Life Hack: Quickly Chopping Dog Treats

Making this chore faster and easier
By Karen B. London PhD, November 2017, Updated June 2021
dog treat cutting hack

Cutting up dog treats is part of my daily life, and I’m always up for a more efficient way to get it done. An onion (or vegetable) chopper is a tool worth knowing about if you are cutting many pounds of treats from dog food rolls at once. In addition to being faster, it makes the treats the same size and produces fewer crumbs.

When I first learned about this hack for cutting dog treats, I went through two predictable stages—enthusiasm for something that makes this chore less onerous, and amusement that such a tiny thing as cutting treats occupies so much of my brainpower. The thing is, I have spent so many hours over the last few decades cutting treats that I have inadvertently become an expert at this task. I know my favorite temperature for cutting treats (slightly cooler than room temperature), the best knife for the job (a tomato knife), the minimum size I can cut the treats before they crumble uncontrollably (about 3 mm), and I even know not to cut treats when I am tired or my fingers are chilled. Those conditions lead to accidents and add blood to the clean-up.

This may not seem like such a big deal, but when you cut 5-10 pounds of treats at once, anything that makes the process go more smoothly is worth doing. Do you have any treat-cutting tips to share?

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Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral issues, including aggression. Karen writes the animal column for the Arizona Daily Sun and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of six books about canine training and behavior, including her most recent, Treat Everyone Like a Dog: How a Dog Trainer’s World View Can Improve Your Life