Best healthy treats for training a German Shepherd dog:
Your German Shepherd like everyone will love treats. Treats are a great way to reward your dog for good behaviour and work well as a training aid. All treats should be given in moderation. It’s healthy to vary your rewards between treats and affection however with our guide on healthy treats you can be sure your German Shepherds treats are adding nutritional benefits to their diet.
In this guide we will cover healthy human foods for treats when training German Shepherd dogs, some homemade recipes to make your own healthy treats and finally the best healthy food treats on the market.
Best healthy human treats for training a German Shepherd dog:
For a quick grab natural treat these dog friendly human foods are packed with nutritional health benefits:
- Apples: unseeded apple slices make a great natural treat for your German Shepherd. They are also good at helping to remove plaque which will help freshen your dog’s breath. Win win.
- Salmon: The best part of salmon for dogs is the fatty skin. This is because it is full of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is great for your German Shepherds all-round health. The benefits are plentiful and can help you dog’s organ health, cell maintenance, immune system and joints. Omega 3 will also help to make your dogs coat glossy, give them healthier skin which in turn can reduce skin allergies. So slice up some crispy salmon skins for an extra special treat.
- Eggs: slice some cooked eggs to reward your German Shepherd dog. Enriched with essential vitamins and minerals eggs make a great healthy treat from training your German Shepherd. Eggs are also a great source of easy to digest protein for your dog. Do not give your dog’s raw eggs as they carry a risk of salmonella.
- Peanut butter: A spoonful of unsalted peanut butter make a great protein rich snack and watching your German Shepherd lick it up from the roof of their mouth is adorable.
- Cheese: Cube’s of cheese are easy to carry around and are a great source of calcium and protein.
- Pumpkin flesh and cooked pumpkin seeds: Falls seasonal superfood for your German Shepherd pumpkin is full of fibre and loaded with vitamins which promotes shiny coats. Pumpkin also works as a great natural remedy to settle upset stomachs in dogs. Pumpkin flesh can be served both raw and cooked. Seeds are better if you roast them and remove the skins, however in moderation dogs can have raw pumpkin seeds. Do not feed you dog pumpkin skin or a portion of the stem. Although they are not considered toxic, they are really hard for your dog to digest and can cause discomfort or blockages.
- Veggies: Fresh veg including Carrots, broccoli and green beans are a nutritious low calorie treat for your German Shepherd. Broccoli should only be given in small amounts to prevent upset stomach. Green beans are full of iron and vitamins typically they are considered safe to eat raw but some people recommend cooking first.
- Popcorn: Plain air popped corn helps to promote digestion and eye health. Popcorn makes a great low calorie treat for your German Shepherd dog but make sure to not give them any un-popped kernels.
- Chicken: Unseasoned cooked chicken is a great source of protein and fatty omega 6 acids. Omega 6 helps dogs to sustain super shiny coats and healthy skin. Make sure there is no bones before giving to your German Shepherd Dog.
Best healthy treat recipes for training a German Shepherd dog:
If you are ready to venture into the canine culinary world cooking your own dog treats is a great way to know exactly what’s going in them. Here we have some of the best healthy treat recipes for training a German Shepherd dog all contain 5 or less ingredients:
- Simple baby food two ingredients treats: Yes that’s right your dog can eat baby food. As long as it doesn’t contain onion (which is bad for your dog) baby food can be eaten by your dogs. Baby food is not a good substitute for dog food, since it does not include all the nutrients and vitamins dogs need but as a treat it’s a simple easy way to give your dog a variety of different flavours. To make the two ingredients treats simply choose a flavour of pureed baby food, mix with organic whole wheat flour to form a stiff dough, roll out and either use a pizza cutter to cut it into cubes or if you want to be fancy use a cookie cutter. Place on a parchment lined baking tray and bake for around 15 mins.
- Frozen yoghurt and peanut butter treats: Another simple 2 ingredient recipe these yoghurt and peanut butter treats are great for a hot day. Simply get some plain, natural yoghurt from the fridge, stir in some peanut butter, pop into ice cube moulds and freeze. With ice cube mould only place a thin layer about 5cms deep to prevent a choke hazard. Alternatively, you can place in the bottom of cupcake papers or paper or plastic cups to create a flat disk-shaped treat. Instead of peanut butter you can also use mashed apple mixed with a little water.
- Peanut butter biscuits: For peanut butter loving dogs you can’t go wrong with this simple recipe. Simply mix organic flour, eggs and peanut butter together then add enough water to turn your mixture into a dough, roll it out and use either a cookie cutter or pizza cutter to make it into small bites and bake for 20 minutes.
- Sweet potato fries: The next time your making some sweet potato fries we recommend using this dog friendly recipe both you and your German shepherd can enjoy. Wash and peel your sweet potato, cut into strips, coat with coconut oil, cinnamon and turmeric, spread out evenly on a baking try and bake until crispy. Yum!
- Banana and peanut butter treats: Who doesn’t love a banana and peanut butter combo. That’s your German Shepherd included. All you need is oatmeal, a banana and peanut butter. Use a food processor or blender to grind the oats into a powder, mash the banana and peanut butter together and stir in the blended oats to create a dough. Roll out and use a cookie cutter. Place on a parchment lined shallow cooking tin and bake for around 15 minutes.
- Easy fall cookies: To make these pumpkin cookies your German Shepherd dog will love you need to place pumpkin, peanut butter and eggs into a food processor and blend together. Then gradually stir in whole wheat flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Knead the dough until smooth, roll out and cut into shapes and bake until slightly golden.
- Chicken and rice muffins: High in protein these chicken and rice muffins your German Shepherd is sure to love. Simply boil brown or wild rice. Once cooked mash the rice to make stodgy. Add diced or shredded chicken, a little flour, chopped parsley and an egg. Mix together until combined. Then spoon into a muffin tin and bake for about 25mins. Until slightly golden on top.
- Sweet potato and salmon bites: bake a sweet potato. Oil in a pan (we use coconut oil) stir together flour, eggs and salmon (either cooked or tinned, remove any bones) once the sweet potato has cooled enough to handle remove the skin and add the skinned potato to the mixture. Spread evenly in the oiled tray and place in the fridge. Once cooled slice into bite sized chunks.
- Frozen pupsicle pop: For a healthy ice pop for your German Shepherd simply blend bananas, Greek yoghurt, blueberries and beets. Add you your mould and use a carrot as the stick. Perfect for those warm days.