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Old 12-22-2017, 10:21 PM
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Training Treats? HELP

I have a Min Pin/Terrier mix. I am trying to train him with treats. I have attached an image of the treat that I had recently purchased and he isn't too found of it. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on yummylicious treats that would make your puppy go crazy over which helped with Training?
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I have several dogs i train, and use a variety of training treats.
I then have the dog i am training show me in what order the rate it.
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I use high value rewards for special performance i really like, mediocre for mediocre training. etc.

training treats in your pic are 4 x the size of treat i would use.
During tracking, upon correct indication of articles, i crack open a tin of sardines, and we PARTY! jack pot style.
I use:
chopped carrots, baked in oven, in animal fat, till consistency i want.
cheese
any meat raw
any meat cooked
sausage
anything i am eating, is highest value according to my dogs

cut up really really tiny! or they get full fast.
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Hi! I like to use freeze dried beef liver treats for my dog, and she loves them. This is for regular training. For special circumstances like training recall and making her stop barking at people on walks, I'll use tiny pieces of cheese
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I boil chicken breast and shred it up to use for my training sessions. I just put some in a plastic bag in a pouch I wear on my belt.

For other treats, like I always reward both dogs after they come back inside after going potty, I have duck jerky for dogs that I get from Wegmans. My older dog is on a strict grain free diet, so I can feed these to both dogs with no issues. I just break up the pieces.
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I second using freeze-dried beef liver. They're healthy and can be given as big chunks (for big successes) or tiny crumbs (as a token prize). I've never seen a dog that wasn't pretty interested in these.

I also don't use one kind of treat for one type of training, and another for another type. I just use high-value treats all the time and adjust the size. I've never seen any indication that it makes any difference or that the dog gets bored with one kind of treat. But, I also work with dogs who mostly learn because they enjoy the challenge. The treat just helps keep the focus a little sharper and longer. Frequently, I find that my dogs start to forget about the treat. They are excited to get the [click] and have to be reminded to take the treat.

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I have to watch calories with my boy or he gains weight, and he's sensitive to chicken so he needs chicken free treats.

His favorite treats are Wellness Core 100% Boar freeze dried treats. They are around 2 calories per treat. Second favorite is Wellness Core Pure Rewards Beef & Venison. Those are around 6 calories per treat. I use both of those for working with his reactivity and teaching new things, the treats are broken into little piece in order to train longer and not have him gain weight.

The other treat I use is Pet Botanics MINI Training Rewards Bacon or Beef. Those are 1 1/2 per treat, and I mix them in with the higher value treats, I also break them up into smaller pieces.
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Bacon, sausage or hot dog broken into little pieces. My dog showed he liked pork treats the best but those can be hard to find. Bacon or sausage treats work well and I'm very popular with all the dogs at the dog park when I carry those. I call my dog and ten dogs run over and ignore their owners with their own treats lol.
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