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Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:10 pm

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if raw can be used for training treats? Hot Dogs and Pet Botanics are currently the highest value stuff I have but I'd like something higher for more demanding situations. And Dakota goes nuts over his raw meaty knuckles he gets so it got me thinking.
What would be okay to use for treats (this wouldn't be frequent, I want to have a very high value treat for those rare occasions.)? Raw beef hearts, beef liver, etc?
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Adrianne » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:37 pm

if you want to handle them.. sure.. lol


have you tried dried liver?
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:39 pm

Nope... for some reason that never occurred to me. lol I'll look into it too.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Adrianne » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:44 pm

sometimes the easiest slip right past us lol The white bucket stuff at petsmart is supposedly pretty great, I have a trainer at my work who loves it for her more stubborn clients.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:46 pm

Sounds like a great way to end up with Salmonella or E-coli to me.

Raw belongs in the food dish, not in the pocket.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:51 pm

I always clean my hands thoroughly after training. Hot dog slime put me in the habit. :tongue:
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:22 am

Celesteandthebullies wrote:I always clean my hands thoroughly after training. Hot dog slime put me in the habit. :tongue:


Yes, but do you touch the equiptment, hold leashes for other owners, touch your clothes, or anything else? If so, you run the risk of catching, sharing or spreading disease. This is not smart, nor is it fair to anyone else who trains with you, or if you train at home, shares your home with you.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby 1lila1 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:56 am

Yeah, I would not use raw when training. I'm not obsessed with germs and salmonella but that's pushing it. I use hot dogs or commercial dog treats. I use the dried liver occasionally but I think if you use it all the time that ends up being way too much liver. They do love it though.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Amie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:02 am

Stella & Chewy's makes a great raw-alternative treat - freeze dried dinners: crumbles well, several flavors, and every dog I've met goes crazy for it. We use it at the school where I teach in training classes, and most of the time owners leave class and immediately buy a bag for themselves.


http://www.stellaandchewys.com/dog-products.php
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby kagnew » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:37 am

There are several freeze-dried treats available out there. Google around - you can make your own as well, baking liver at low heat until it dries, then freeze it.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:37 am

Thank you :)
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby MissKitty » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:20 pm

I use Freshpet Vital Dog Food, it is a refrigerated roll that I cute into tiny cubes. Apollo would spit out a hotdog for the stuff.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby jamielvsaustin » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:41 pm

kagnew wrote:There are several freeze-dried treats available out there. Google around - you can make your own as well, baking liver at low heat until it dries, then freeze it.

I hear this is stinky stinky stinky....but more power to ya if you want to do it :)
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby 1lila1 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:03 pm

MissKitty wrote:I use Freshpet Vital Dog Food, it is a refrigerated roll that I cute into tiny cubes. Apollo would spit out a hotdog for the stuff.


I've seen those in the grocery store. I'll sometimes use the Natural Balance rolls cut up into small pieces. Goona have to try this though. Are they hard like the NB ones? I figured they'd be too squishy to cut up as treats.
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Re: Raw For Training Treats?

Postby Team Peanut » Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:51 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote:Sounds like a great way to end up with Salmonella or E-coli to me.

Raw belongs in the food dish, not in the pocket.



excatly :) i use either stella and chewys carnivore crunch or primal nibs..or jsut plain orijen kibble. raw is just for meals here
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