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Great training treats?

Anyone have any recipes or names of fabulous/can't miss training treats? Nyxie is not motivated enough by what I have tried so far. I need to get her to do faster "downs" and the food I've been using is just not yummy enough to make her drop to the floor.

I've tried: dried chicken/duck/salmon, Bil Jac, hot dogs (plain and with cheese in it), turkey slices, cheese cubes. I would have thought she would be all over one of these things but nope. She likes them but they do not excite her - and I need her to be more excited!

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have you tried Peporoni sticks?
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What about not using food all the time and mixing up the reward with a tug or ball?
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I use natural balance rolls, string cheese and cooked chicken~ my dog is hungry when we train and has huge food drive. I still mix up the toys and treats.

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Food is very good for teaching. If you are at the point where you are looking to make speed and drive in an exercise then perhaps a ball will work better.

When I use food I typically use kibble or hotdogs.


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She eats twice a day and I don't feed her the evening meal when it's a training class night, but she still just doesn't act all enthusiastic in class about her food (nor at home). She has a couple favorite toys that I may try. She's been acting so comatose and sleepy (or bored maybe?) in the last few training classes even though I make sure not to overdo or work her that day. Tonight she nearly fell asleep on the down stay! The sit stay turned into a down nearly every time that I tried tonight. Maybe the class was boring her to sleep!

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I think some dogs do get bored with obedience. Use a toy that is high value for training only, that may help. And act like a fool with it to engage her!

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You can try packaged frozen meatballs--works quite well--has a strong odor that the dogs love.

Also, I use some of the dogfood "sausage" rolls--can't think of the name right now. But my guys like the meatballs better.

Beef jerky is also a popular item. Or salmon jerky--Plato's has a nice dog treat of salmon jerky.

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Wellness sells some good treats and there are also recipes in the recipe section for liver-Rorie loves the wellness treats
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Lakota doesn't usually have enthusiasm and sometimes she is in slow motion.
How about steak? I use london broil, slice & cut into small pieces a little bigger than pea size. If you concider the price of designer treats its a lot cheaper.
When I make liver brownies, the dogs go crazy for them. They stink up the house when your baking them but my dogs would do cartwheels for them.

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I use natural balance rolls
These can be found at Petco or PetSmart or probably any other pet store. Pimg goes absolutely crazy over cubed pieces of them. They are much higher value for her than even hotdogs.

I agree with others though. If the dog isn't food motivated, then try different toys. In my very strict agility school (seriously- there are all kinds of crazy rules), they had no problem with me bringing a tug and playing tug with her during class. And Pimg is definitely the biggest, "scariest" dog at the school. Most of them have little agility dogs like Shelties and are clearly a bit weary of my GSD next to their little toy dog. Anyway- point being- your obedience school may not have a problem at all with you bringing a toy to class to use as a reward.

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