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Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby MOhunter08 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:48 am

When I first started treat training I got a few different kinds of training treats. These were soft chew-able treats. What I bought were, Blue, Science Diet, and Duck Dynasty treats. My dog didn't like any of those for some reason or another. (Possibly too hard, idk?) I read somewhere you could use small chunks of hot dogs. What do you use and what kind do you find works best? I thought also about buyin some pupperoni treats from like walmart?
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby goldfish » Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:23 am

I can't remember the brand, but they are tiny kibble sized soft treats. The trainer I was working with when my dog was a pup said you want to use soft treats, not hard. Reason being they don't need to move their head to eat a soft treat, where as a hard treat they end up chewing and have to lower their head to move it around their mouth, which breaks their focus from you.

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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby Dakota Creek » Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:43 am

Handful of dog kibble in my pocket ..... or the smallest mini dog biscuits I can find. Why spend $'s on specialty treats when all they need is a reward for accomplishing the task asked of them. And I can't think of a lab around here that would turn down a kibble or two when offered as a treat!
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby Rhock19 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:54 am

The lady friend makes em with sweet potatoe baby food and flour. Bakes them in the oven and they come out like little doggy pizza rolls. Theyre soft enough to break up for training too. Cheap and effective
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby labman63 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:27 am

A pat on the head and a good boy.
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby Dakota Creek » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:29 am

labman63 wrote:A pat on the head and a good boy.


That too! :biggrin:
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby Max4Holly » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:36 am

Zukes treats
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby sgk » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:47 pm

I cut up those soft bacon strip looking treats into 1/2inch lengths and use those. you can get a pocketful of treats out of one strip and the pups can swallow them without a lot of chewing and get back to work.
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby tenfingergrip » Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:05 pm

Puperoni treats from Walmart. Been using them for about 20 years training the pups on obedience. (Sit, Here, Down, Kennel, Heel) Cut them up into less than 1/2 inch long pieces and put them back into the bag to keep them fresh. All you have to give is a very small piece. Fits very nicely into the breast pocket of the shirt for easy access.
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby TopWop » Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:35 pm

What exactly is treat training? If it's to get your dog to get
a beer from the fridge or fetch a bag of chips, that's great.
If it's to bribe a dog to do it's job, not a fan. Leave that
to the seal trainers at the zoo.

Doesn't it confuse the animal when you don't have any treats?
I know it's hard enough going through the bank drive through
and getting stiffed on a treat. Rocki acts like it's my fault.
Why would I want to add that confusion to training?

I use "because I said so" " you heard me" "you know the rules"
"I'll give you something to whine about" among others.

Let the debate begin...
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby cn44 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:52 pm

Hot dogs. Easy for pup to eat quickly and not distracting from the work to eat it.. How does a 8-16 week old puppy know what sit means? Or place? Or how to get into position to heel? Or to come? Sure you can throw a chain around its neck and yank it around but why not make it fun for the pup and keep him looking at you? It's all muscle memory at that age and the pup will be eager to work.

Now, when pup gets older, into formal training. Of course treats need to be cut off. But the reward still needs to be provided to keep attitude up and dog wanting to work. This comes in with a fun bumpers etc or some good praising. Not a monotone good dog. You need to give it a good exciting from the heart praising.
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby RCLCJR » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:23 am

TopWop wrote:What exactly is treat training? If it's to get your dog to get
a beer from the fridge or fetch a bag of chips, that's great.
If it's to bribe a dog to do it's job, not a fan. Leave that
to the seal trainers at the zoo.

Doesn't it confuse the animal when you don't have any treats?
I know it's hard enough going through the bank drive through
and getting stiffed on a treat. Rocki acts like it's my fault.
Why would I want to add that confusion to training?

I use "because I said so" " you heard me" "you know the rules"
"I'll give you something to whine about" among others.

Let the debate begin...



There's a big tough guy in every thread. If this is not your style don't post.

Nothing wrong with treat training a pup but make sure you make a good transition from treat training to praise training.
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby HNTFSH » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:32 am

I think TopWop was kidding.
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby O.D.Lid » Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:04 pm

agree with the pat on the head and good boy! The bumper or duck is all the treat my dog ever got, if he didn't do what was expected of him NOT giving the bumper was the worst thing in the world
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby AJBilder » Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:15 pm

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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby i_willie12 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:23 am

I use the cheapest small milk bones from wally world for the first couple weeks of OB when client dogs get here. Just kind of easing them into me and the work.... then its all good dog and pats on head
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby pangborn83 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:15 pm

I used billjac peanut butter, and peanut butter banana flavored. That was the only ones my pup would take not bacon strips, pepperoni stick types nothing. They stink like liver (chicken and chicken liver are some of the ingredients) but she would eat them.
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Re: Treat Training. What treats do you use?

Postby Dakota Creek » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:41 pm

i_willie12 wrote:I use the cheapest small milk bones ....


Exactly .... For the most part we are all dealing with labs here (read "food hounds") ... Not exactly sure why people are spending a lot of time baking/making or $'s buying when anything coming out of your hand is a "treat" if needed in puppy training. Like i_willie12 I use the smallest mini milk bones I can find (if the small "Milk Bones" I break them into several pieces or just use a handful of kibble. Anything regardless of size coming from my hand is a "treat".
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