• Caryl Wolff

Choose the Right Size Treat when Training your Dog or Puppy

Updated: Dec 29, 2021


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I LOVE yummy treats!

There are different types of treats for different types of dog or puppy training. Please go here to read the what treats are best for each type of training. How to Use Dog Treats Effectively in Training

Training treats should be soft treats when teaching your dog or puppy obedience behaviors so that you get a lot of repetitions in a very short time, and they should be geared to the size of your dog.


Guideline for Choosing the Right Size Treat When Training your Dog or Puppy

  • If your dog weighs less than 5 pounds, the treats should be half the size of a grain of rice.

  • If your dog weighs 5-10 pounds, the treats should be the size of a grain of rice.

  • If your dog weighs 10-25 pounds, the treats should be half the size of a pea.

  • If your dog weighs 25-40 pounds, the treats should be half the size of a dime.

  • If your dog weighs 40-60 pounds, the treats should be the size of a nickel

  • If your dog weighs 60-80 pounds, the treats should be the size of a little larger than a nickel.

  • If your dog weighs over 80 pounds, the treats should be the size of a quarter.

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Disclaimer: This article is for information only. It does not replace a consultation with a dog trainer, dog behavior consultant, or veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog.


If you need help with puppy or dog training, we do both private in-person and virtual lessons via Zoom. Please contact us by calling or texting (310) 804-2392 or sending an email to caryl@DoggieManners.com . We look forward to working with you.

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