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Old 04-10-2019, 10:16 AM
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He likes chicken alot? If you can spare a few dollars get a cheap dehydrator and make some chicken jerky. My dog isnt food motivated but the homemade chicken jerky is something he really likes for some reason. Plus you can put it in your pocket and its not nasty. A 5$ pack of chicken breast goes a long way for jerky. You can get a dehydrator at walmart and if he doesn't go for the jerky just return the dehy.
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He likes chicken alot? If you can spare a few dollars get a cheap dehydrator and make some chicken jerky. My dog isnt food motivated but the homemade chicken jerky is something he really likes for some reason. Plus you can put it in your pocket and its not nasty. A 5$ pack of chicken breast goes a long way for jerky. You can get a dehydrator at walmart and if he doesn't go for the jerky just return the dehy.

Yes, it seems to be his absolute favorite. Chicken chunks come out and suddenly he was proficient on the lay down command. lol!



Ill check with husband. He occasionally goes to Walmart, so maybe he can pick one up sometime. And maybe a pack of chicken from walmart too.



The humane society was running a special . . . $20 for any dog > 1 years old so we could certainly justify spending a little extra for things on the front end now (ie a food dehydrator).
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Our pup did not like treats until we found dehydrated chicken treats at the farmer's market in Florida while vacationing there. He loves it and would do anything for it. It really helped to train him. I can share where I buy them, let me know.
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Our pup did not like treats until we found dehydrated chicken treats at the farmer's market in Florida while vacationing there. He loves it and would do anything for it. It really helped to train him. I can share where I buy them, let me know.

Yes, let me know, though I think I may go the dehydrator route depending on the cost but maybe start with the DCT until we can do that.
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Here is what I buy ( chicken). It has ~30 chips and I break them in half and it lasts for about 2 weeks.
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Yeah my dog gets horrible diarrhea from any chicken or peanut butter at all. He loves both and will eat them but then invariably at 4am wakes me with his nose on the bed with a frantic look in his eyes and lots of pacing to the door.

If I sleep through it, it's amazing how much pure liquid disgusting smelly diarrhea can come out of one dog in a few hours. I go through an entire roll of paper towels, or two, trying to clean up the results of sleeping one hour.

I get frankly hostile and confrontational now when I tell people in public not to feed him treats and they say I'm cruel and it's gone and not to be so controlling. I say fine you're staying over and caring for him then, and paying all medicine and bet and cleanup bills and doing ALL the cleaning!!!

I have to take him to the dog park and stay there all day. Impossible to pick up.

Plus then he's nauseous and drooling with gas and stomach pain for days or weeks afterwards and won't eat anything unless I literally force feed him and give him antinausea meds and antacids around the clock.

From a few bites of chicken or chicken flavored food or treats. Or peanut butter flavored chews or treats.
And chicken is in EVERY dog food, treat, bone, chew, etc.

The pet store nutrition specialist told me it's ridiculous because chicken allergies are increasingly common in dogs now because most dog foods put crap chicken processed parts in the foods to save costs.

Recent studies have shown that raw dog and cat foods have high levels of bacterias and contaminants that make people, dogs, other pets and children sick if exposed to them, so they're not really safe to feed dogs or leave out in households where other pets and people, especially kids can be around them, or the dogs after eating them.
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Here is what I buy ( chicken). It has ~30 chips and I break them in half and it lasts for about 2 weeks.

Thanks! The treats are only $10 and honestly the bag of the super special training treats that pup only kind of likes (though seems to be warming up to them as he is warming up to all other treats/food, though still not "excited" like for chicken) was $15 so can't complain about the cost.


But the shipping was $7 for ground and I think it'll take longer than the dehydrator @ Walmart project. Im going to see if husband can pop up to Walmart today or tomorrow and if not Ill order today!


Will definitely save that link though.
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Thanks! The treats are only $10 and honestly the bag of the super special training treats that pup only kind of likes (though seems to be warming up to them as he is warming up to all other treats/food, though still not "excited" like for chicken) was $15 so can't complain about the cost.


But the shipping was $7 for ground and I think it'll take longer than the dehydrator @ Walmart project. Im going to see if husband can pop up to Walmart today or tomorrow and if not Ill order today!


Will definitely save that link though.
To be honest, I was surprised but I checked and yes, if you buy one pack is $7 for ground. I usually buy at least 5 and it's been always free shipping, I'm in NC and it takes about 3 days to get here.
I see they have a new pack on the first(main) page with free shipping. Looks like 3 different types together.

The dehydrator is a good idea but not for me I know I might use it once but when I think about cleaning and things like that, I'm going crazy. I spent like $100 on juice maker and used twice and now it just sits there. It takes forever to clean....
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I usually buy at least 5 and it's been always free shipping, I'm in NC and it takes about 3 days to get here.
I see they have a new pack on the first(main) page with free shipping. Looks like 3 different types together.

when I think about cleaning and things like that

Oh, good catch on the free shipping one. I went ahead and bought 2 packs of the one with free shipping (bc each pack was only 2 oz). Then I can see how he likes it. And if it makes sense I can order more of the other kind and get the free shipping.


Spoke with the husband and he said he will run out at lunch today, check on the pup and grab a dehydrator. No worries on cleaning it because myself, my husband or one of my 2 children (they are older so big help) - it will get done. We make big messes often and it always gets cleaned up.



He is a funny, funny dog. He will only do his tricks for the good treats at home. But my friend stopped by yesterday to meet him and I gave her a milk bone to give him and he did all the tricks super fast for her for just a milk bone. He likes to sniff your hand and see what you have before he decides what he is going to do.


Oh and he also loves the chase a treat from the video posted. He loves it and definitely knows his new name now using that method.



Lots of great help here! Thank you so much!
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Great, it worked out. Can't wait to hear when your pup tries it.
Please share if you master the dehydrator process.
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