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    Our new dog seems to be a bit fussy when it comes to treats?

    We've only had her a few days. She's a 4 year old Springer Spaniel and was a show dog who got spooked in the ring. This meant her owner had now use for her. Sounds harsh...

    We have yet to find her a treat that she likes. I don't know what we're going to use to use positive reinforcement to train her.

    Does anyone know a treat that dogs just can't resist?

    Jarrod

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    Hey what have you tried?

    Give sardines a try i know my dog (Tony) cant resist them.

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    I use Zwiki Peak when training, very strong in smell and you do not normally see a dog refuse. You can easily break off pieces even for the smaller breeds.

    You could also try cabana or cheese.

    Only thing with any of the above, don't leave in your clothes pocket (buy a treat bag), unless you do the washing. Then you only have yourself to blame.

    Try to get a treat that is a treat, not normally a food that you would normally give your dog. (Your dog needs to see value in what it is getting.) If your dog still doesn't respond, try withholding a meal until you have completed your training. Once training is over for the day, then feed your dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayrod View Post
    I use Zwiki Peak when training, very strong in smell and you do not normally see a dog refuse. You can easily break off pieces even for the smaller breeds.

    You could also try cabana or cheese.

    Only thing with any of the above, don't leave in your clothes pocket (buy a treat bag), unless you do the washing. Then you only have yourself to blame.

    Try to get a treat that is a treat, not normally a food that you would normally give your dog. (Your dog needs to see value in what it is getting.) If your dog still doesn't respond, try withholding a meal until you have completed your training. Once training is over for the day, then feed your dog.
    Great point you should always train your dog before a meal as they are more inclined to do what you ask for food.

    If you try using treats before a meal you will get much better results.

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    Hi there

    I know it doesn't solve the treat problem, but perhaps you could use a toy? Some dogs prefer toys to food.

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    Try Smackoes,they are really smelly,to dogs.Or my dogs favorite treat,raw carrot sticks.She will do anything for a carrot stick.Its really worth keeping up the search as a treat can be such a helpful tool.One of our friends couldnt find any treat his dog liked so he carries a pocketful of the dry dogfood she eats,even that seems to work out on a walk.Sometimes if a dog sees another dog react to a treat well,he will realise,hey this is good,this is desirable,I do like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kismet View Post
    Try Smackoes,they are really smelly,to dogs.Or my dogs favorite treat,raw carrot sticks.She will do anything for a carrot stick.Its really worth keeping up the search as a treat can be such a helpful tool.One of our friends couldnt find any treat his dog liked so he carries a pocketful of the dry dogfood she eats,even that seems to work out on a walk.Sometimes if a dog sees another dog react to a treat well,he will realise,hey this is good,this is desirable,I do like it.
    Smackos work well although i dont like giving Tony treats that have been processed, also they dry him out quite a lot so make sure there is sufficient water when giving smackos.

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    Dried liver is a great treat, but only occasionally. I buy fresh liver, slice very thinly, and dry it out in a cool oven.

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    Liver Treats seems to be something all dogs like, but dont give him to much of them or he can get the runs. Also Roo Sticks are popular and well taken to by most dogs.

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    My old dog Jess never liked treats. It didn't matter what it was, she would sniff it, then push it into my hand with her nose and that was it!!No interest...she just loved being praised by pats and me being silly with her..or throwing the ball!

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