Best Dog Training Treats*

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Pet parent faves

From tasty flavors to nutritious ingredients, these are the best-selling dog treats and chews used for training bought by Petco’s pet parent customers.

Wellness Complete Health Natural Grain-free Lamb and Salmon Recipe Soft Puppy Bites

Wellness

Complete Health Natural Grain-free Lamb and Salmon Recipe Soft Puppy Bites

Appealing ingredients and supplements help support your puppy’s growth and at a proportional size for a little dog’s dimensions. It’s no wonder pet parents turn to these Wellness Soft Puppy Bites as one of the best dog treats for training puppies. You’ll be impressed by the grain-free formula and boost of DHA, and your puppy will sit and stay for the enticing lamb and salmon flavor.

Features:
  • Available in 3 oz. and 8 oz. bags
  • Natural ingredients
  • Made with whole fruits, vegetables and fresh meat
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Mini size perfect for puppies
  • Puppy-specific vitamins and DHA to support brain development
  • Made in the USA
  • Formulated for puppies under 1 year

WholeHearted Grain-free Tender Tidbits Peanut Butter Recipe Dog Training Treats

WholeHearted

Grain-free Tender Tidbits Peanut Butter Recipe Dog Training Treats

Peanut butter—it’s a flavor dogs can’t seem to get enough of. What better way to encourage your dog in their training than with tasty peanut butter flavored morsels? These dog training treats are also low-calorie, meaning that you won’t have to worry about overfeeding if it takes your pup a few training sessions—and then a few more—to remember their lessons. And they’re packed with chickpeas, giving your dog an extra boost of protein, fiber and nutrients.

Features:
  • Available in 6 oz. and 16 oz. bags
  • Free of corn, wheat and other grains
  • Made with real peanut butter
  • Low-calorie, with fewer than 3 calories per treat
  • Made in the USA
  • Grain-free

Zuke’s Mini Naturals Roasted Chicken Recipe Dog Treats

Zuke’s

Mini Naturals Roasted Chicken Recipe Dog Treats

Small and large breed dogs have different needs when it comes to dog food, and the same is true for dog training treats. The best training treats for small dogs are varieties that come in little-dog-friendly sizing that’s easy to swallow and that won’t make them feel like they’ve had a whole meal by the end of a training session. You can also use small dog treats for training bigger dogs who need a lot of reinforcement—and therefore might end up downing a few more snacks than dogs who are quick learners.

Features:
  • Available in 6 oz. and 16 oz. bags
  • Great for training or as a small breed dog treats
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • Free of artificial colors and flavors
  • Low-calorie, with fewer than 3 calories per treat
  • Made in the USA using global ingredients you can trust
  • Crafted in the USA using the Earth’s best ingredients

WholeHearted Grain-free Tender Tidbits Beef Recipe Dog Training Treats

WholeHearted

Grain-free Tender Tidbits Beef Recipe Dog Training Treats

High-quality dog treats for training don’t skimp on hearty, nutritious ingredients—even if those ingredients come in bite-sized bits. These treats are packed with multiple forms of protein, starting with real beef and rounded out with chickpeas and pea flour. They’re also soft, chewy and satisfying for dogs. Who says healthy dog training treats can’t be tasty?

Features:
  • Available in 6 oz. and 16 oz. bags
  • Made with real beef
  • Free of corn, wheat and other grains
  • Contain chickpeas for extra protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals
  • Low-calorie, with fewer than 3 calories per treat
  • Grain-free
  • Made in the USA

Merrick Power Bites Real Beef Dog Treats

Merrick

Bites Real Beef Dog Treats

Pet parents looking for healthy dog training treats should seek out natural ingredients, nutrient density and appealing flavors. The power of protein and a hearty flavor that comes from real beef plus fresh fruits and vegetables make Merrick Power Bites a wholesome choice. Another advantage of these treats is their poultry-free formula, which makes them good training treats for dogs with poultry sensitivities.

Features:
  • Available in 6 oz. bags
  • Made with real deboned beef
  • Made without poultry for sensitive dogs
  • Added minerals
  • Cooked in the USA

Wellness Natural Grain-free Crunchy Chicken and Carrots Recipe Puppy Bites Dog Treats

Wellness

Natural Grain-free Crunchy Chicken and Carrots Recipe Puppy Bites Dog Treats

Even if your dog is a puppy with soft, small teeth, they don’t have to miss out on the satisfying crunch of a kibble. While some dog training treats are soft and chewy, some dogs enjoy crunchy snacks, and the best dog treats for training puppies are ones your little buddy will enjoy eating—and feel motivated to learn cues for. Plus, crunchy doesn’t have to mean stuffed with grain fillers—these treats are grain-free and full of wholesome ingredients for growing dogs.

Features:
  • Available in 6 oz. bags
  • Natural ingredients
  • Specially formulated for puppies under 1 year
  • Grain-free
  • Made with meats, fruits and vegetables
  • All life stages
  • Supplemented with omegas and DHA for brain development
  • Made in the USA

Blue Buffalo Bits Chicken Soft-Moist Training Value Added Vitamins Dog Treat

Blue Buffalo

Bits Chicken Soft-Moist Training Value Added Vitamins Dog Treat

Soft, moist and satisfying to snack on, these tender morsels might be irresistible to your dog. That means extra motivation for your pup to follow cues and get rewarded. These dog training treats are formulated with DHA to help boost brain development, and they’re made with real deboned chicken, not flavored with chicken byproducts.

Features:
  • Available in 16 oz. bags
  • Soft and moist texture
  • Made with real chicken
  • No meat by-product meals
  • Added DHA for brain support
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to help support skin and coat

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Learn More About Training Dog Treats

Welcoming a new dog into your home is exciting and fulfilling—but depending on how old your dog is when they become part of your family, you might have some training to do. Choosing the best dog training treats for your new family member may seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Look for things like:

  • Wholesome ingredients: Treats don’t need to be unhealthy to be appealing to your dog. Look for ingredient lists that contain whole foods instead of highly processed byproducts or fillers.
  • Nutrient density: Dog treats should have a good balance of real meat or fish, fruits and vegetables and added nutritional supplements like minerals or fatty acids. Grain-free and protein-first ingredient lists ensure that your dog is getting real nutrition instead of empty calories.
  • Dog appeal: Healthy dog training treats are only useful if they motivate your dog and different pups have different preferences. The best dog training treats for your unique companion will be the right size for their breed, have a satisfying texture and be tasty enough to motivate your dog’s training.

While it’s crucial for puppies to receive food and treats that support their growing brains and bodies—and that are sized in tiny portions that won’t be hard for them to chew and swallow—adult dogs have a little more wiggle room when it comes to finding irresistible dog training treats. Dog training treats for large dogs don’t need to be quite as small as training treats for puppies. And while they don’t necessarily require the same specialized formula as puppy-specific treats, many of the best adult dog training treats at Petco contain whole food ingredients and added nutritional supplements.

Every dog’s palate is different, so the particular flavor and texture that drives one dog wild might not have the same motivational appeal for another pup. Still, the best way to keep your dog eagerly following training cues—while still supporting their overall health—is to seek out hearty, wholesome dog training treats that are made with whole food ingredients instead of fillers and artificial flavors. Whether those nutritious treats should be chewy, crunchy or tender is entirely up to your pup.

The most popular dog treats are convenient and affordable for pet parents as well as flavorful and motivating for dogs. These best-selling dog training treats are the ones most bought by Petco’s pet parent customers. Petco has a variety of bite-sized treats in convenient, resealable packaging made with real ingredients and whole foods instead of artificial flavors and fillers. Your dog will love the rich flavor, and you’ll love the ease of having high-quality treats on hand.

Professional dog trainers tend to follow two general guidelines when choosing dog training treats—keep the dog interested, and don’t add too many calories to the dog’s diet. If a dog is not responding to the motivation offered by one particular dog training treat, they might simply be bored and in need of variety. A professional trainer will introduce a new flavor to pique a dog’s interest and get them back on track.

Another consideration for professional dog trainers is how many calories a dog consumes during each training session. Professional trainers choose high-quality dog treats for training and look for small-sized portions to avoid overfeeding and empty calories.

While some dog trainers use things like small pieces of cooked chicken as training aids, many favor the same nutritious, conveniently packaged dog training treats loved by pet parents. Petco’s dog training treats provide effective training tools for pet parents and professional trainers alike. Check out our Dog Treat Guide for more information on appropriate and happy snacking.

*Based on petco.com sales data.