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    Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Yesterday I had the absolute worst puppy class so far. My puppy was ignoring my treats outright and was distracted by everything (as per usual with her). My instructor gave me some of her treats which were exactly the same as I was using - Natural Balance - but they were in bigger chunks. That was the only difference. I've also noticed at home she will start becoming less and less enthused about high value treats, even ones that I don't use that much such as chicken for Crate Games and handling.

    Has anyone ever had an experience with a dog that has "treat fatigue" and what did you do to combat it? Mix up the treats all in a bag and just randomize which treat they get? Or using one treat for a few days, then another treat for another few days and rotate? Or is this treat fatigue thing all in my head?

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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    I'll generally buy 5-10 different types of high quality treats, mix them up and chop them to smaller sizes. It's a different treat every time and my puppy has never ignored it. I also use kibble a lot because my dog for whatever reason loves it.

    I also usually bring the treat in the direction of his nose so he gets a good whiff of it before he takes the bite.

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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Which commercial treats have worked best for you? My puppy seems to like the Salmon Zukes and the Cheddar Tricky Trainers. She seems just okay with the dehydrated liver which I've heard most dogs think of as doggy crack.

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    We had the same problem in our first class. Obedience classes tend to be much, much higher distraction than other places, and require the use of much, much higher value treats. I recommend using something soft and smelly. Cheese and hot dogs work really well. Those kinds of moist, squishy things we really only use for class.

    For commercial treats, we've had the best experience with Orijen-brand freeze-dried treats, and freeze dried liver. Snowball pretty much ignored Zukes when we tried to use them in training class, but in Zuke's defense, it was before we'd figured out Snowball didn't like peanut butter, and that was the flavour we had. Just to clarify, are you talking about freeze-dried liver or regular dehydrated liver? They're processed differently so I'm not sure if that would affect how dogs react to them. If your pup isn't into the freeze-dried beef liver, you can also get freeze-dried duck liver or chicken liver, chicken breast, shrimp, cheddar cheese, whitefish, turkey breast...
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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Yes, exactly that. I use a ton of Orijen freese-dried treats, my guy loves them and they break apart very nicely. They even smell kind of good to me. Haha. Otherwise, you can cut up those beef/lamb rolls into little cubes and add them in separately to your treat bag (for the session, not the mixed up treat container), they are soft, small and smell good.

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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Okay, I'll give the Orijen a shot.

    I'm not 100% sure what the liver is, but it's Pure Bites so I think it's freeze dried and not dehydrated. Have you found a difference between the two?

    I've also noticed Nellie doesn't really go nuts for the peanut butter but does for the Salmon. She was concentrating okay with the salmon but was REALLY going for the cheddar tricky trainers and the turkey rolls the instructor had (like I said, exactly the same as the one I was using, maybe mine just weren't fresh enough).

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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Get a box of precooked frozen meatballs. My trainer refers to those as "puppy crack". Cheese strings are another option.

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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Quote Originally Posted by ayln View Post
    Okay, I'll give the Orijen a shot.

    I'm not 100% sure what the liver is, but it's Pure Bites so I think it's freeze dried and not dehydrated. Have you found a difference between the two?

    I've also noticed Nellie doesn't really go nuts for the peanut butter but does for the Salmon. She was concentrating okay with the salmon but was REALLY going for the cheddar tricky trainers and the turkey rolls the instructor had (like I said, exactly the same as the one I was using, maybe mine just weren't fresh enough).
    PureBites is the brand we use. I personally haven't used dehydrated liver, I just know that it is available. I've never used it because it seems more like something to chew on than a treat, and Snowball's not a big chewer. I will say though, that freshness definitely makes a difference. But sometimes so can the trainer. When we did our class, Snowball wouldn't walk down the A-frame for me, but he would for my trainer, even though we were using identical treats (like, she had literally handed one to me seconds before). Sometimes its just something about a person's body language or relationship that makes a dog respond differently.
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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    I make my own treats, I dehydrate beef heart, pork heart and kidney and sometimes boneless chicken breast. Dogs go crazy over these threats, never saw any dog turn one down

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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda1947 View Post
    I make my own treats, I dehydrate beef heart, pork heart and kidney and sometimes boneless chicken breast. Dogs go crazy over these threats, never saw any dog turn one down
    You haven't met my dog... He LOVED his homemade dehydrated chicken breast and beef heart for about 2 weeks. Then one day, he just turned his nose up... I've tried more store bought treats then I can remember, homemade treats, string cheese, hotdogs, cooked liver, cheese-whiz, peanut butter, everything I could think of and everything that anyone suggested to me. I've tried doing a single mix bag with a bunch of different treats. I've tried rotating the treats every day, or every few days, or even every session. Nothing works. He'll get excited about a new treat for a little while, but if he's had it before, he'll take one or two, and then ignore me. I'm completely out of ideas.

    Granted, this is the same dog that took 2 days to realize that he wasn't getting fed if he didn't come in the house. For 2 days I would go outside every hour and offer him treats and his dinner, and all he had to do was come over to me and let me touch his collar. For two days he got to sleep outside in not the greatest weather, with no food, because I was sick of chasing him. He's really just that stubborn... :-/



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    Re: Treat fatigue/dog picky with treats

    Quote Originally Posted by troglodytezzz View Post
    Get a box of precooked frozen meatballs. My trainer refers to those as "puppy crack". Cheese strings are another option.
    This!!!
    Roman loves meatballs too!

    He also loves small pieces of hot dogs, hamburgers (I stuff them in his hollow bone & he will chew on it for an hour), PB, butter & cream cheese (mascapone to switch cream cheese up), hard cheeses assorted, oh and ice chunks (I freeze ice in bowls) he loooves when weather gets warmer (he loves it in the winter too) great for teething. He gets some raw treats too... like deer. Wild games & fish hubby catches.
    Any leftover meats (chicken, beef, steak, deer etc.) etc...

    The more types of treats the better.
    I don't do much commercial treats because Roman is just not too crazy for them...
    Most times during petstore visits, the sales people will give him one or two treats... he'll look at me for directions, when I indicated he could, he will just take it in the mouth... hold treat for a min. or two then spits it out.

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