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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-20-2008, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Treats, what is acceptable?

I was wondering opinions of what treats to use for training? Is it better to use dog treats or human food? Dog is 22 week female who has responded fairly well to using dog treats and when she was younger I just used her puppy food (treats were giving her the poops) I just don't want to give her things that are unhealthy for her. Thanks


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Re: Treats, what is acceptable?

I always liked treats that were soft and easy for the dog to eat in small bits quickly. I made liver treats that were a hit for my crew once, but, i'll never do it again, I had to LEAVE the house it stunk so bad.

Just used for training some dogs can/like things like bits of hotdog or pieces of cheese. You dont have to use the same treat for everything I think. I will/would save the really really tastey treats (like pieces of cooked chicken or bacon) for things the dog was having a "harder" time learning or just not really interested in learning.

I also couple it with praise and eventually weed out giving treats all the time to just sometimes. I know things like onions, grapes, nuts and raisens arent good for dogs so I would maybe stay away from that.

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Re: Treats, what is acceptable?

For training I use 'real' treats. And that tends to NOT be dog treats. Anything soft, I can cut up small, my dog loves (and they digest well) is good for me.

Most of my leftovers work, be it pizza, cheese, any meats, tortellinis, hotdogs.........

Cause I cut them so small (pea-sized?) they have to then have a huge flavor 'bang' for the teeny bite. The point is they must be swallowed not chewed, so it's a quick reward and then we move on (maybe to another quick reward!).

Dog classes are really ideal to work with the treats/timing/leash/collar thing.

And if you use a clicker you are really on the right track!


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Re: Treats, what is acceptable?

The only commercial treats I use are Zuke's Minis (and I cut each mini in half) and Wellness Wellbites (and I cut each bite into nine pieces). Usually I use Natural Balance food roll, cut into pea-sized bites. The food roll is dog food, a complete diet, so it's not fatty and grainy like most "treats". I also use cheese or cook a chicken breast in the microwave and pick off bits.

My rules with treats are it needs to not be solid (ie, not dry and crunchy), pea-sized (dog should not have to chew), and the smellier the better!

Some dogs do fine with kibble, others don't. You want the treat to motivate the dog, but not get the dog so distracted he can't learn. Sometimes you need different treats for different situations. For example, to train a solid recall I want to use a REALLY good treat for a LONG time because a recall is a safety issue, not just a cute trick.
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Re: Treats, what is acceptable?

Thanks for the replies. I noticed tonite while we were out playing some fetch/frisbee that she would try to eat the dry stuff so fast that she would take off running after the frisbee and then start choking. So i stopped right away.

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Re: Treats, what is acceptable?

I also use Natural Balance, cut into tiny cubes.
I also have different kinds of treats during a session and depending on the level reward accordingly. Natural balance or hotdogs are ranked above cheese or liver which is in turn above crackers, toys etc.
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Re: Treats, what is acceptable?

I als asked this question awhile back and got alot of good responses. I had a very hard time with Duke on certain treats because he seemed not to like any of them that i was giving him. So i took the advise of everyone on here and boiled a chicken breast, got the string cheese, bacon, hot dogs, and some kind of salmon treats.

He now will do just about anything for each and every one of those treats. Exspecially the hotdogs and most favorite the salmon treats (beware they smell awful) but he loves them! Good luck with it!

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