Training Treats For Puppies 8 Weeks Plus (Simple, Cheap, Homemade, Choke Free & Healthy)

Cute puppy sitting on the sofa
Jack Russell – 11 Weeks old

I am a firm believer in healthy food options for dogs! I have studied canine nutrition and have experience in pancreatitis with my dog. Pancreatitis is mainly caused in dogs by giving a dog table scraps, bad food and treats often referred to as garbage gut. 

Never think that because it says for dogs on the packet, it means it’s safe. Many dogs treats come from China, and there are no regulations involved to check that it’s safe for our beloved pets. 

The below will be the safest option for your puppy, which I do for my puppy right now. Plus, training my puppy has never been so easy as Albert loves it.

The best advice I can give you from a puppy owner to another is, don’t feed them store-bought treats or food scraps. Instead, boil up some chicken breasts and cut them into bite-sized pieces for your dog!

My Puppy – Albert

Benefits Of Boiled Chicken Treats

Chicken is the healthiest option for training treats that you can give your dog. Easy on their young sensitive tummies, lean meat and full of Omega 6 fatty acids for a healthy coat. Chicken is low in calories, and you can cut it into chunk sizes of your choice to suit the size of your dog. Unlike shop brought treats, they can be hard and oddly shaped, which can cause a choking hazard.

My puppy is ten weeks old, and he has approximately a chicken breast every three days alongside his healthy good quality kibble. 

The Problem With Most Shop Brought Dog Treats

  • Unregulated
  • Dehydrating
  • Bad for puppies tummies
  • Hard, choking hazard

Harmful Ingredients In Shop Brought Dog Treats

  • Bad fat  
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole  
  • Corn  
  • Food dyes  
  • Gluten  
  • Meat by-products  
  • Wheat  

Now that you know my views on shop-bought treats let me go through the best practices when cooking and treating your puppy or dog with chicken pieces.

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Knife
  • Chopping board

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast
  • Water
A raw chicken breast, knife and chopping board
Getting started

How To Cook (Simple)

1. Boil some water in a saucepan or use boiled kettle water.

2. Chop up the raw chicken breast into chunks.

Chunks of raw chopped up chicken chunks on chopping board
Chop into pieces

3. Put the chicken into the saucepan and cook for roughly eight minutes on medium heat.

Do not add any herbs or salt.

4. Drain, and let the chicken cool down.

5. Place in a container and leave in the fridge until ready to treat your pup

Cooked pieces of boiled chicken
Chopped a little smaller after cooking

Tips:

You can also freeze the cooked chicken if you prefer cooking in batches. But at present, I have boiled it fresh each time.

I usually take out a few pieces and have them near me or the puppy pads for easy access!

How long does cooked chicken last in the fridge?

I keep the chicken in the fridge for three days after boiling; after this, if any left, I throw it away and reboil another chicken breast.

  • Thee Days

Recommended Read: My List Of Good and Bad Human Foods For Dogs

Great for

  • Fussy Eaters
  • Sensitive Tummies
  • Training

Cheaper

Pack of 4 chicken breasts will last 12 days. If the dates are more than this on the packet, you can freeze the breasts until ready to defrost and boil. I find that giving my dog boiled chicken is cheaper than typical treats from the shops. So that’s another good reason, along with the health benefits.

Remember:

  • Do not add any herbs or salt.
  • Three days use after cooking for maximum health benefits.

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