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Preparing cheese bits as a tiny dog reward: freeze, dry, fresh?

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Clicker training here and want a tiny bit of cheese to use as high-value reward.
Only want 100% ched cheese, chopped into tiny bits, so no recipes, please.
How to best prepare/transport this?
Can I dry them on the counter or something? My past experience was oven-dried hot-dogs, but not for this dog. Cheese only. Seems messy though...any suggestions?
Thank you!
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Do you have a box grater? If so, here's what I found is best for handling cheese. Note that I'm using it for a 10 lb dog, and using a Microplane Box grater which has slightly wider holes than most other graters that I've owned.

grate cheese on the normal grating hole (the one that is 1/4 to 1/2" wide, depending on your grater). Spread the cheese out in a thin layer on a plate or cutting board and put it in the fridge for 1-2 hours until it feels dry to the touch but is still flexible. Still easy to break up, doesn't crumble, not greasy, and doesn't get mushed together, and is totally handleable after several hours at room temperature.
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