Originally Posted by allornothing
Thanks all! He still has no interest in dog treats, but husband is at the store right now picking up a package of hot dogs and cheese for him and we will try those.
Let us know how the hot dogs and cheese work out with your new dog.
Here is a post I wrote regarding using high value foods for training our dogs.
I wrote it for other issues, but I am betting you may find it useful in your case as well! Just sub out some of the other dog issues below for your non food motivated dog!
Here's the post:
When counter conditioning reactive dogs...use only HIGHEST VALUE food treats!
When working with reactive dogs and counter conditioning them to seeing other dogs... use HIGHEST VALUE food
... When working with our reactive dogs (or shy, fearful dogs) please really consider what food rewards you are using. This can really make huge differences in the success you have with these special sensitive dogs.
So, when you are working with a reactive dog that is uncomfortable around other dogs or is merely unable to see another dog without freaking out and barking/lunging, etc.... and he/she isn't able to focus/look at you, or is refusing to listen to you,
or cannot stop reacting....or is showing negative or aggressive body language AND is not at all interested in your food rewards/treats that you are offering, I always like to ask the question:
WHAT foods rewards are you using??
Are you using dry treats or biscuits or kibble or store bought treats
? Most of these dry, non smelly treats simply won't work for reactive dogs upon seeing other dogs, or in fearful situations, or high distraction areas.
I use only the HIGHEST VALUE foods
when training super hard situations.... like acclimating a dog to being ok around other dogs .....or helping a dog overcome their fears.
The food has to smell really good
to divert their attention away from their fears or worrisome stimuli. Basically I look at at as the food has to be worth the risk in the dog's mind!!
Examples I use regularly are home cooked chicken, meats, cheese, liver, gizzards, hamburger, hotdogs, low fat deli turkey, etc. No dry food for these occasions until they can start focusing on me regularly and easily.
And I give very small pieces, so I can reward, reward, reward all good behavior choices!!!