My Smart Puppy

with Dog Expert, Sarah Wilson

Best Puppy Treats: Treats You Won’t Regret


Beat treats for puppiesThe puppy was sick; an upset stomach. All over his crate. 🙁  Asking my upset client what treats they had been using, I instantly knew why their pup felt lousy: the wrong treats. This dedicated puppy person had used rich, adult-dog-sized treats to reward their small pup during training. The results were…memorably messy.

What are the best puppy treats? I’m so glad you asked. Here’s what I use, in my order of preference.

  • Pup’s own kibble

    Using a portion of his own food can be some of the best puppy treats. They won’t cause extra water drinking or tummy upset as richer or new-to-the-pup treats can. True, kibble may not tempting enough for every pup but if you have a Hoover-hound (a puppy who eats everything with equal gusto) then using their own kibble can work well.

  • Other small-breed kibble

    Many companies make “small breed” kibble meaning the pieces are really small. Get as small a bag as you can. Remove a bit to use as treats then put the rest in the freezer so it will stay fresh longer. Some pups find unusual foods more exciting and will work enthusiastically for them.

  • Mild, kibble-like treats

    Wet Nose Little Stars are some of the best puppy treats; a great choice for medium/large pups. Each treat is tiny, made of excellent ingredients and delicious to most pups (or so they tell me). They are, however, way too big for tiny pups.

  • Breakable Treats

    I love these treats because I can break them into the right size for the dog I am teaching. Wellness Mini Puppy Treats easily break each one into 4-6 smaller treats. So a little goes a long way. Other favs that can be broken or torn into much smaller bits : Jerky Treats and Solid Gold Treats.

There are many options on the market—more all the time! What’re the best puppy treats? Tiny ones that your puppy loves. Find those and you’ll be able to be generous without causing digestive issues and that, let me tell you, is well worth taking the time to find!

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