Sunday, March 14, 2010

High Value Treats

You all know I am connoisseur of dog treats. I insist on high value and high quality. High quality ensures that my hounds feel well paid and are eager to put forth a good effort. It keeps them interested.

High quality is important because treats can become a large percentage of daily calories when you train seriously or regularly. Have you ever flipped over a package of Jerky Treats and read the ingredients?
Beef, Meat By-Products, Soy Grits, Sugar, Liver, Glycerin, Salt, Garlic Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Sorbic Acid (used as a preservative), Caramel Color, Citric Acid (used as a preservative), Natural Mixed Tocopherols (used as a preservative), Rosemary Extract.

Meat-By-Products? What kind of meat are we talking about? Roadkill? And then sugar? What the %$&#! And it must be bad if spell checker is picking out words like "sorbic" and "tocopherols". I much prefer real food.

Here is a good deal I found the other day. I bought a plain rotisserie chicken. I even had a $1 off coupon so it was only $3.99.

I threw away the skin and then picked off all of the meat and placed it into small plastic containers. I would have had more except I was a nice wife and let Stephen have the wings and legs. Reagan and Riley were big fans!

13 comments:

Granted Wishes Greyhounds said...

When I saw your post with that title and that bag of jerky, I flipped. I'm so glad you're not using it! It's junk!

Clever idea with the chicken. All those bowls came from ONE chicken? That's pretty amazing.

Cynthia said...

When I was trialing Casey in utility she made it clear that the only treat she considered worth her while at a show was rotisserie chicken. Nothing else would do. So that's what she got!

houndstooth said...

Our girls would start making all kinds of demands if we bought them their own chicken! lol That's a really good idea and I'm betting it goes quite a long way!

Life With Dogs said...

That's a clever idea. I might try freezing some, but either way it's a bargain and a heck of a lot more healthy than prepackaged goods...

Laura of the Kudzu said...

Yep, those trash treats are rather pricey as well. The burrito places have gotten used to the strange lady who orders double meat burritos but asks them to put the meat on the side. I get a scrumptious veggie burrito & Luna gets treats for class. Quite handy when I am out of treats for her & hungry for my dinner while heading to class.

That rotisserie chicken would sure win canine approval here. I gotten say you are a great dog servant to voluntarily pick apart a slimy, icky chicken. (No, I'm not a vegetarian, just find handling chicken yucko.) Will do it for leftovers but never thought about buying one just for the dogs. I am soooo lazy.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

LOL :-)... I love the burrito idea. I have a favorite little burrito place too and I am a vegetarian.... probably costs a $1 extra to get the meat instead. :-)

jcp said...

I should try that. We sometimes buy those rotisseries for human consumption so an extra for the boy seems reasonable. I used to get Americal Kennel Club Liver treats for my boy which seemed to have pretty good ingredient list but I can't find them where I used to.
I have always been confused because I have heard that dogs digest cooked meat differently than humans. I am also a bit concerned about the high sodium in the rotisseries. Any insights into these concerns?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I would moderate it. I would not use it everyday for everything. But recalls at a dog park... heck yes. Practicing attention and stays at PetsMart... heck yes. Sits and downs in the living room... probably not.

Maria Peters said...

AND, it's savory!

Sientay L said...

Dino would never eat anything else if we gave him a rotisserie chicken. I buy the packages of chicken gizzards/hearts and cook them with some garlic. I cut them up into little pieces and put them in little ziplock baggies.

Sandy ~~~ said...

Oh --- my --- goodness! I love those things, why wouldn't my Creel? Yes, I've looked at the contents of some of the treats in my "decent dog food store" and they are purty scary. Then I love at the price of the good treats and that's purty scary too!

So if you don't mind minimal work to put together some REAL treats...and a little greasiness on your fingers --- why not?

Greyt idea, thanks so much. Just remember, most of the chickens are "enhanced" which means they injected with a salt solution so can be a little high in sodium.

Nicola said...

Hi, we've got a rescued racer which we got at the end of 2011. She's got IBS and we're just managing to keep her stomach ok on wet food - Chappie. She can't tolerate dry food. She's worse on chicken type foods. Do you have any idea's for treats for training? Anything bought is just nasty and meaty stuff she struggles with. Pointless to train her to sit for chicken if she can't tolerate it! Help . Btw your blog looks really interesting and will definitely read some more ... Nicola in Bristol UK

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Hi Nicola,

Definitely a difficult position to be in. Facinating that she does better on canned food. I'd be curious to see how she does on raw food. Anyways, I would probably use her meals for training. I would probably focus on downs, stays, and recalls and skip the sits. I would probably be a little more compulsive about the training. Make things happen whether she wants to do it or not simply because you aren't able to motivate with great food. I wouldn't use compulsive methods for agility or complicated obedience... simply because that should be fun. But I'm ok with just requiring the dog to learn basic around the house, useful training... whether they find it super fun or not.