to use as treats when you go out as well, as they are quite dry and you could easily carry a few in your pocket without ending up attracting all the dogs in the neighbour hood.
They are nice and soft and easy on puppy's teeth, which is good as well.
Negative - slightly on the pricey side if you were intending on using them for every aspect of puppy training but otherwise well worth it for my needs.
Pedigree Training Treats are available in meat and cheese flavour.
They're a handy little treat, quite small in size so great to have in your hand if you're trying to persuade a dog to do a trick.
We found them a brilliant incentive for our border collie when it came to training.
The packaging is the usual Pedigree yellow packet, however the sticky tab for resealing isn't the best, not unless you have the time to stand and fold the top of the packet down and hold it until you can press the tab down firmly and hold it for about 10 minutes. I often found the contents of the pack loose in my pocket more often than not.
The treats do have a 'bit of a smell' but it's not anything too pungent, but be warned the dog will smell them a mile off! Ours would go daft if he could smell them if they had been in your jacket pocket.
Soft, chewy low-calories dog treats.