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    Soft food to be used as treats?

    I need something that will count as a balanced meal for the dogs. It needs to be soft, able to cut up into tiny pieces, not crumbly, and healthy for them.

    Mia's getting tubby and I'm pretty sure it's just from training. The paps are so small that feeding them treats of any kind can be a problem. I want them to have a nice balanced diet but want them to continue training. So we need some kind of healthy treat to use for most training.

    Been considering freeze dried raw cut up but it may be too crumbly? For nosework I can use kibble but agility I need something softer.
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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    How about some green beans soaked in some chicken or beef broth? Not a balanced meal ... but an alternative. I have been thinking about this too ... my dogs love to eat ... training or not! Lol!


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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    What about the Natural Balance food rolls (or similar)?

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Funny enough I have hardly used any treats at our nosework classes the last few week for any searches. We're still on food so the hides are bits of hot dog or cheez-wiz, he's in such drive during the search that he rarely pays any attention to the treats I'm offering and runs off to find the next hide (leaving a few bits of hot dog once or twice last night too).

    Don't really have any suggestions that come to mind other than using as tiny bits of treats as you can. Though a woman in my class has a lick stick type thing for occupying her dog when she's a bit stressed by stuff going on around her (bit of a reactive dog). I asked her about it last night and she said it's almost zero calories, kinda like a bouillon lick stick without the salt. Might be an option. Not sure if this is the same thing she had but has to be close.

    http://www.cabelas.com/dog-treats-ch...ty-stick.shtml

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    We use Zuke's mini naturals treats for training. They are soft and small. I cut them into fourths to get even more treats. They are soft but not messy.

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    For balanced, soft and healthy I'm thinking something like ziwi peak, either the food or the treats.

    ETA: I haven't tried them but Orijen is coming out with a new line of freeze dried and single ingredient treats. Might be something to look into.
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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    In another moment of 'Kylie and Mia remind me of each other'....

    I was just coming here to post this, because Kylie is getting tubby from training treats, and I think I'd prefer to use her meals for training. Kibble isn't going to cut it, since I'm now asking her to do things she's a bit uncomfortable with, like crawling or jumping through things. Her highest value treat is liver, but that's obviously not balanced.

    I also eyed freeze dried raw, but the crumble issue didn't really appeal to me either. I'm going to try ziwi.

    ETA: I ordered 2.2lbs of Ziwi Peaks, and this box o' samples. The box of samples may or may not work for Kylie, but the variety will certainly work with my other 'prone to being fat' dog, Bug, as well as Thud. Who will both suck up anything, as long as it's not the same food that shows up in their bowls.
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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Ziwi Peak would be perfect!

    Less expensive and you might be able to feed more of it would be plain meat. Chicken breast shreds almost as well as string cheese and pork loin is lean enough you don't get too messy. Both are fairly low in calories, you might be able to feed a couple ounces plus 2/3 of the usual food without unbalancing the basic diet.

    Natural Balance roll isn't a complete feed anymore. Could Fresh Pet Vitals be cut up like NB ?

    Or a dodge used for dogs on limited diets, take a firm type canned food, slice thin and bake.

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    ziwi peak for sure!!

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    All the Natural Balance rolls are a complete food, except for the duck and potato. I used to use them a lot, but not as a food because there is sugar in them.
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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    I use ziwipeak for treats...i use the regular dog food though. So its just air dried meat and not really soft. But u can make tiny pieces.
    I got a free sample and it works great for us. I have medium size dogs though.

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Quote Originally Posted by hamandeggs View Post
    What about the Natural Balance food rolls (or similar)?
    This is my go to training reward...gotta love NB "Dog Crack." LOL
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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    How is the Ziwipeak compared to THK? Summer hates THK and the ladies at the food store told me they thought that there was a good chance Summer wouldn't eat anything similar. She will eat the S&C and Instinct dehydrated though. There was a mini bag of the Ziwipeak that I came -thisclose- to buying last week but I was talked out of it. I will probably hit up the food store again friday to pick up some treats.

    I do want something pretty balanced because the treats are pretty much going to be most of their food intake for at least 2 nights a week and probably a meal a couple other days a week. We do use chicken, cheese, zukes, low fat hotdogs, other meats (lunchmeat, pulled pork, etc). I just feel like they're getting too much 'junk food'.
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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
    Natural Balance roll isn't a complete feed anymore.
    Maybe not the healthiest of health foods (it does have sugar), but it is a complete food (although not all life stages).

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurelin View Post
    How is the Ziwipeak compared to THK? Summer hates THK and the ladies at the food store told me they thought that there was a good chance Summer wouldn't eat anything similar. She will eat the S&C and Instinct dehydrated though. There was a mini bag of the Ziwipeak that I came -thisclose- to buying last week but I was talked out of it. I will probably hit up the food store again friday to pick up some treats.

    I do want something pretty balanced because the treats are pretty much going to be most of their food intake for at least 2 nights a week and probably a meal a couple other days a week. We do use chicken, cheese, zukes, low fat hotdogs, other meats (lunchmeat, pulled pork, etc). I just feel like they're getting too much 'junk food'.
    Ziwipeak will send u a sample bag if u e-mail them

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Red Barn food rolls. My dogs heavily prefer them to natural balance rolls. The are considered a complete food. They crumble less than Natural balance.

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    I like using itty bitty pieces of sweet potato (half the size of my fingernail), baked. Normally I make them crunchy, but this time I took them out sooner so they're soft/chewy. I've also used Zuke's treats and they work pretty well but weren't high value enough for us for class. But that could be because we bought the peanut butter flavour without knowing that Snowball doesn't like peanut butter. We also use Harrington's liver training treats, cut into 3-4 pieces.

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Quote Originally Posted by Salina View Post
    Ziwipeak will send u a sample bag if u e-mail them
    Thanks for this thread. I emailed ziwipeak, and they are sending free samples our way.

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    As an update:

    Ziwipeaks arrived today and it is *perfect*. K's nuts about it, it's not crumbly, and I can easily tear the pieces smaller.

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    Re: Soft food to be used as treats?

    Quote Originally Posted by CptJack View Post
    As an update:

    Ziwipeaks arrived today and it is *perfect*. K's nuts about it, it's not crumbly, and I can easily tear the pieces smaller.
    i knew it *lol* i love ziwipeak for treats as well

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