Rescue Dog Gilbert Trained with Zuke’s Treats (GIVEAWAY)

Every dog needs training. Just like children, dogs are happiest when they know what is expected of them.

While most people think of dog training as something you do with puppies, dogs can learn new commands at any age. It’s especially important for dogs like Gilbert to learn some basic commands in order to help them get adopted and have that adoption be a forever one.

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Zuke’s via OffLeash Communications. I received compensation and free product for this article. See full disclosure statement.

Gilbert’s Story:

Gilbert with Gateway Pet Guardians - photo Credit David CarlyonPhoto Credit – David Carlyon

Gilbert was rescued by Gateway Pet Guardians in St. Louis, MO.

Gateway rescues dogs in the impoverished communities of Illinois just minutes from downtown St. Louis. There are hundreds of dogs living on their own on the streets of East St. Louis or hoping to make it out of the animal control shelter. Gateway rescues as many of them as they can.

Gilbert was abandoned by his owners and found in East St. Louis tied to a tree. He was taken to a very overcrowded animal control facility where sadly many of the dogs never find homes.

Gilbert was one of the lucky ones.

Gateway Pet Guardians rescued him and is working to find him a forever home.

Gilbert is a pit bull mix with a huge smile. When I walked through the Gateway shelter where they house dogs waiting for a foster home, it seemed like every dog started barking. But not Gilbert. He just sat at attention and locked his eyes on me hoping I would come over and give him some love.

To his surprise, he not only got to go out into the yard with me and another volunteer Melissa, but he also got a few handfuls of tasty Zuke’s Mini Natural treats while he learned some new commands.

Since the video was made, Gilbert has been adopted!

Gilbert with Gateway Pet Guardians - photo Credit David CarlyonPhoto Credit – David Carlyon

Win 6 bags of Zuke’s Mini Naturals:

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Zuke’s is giving one of my readers a chance to try all 6 flavors of their Mini Naturals Dog Treats.


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The Giveaway:

The winning reader will receive 36 oz of Zuke’s Mini Naturals. Flavors include: chicken, pork, duck, salmon, rabbit and peanut butter.

This giveaway is over. Congratulations to our winner, Kristie Donelson of Ohio.

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158 Responses

  1. Karinna Lozano says:

    I love Gilbert! I use treats for y shy/fearful dog when we are walking and we see people, we are working on people=treat=good thing 🙂 and we are making progress every day! 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    I love bringing treats on walks to help reinforce good behavior.

  3. Mel Sorrells says:

    I hope Gilbert finds his forever home.
    My favorite use of small treats is training my pit Roxy to stay in the truck until released. It keeps her safely out of traffic and allows me to be ready before she gets out.

  4. Mel Sorrells says:

    I signed up for weekly emails for a extra entry.

  5. Robyn Wright says:

    OMG Gilbert is gorgeous! Not entering the giveaway since I don’t currently have a dog – but love the video!


    I love using small treats for training and when my dog showed good manners when a guest comes over to our home.


    i followed on Pinterest and shared:

  8. Heather says:

    My dogs, Raven and Bella love Zuke’s minis. They’ve only tried the chicken and the peanut butter though. I hope we get to try the other flavors too! My favorite use for small treats is training. They’re also good to take to the lake with us. I give them treats when distractions arise and I need their attention on ME!

  9. Maria Chen says:

    we love dogs

  10. I have no dog, but I couldn’t resist Gilbert when I saw his photo on Dedicated House’s link party. Please post another link to her party once Gilbert finds his fur-ever home. We all love happy endings. 🙂

  11. Christina says:

    We love Zukes! We use small treats for training but our favorite use is putting them in our dog’s treat ball.

  12. Christina says:

    I signed up for the newsletter.

  13. Christina says:

    I followed on pinterest and repinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/239887117627097614/

  14. Sara R says:

    I like to use them to train doggies to do tricks! (:

  15. Dana Pugsley says:

    Signed up for email under Dana.Pugsley63@gmail.com

  16. Dana Pugsley says:

    Following all boards on Pnterest and pinned this image http://www.pinterest.com/pin/281334307947855583/

  17. Dana Pugsley says:

    Following on Twitter and tweeted about the contest https://twitter.com/DanaPugsley/status/511736010166657025

  18. Karie Y. Darnell says:

    Gilbert is so handsome & looks like my Pit’s twin

  19. Karie Y. Darnell says:

    I signed up for the newsletter. I love Pits; all dogs! I use small treats if I come across stray, abandoned or running loose dogs & to reward & train at home

  20. shelleyb says:

    We just got a dog about 6 weeks ago. Wow, we’re all adjusting. We use small treats for rewarding positive behaviors. She loves treats.

  21. Nicki C. says:

    We just started puppy kindergarten and Zuke’s are PERFECT for this!

  22. Ann Cluck says:

    Also, I follow Karen on facebook and on twitter (@AnnCluck)

  23. Melisssa Travous says:

    I already receive your newsletter, liked the post, shared the post & follow you on Fb. I like small treats to take outside with me when Magnum would prefer to stay outside after doing his business, it’s 2am and I need to get him inside. I keep them in my palm holding the leash and it’s all he can think about. 🙂

  24. Wehaf says:

    We use small treats for training sessions to reinforce commands our pups already know.

  25. PepiSmartDog says:

    What an awesome post! Love Gilbert – he’s such a handsome man-dog.
    Thank you for sharing his story with us.
    Thank you for joining our Thankful Thursday Weekly Blog Hop while we have been travelling.
    Hope to see you this week too. :=o)

  26. jennifer says:

    my favorite use for little treats is training, we just learned to roll over, it took a lot of treats!

  27. angie boss says:

    I confess – we use treats just because shes so darn cute!

  28. Kathy Lausche says:

    We use treats to reinforce good behavior. Works great on our black lab!

  29. Happy Thoughtless Thursday! what a fun giveaway

  30. Great story, and a wonderful giveaway!!
    Thanks for linking up with us!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack

  31. Dawn Monroe says:

    Right now we are using treats for walking on the leash training.

  32. Laura says:

    Gilbert is so adorable!
    We just use treats as treats, our boy Logan is good, and getting older, he just turned 12 and we just spoil him any way we can. He was a shelter puppy and already trained when my husband got him

  33. OK so first let me say, Gilbert is a very handsome boy and I bet he was very happy that he didn’t bark that day 😉
    I won’t be entering the giveaway as I live in Canada, but I love using Zuke’s and other small treats to train my baby girl “Little”. We’ve done all of Zuke’s flavors except Chicken (Little has a chicken allergy) and she’s pretty happy to get them. Right now we are using them to learn to ride a skateboard and as a reminder to walk beside me when we go for walks (I got lazy and started letting her not, working on getting back to how it’s supposed to be), no pull, loose leash.
    They work great, and the best part is that I don’t have to cut them in half when I’m using Zuke’s as they are the perfect size for training. We use lots of treats when training so the smaller the better for me.

  34. Valerie says:

    What a beautiful boy Gilbert is! I love using these treats for clicker training sessions and just as an occasional treat when I feel like giving my fur babies a little something extra for a snack.

  35. Miranda Ward says:

    I love to reward my dog with treats

  36. Kim Mangrum says:

    I have two puppies so I am using small treats for training purposes right now. I need more.

  37. We love Zukes! Small treats are great for training our MinPin and for little rewards for good behavior throughout the day.

  38. Nancy Loring says:

    I subscribe to future expat

  39. Nancy Loring says:

    I follow on facebook

  40. Nancy Loring says:

    I shared on facebook Nancy Loring

  41. Nancy Loring says:

    I would love to say that I use treats to train mh dog but the truth is I use treats to spoil my dog.

  42. Nancy Loring says:

    I follow on pinterest Nancy Loring

  43. Nancy Loring says:

    I follow on Twitter @nancy_loring

  44. Allyson Tice says:

    I use small treats to reward my pup for good behavior.

  45. Allyson Tice says:

    I subscribed to your weekly emails!

  46. Darlene Owen says:

    I use treats for tricks, sit, shake, down, etc.

  47. Darlene Owen says:

    I subscribe to your email

  48. Darlene Owen says:

    I follow you on Facebook and I shared this post

  49. Amanda Parmer says:

    I use treats as a reward for good behavior from my GSD pup.

  50. Dana says:

    We use treats as a reward for tricks.

  51. Dana says:

    Shared on facebook!

  52. G says:

    My favorite use of small treats is for training, I also like to give my dogs small treats like this each time they come in from pottying. I have eight dogs, three of which are rescues, so I use a lot of treats and would absolutely love to win these for my furkids. They have tried a couple other zukes treats and loved them so I know these would be a hit. Love the wide variety of flavors featured, my dogs really love duck among other flavors so was excited to see that flavor among the others! My three rescue dogs are a long hair chihuahua, a Sheltie and a pit bull and my others are all shelties….So I loved seeing Gilbert featured here. So many people have mixed feelings about the breed but they can be wonderful dogs. It’s all in how they are trained. My rescue pit bull thinks it’s his job in life to protect all my little dogs and he loves them and us dearly. Gilbert reminds me a lot of my own pit bull. I hope he finds a wonderful home! Thanks for the Chsnce to win

  53. G says:

    I signed up for your emails. Thank you!

  54. Maureen says:

    We have a six year old boxer and a 1 year old rescue dog. We use small treats for positive reinforcement. Our rescue dog is a terrier mix and loves to jump…my children have been teaching her to jump through a hula hoop and the treat is a nice reward!

  55. Maureen says:

    I am a new email subscriber! I enjoyed reading this post and look forward to more.

  56. Lacey says:

    We use small treats for training and rewards for calming down when guests come over

  57. PepiSmartDog says:

    Hi, we are back again, zooming to every pal’s site from last week’s Thankful Thursday Weekly Blog Hop.
    Gilbert is such a handsome man-dog!
    Thank you for joining our Thankful Thursday Weekly Blog Hop last week.
    Hope to see you gain this week because we always enjoy reading your posts.
    *waves paw* :=o)

  58. Small treats are great for all kinds of training!

  59. Candice says:

    I love to use small treats when trying to train a new trick, so they are attentive but don’t get full.

  60. Candice says:

    I subscribe via email.

  61. Helga says:

    I give them small treats when I am training them. hmromoser@yahoo.com

  62. Helga says:

    I friended you and shared on facebook as billsn beaks

  63. Helga says:

    I follow you on pinterest and pinned as http://www.pinterest.com/timmybulb/

  64. grace renee says:

    It’s super fun to throw these tiny dog treats and let my puppy try and catch them! Woohoo! ♥


  65. Ronda says:

    I use small treats for going outside to the bathroom and for good manners towards other people.

  66. Ronda says:

    I subscribe to your emails.

  67. Amy M says:

    Oh, my goodness! I”m thinking good thoughts for Gilbert’s heartworm treatment — he looks like such a nice guy! Our little dog loves little treats, and she gets a couple a day, usually as a reward for doing something right, or to reinforce some attempt at training. She’s not brilliant, but we love her.

  68. Sunnie says:

    Just for being good, an extra snack.

  69. natalie yeoman says:

    my favorite use of small treats is when my dad goes something good. it helps her learn more

  70. AmandaSue says:

    They are great for cutting nails and helping to sit still you give one after each paw!

  71. wen budro says:

    I subscribed via email.

  72. wen budro says:

    I follow on pinterest as wlburro and re-pinned http://www.pinterest.com/pin/421297740115740882/

  73. rebecca hackett says:

    I take a treat on our walk. Bailey knows that it is in my pocket. He doesn’t waste any time doing his business because he knows when he finishes that he gets a dog treat.

  74. Sadie Terry says:

    As a nightly snack for my beagle batsadie@gmail.com

  75. bitt says:

    I use them to help my dog stay still when we wait to cross the street.

  76. bitt says:

    signed up for emails

  77. jessica peeling says:

    For my Dachshund when she does something good 🙂 jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

  78. Kelli Taylor says:

    We use Zukes for training and we also put them in a kong.

  79. Jenn coffill says:

    I use small treats on walks and when teaching treats. It helps the reward to be quickly given and for me to carry several

  80. Shannon says:

    We use them as a positive reward when he does something good like a trick or going in his cage.

  81. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    We are currently using treats to reward our doggies for pottying outside. Sometimes we slip in extra just because;)

  82. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I am following on Pinterest @laborders2000

  83. Darlene Owen says:

    I use small treats to bribe my dogs to come into the house or to be quite, etc.

  84. Christina Anne says:

    We use them to train him…like last time we trained him to not jump at the front door when someone knocks.
    annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

  85. Jodie Gray Rosenblum says:

    My favorite use of small treats is for teaching puppies the basics.

  86. Sarah M says:

    Zuke’s is our favorite! Haven’t tried all the flavors though.

  87. Les Johnson says:

    My dog is pretty well behaved. We use treats whenever she does tricks or just as positive reinforcement.

  88. Dawn S. says:

    We love using small treats to assist with training. Gilbert reminds me so much of my sweet pittie that we rescued last year – he is very, very food motivated so I always have a pocketful of treats to reward those good behaviors!

  89. Dawn S. says:

    I followed Karen, and have tweeted the message:


  90. traci (sommerkamp-bender) says:

    My 3 Chihuahua’s get treats just because I love them !

  91. Ronda says:

    I use small treats as a reward for going outside to the bathroom.

  92. Trish says:

    My little dog gets treats because I love her so much! We LOVE the Zuke’s brand!

  93. Trish says:

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  94. Trish says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@birdhousebooks)

  95. Amy Honious says:

    We use small treats daily for my 5 yr old Boston, Zelda. She gets a treat each time she goes out to potty 🙂

  96. Janice Dukes says:

    We have an older dog and at her age she gets treats all the time

  97. Janice Dukes says:

    I subscribed to newsletter

  98. Janice Dukes says:

    I am now a follower on Facebook

  99. Janice Dukes says:

    I now follow on Twitter

  100. Janice Dukes says:

    I am a follower on Pinterest

  101. Adrian says:

    This doggy is so cute and I love his training video! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party.

  102. Ally says:

    Every night, my parent’s dog gets a handful of “night night cookies” when she goes to bed. I love the little ritual and how happy it makes her!

  103. Amanda says:

    We have a 7-year-old, a 9-month-old, and a 3-month-old; we could sure use the treats for training 🙂 Two of them are rescues, and we also foster. I also pet sit, dog walk, and board dogs. Needless to say, treats are always needed. Zuke’s are one of my favorite brands!

  104. Amanda says:

    I liked you on Facebook as Garage Saling, but it kept saying “error” whenever I tried to share the status.

  105. Amanda says:

    http://www.pinterest.com/kortamaosu/ I pinned on to my “Animals” board.

  106. Amanda says:

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  107. Suzanne says:

    We use treats for good behavior and “just because”!

  108. Suzanne says:

    I’m subscribed! 🙂

  109. Suzanne says:

    I liked you on Facebook! Suzynich

  110. Suzanne says:

    I follow on pinterest! Pinterest.com/suzynichols

  111. Kristie D. says:

    I like to use small treats when trying to teach a trick. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  112. Kristie D. says:

    Subscribed via email. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  113. Kristie D. says:

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  115. Veronica cummings says:

    I use treats to teach my dogs to sit stay…it’s slow but it’s going well.

  116. We love small treats for training! They are just perfect.

  117. Pam H. says:

    I use dog treats to reward good behavior.

  118. Pam H. says:

    I subscribe.

  119. Lisa R says:

    I use them as rewards for good behavior and also to train my dog with something new

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  124. Jasmine R says:

    I like to use treats for training purposes! 🙂

  125. Jasmine R says:

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  126. Jamie Hammel says:

    I use small treats for training

  127. jeremy says:

    To reward my dog.

  128. Heather R says:

    I like using small treats as a tiny tidbit of extra affection and attention!

  129. Heather R says:

    I subscribed via email as bkittie at gmail dot com!

  130. I use them for training (or trying to…) and to put them on his puzzle games 🙂

  131. Crystal Rose says:

    I like to use them to play hide and seek with my pup.

  132. Ryan says:

    I used Zuke treats training my dog to become a therapy dog for hospice patients. He loves the peanut butter ones especially!

  133. Kim Mangrum says:

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/kimtrax13/status/520964678252367872

    The Facebook Share Status says it cannot be found???

    • Karen Goodman says:

      The giveaway actually ended already. I need to go back and edit to make it more clear since I guess everyone doesn’t read the rules paragraph. Sorry for the trouble but glad you stopped by.

  134. bryan flake says:

    I love Pit bulls, they are the cutest smaller dog breeds. People have trained them to be mean, but I think that the nice ones can be super loving. My wife and I want to get one as a family pet that can be an appropriately behaved guard dog for our disabled son. He needs a little buddy and I think that a dog would be just the ticket.

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