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Old 12-10-2012, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are treats the best way to potty train and to train a pup to kennel up


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Does your pup have a high food drive?
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He is always looking for more food in his bowl and looking where I use to keep the bag of food in the garage


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He is 8 weeks old


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We have TONS of previous threads about training treats, you should be able to find plenty of suggestions here: German Shepherd Dog Forums - Search Results
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My boy (Nemo - 4 months) loves simply loves "Smokehouse Duck Tenders Dog Treats", he only gets them when it's time to go into his crate. Once he sees me get the bag, he's off like a rocket to his crate (God forbide there is anyone in his way, lol) and inside in a sit waiting for me to catch up and give them to him.
I don't even have to tell him, though I do say "crate up".

I only give them to him when he needs to be crated so he associates the crate with his favorite treat and has no problems going in.

He does get other treats during training, or just cause, but the duck tenders only when going to his crate.
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No treats or rewards for pottying. I simply name it when they do it so it turns into a habit when they hear the command after a few weeks.
If you use treats for this they quickly learn to "have to go" a zillion times a day.
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If you use treats for this they quickly learn to "have to go" a zillion times a day.
Has that happened to you? I ALWAYS use treats when housebreaking a puppy and have NEVER had that issue before. I also always give a treat when I put the puppy in their crate at night, at least for the first few months.

Our dogs are now 7 and 4, and we leave them in a chain link pen in our garage when we're gone (with a dog door to an outside run for potties), and although they no longer get treats for going in their crates at night they get a biscuit every single time we leave the house - still! And guess what? They RUN to the garage and into the pen when it's time for us to leave the house.
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Kylie had problems with the store-bought treats I tried. I ended up using boiled chicken cut into little pieces about the size of peas.

I started off treating her every time she went in her crate and every time she used the bathroom outside. I started intermittently treating for both around 3.5 months (got her at 2.5 months) and completely stopped treating for it at 4 months.
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Has that happened to you? I ALWAYS use treats when housebreaking a puppy and have NEVER had that issue before. I also always give a treat when I put the puppy in their crate at night, at least for the first few months.

Our dogs are now 7 and 4, and we leave them in a chain link pen in our garage when we're gone (with a dog door to an outside run for potties), and although they no longer get treats for going in their crates at night they get a biscuit every single time we leave the house - still! And guess what? They RUN to the garage and into the pen when it's time for us to leave the house.
No this was a dog training client of mine with a super clever Westie She would sit by the door, to be let out to "go potty", would actually squat without peeing (no, she dodn't have an UTI), run back in to earn her treat. After ignoring her for some time, she finally quit fooling everyone.

Mine get a night treat and when I go away. I love that routine. It helps when we are in hotels or camping etc.
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