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    I'm sure some of you will recognise this. Doing reward-based training makes you a magnet to dogs in a km radius when out and about!

    I always have the treat bag with some chopped ham, chicken or frankfurts clipped on when I take my dog to the off-leash area. This spot is a strip of about 100 metres wide and a couple of kms long, with 3 parallel paths. And when the weather's good there are lots of people walking dogs.

    Then I see them running up to us, my dog lies flat on her belly in anticipation of a play, jumps up when the dog is a couple of metres away only for the dog to run straight past her and come to me begging for treats. Some of them can be really pushy too! There's one dog that looks like a small horse and he will actually try to snatch the bag of me. Even nibbled my fingers when I put my hand over the bag!

    There's also those dogs that remember their training and will come running up to me and then do the most perfect sit looking at the treat bag expectantly. Hard to resist!

    And today there was a bulldog type dog who tried to hump my legs! But maybe that wasn't the treats, maybe he just loved me for me.

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    Haha I have learnt NEVER to bring treats to the offleash, fenced dog park. You get doggie raped LMAO

    Bulldog humping your leg, hope it wasnt mine!
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    I always take treats.

    Sometimes I've been mugged or had attempted mugging. Dealt with a poodle treat bag snatcher by grabbing the loose skin on its face while me and a friend picked up all the spilled treats. Sigh.

    Most dogs figure out when they're not getting a treat from me and go off and do their own thing.

    I find it's good distraction training for my dog. She's no saint herself when it comes to treat raiding. She can spot a treat hand out a mile off and line up with a lovely sit and paddle dance combined with doggy push ups. If person with treat is rewarding her for jumping up, I ban them from giving her treats or I put her on lead when they're around. There is a particulary bad woman who shows up at the afternoon oval and deals with the doggy treat seakers by chucking handfulls of dog food everywhere. My dog goes on lead and stays on lead while she's around. Sigh.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 09-01-2011 at 10:04 PM.

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    Yes, that is what happens to me at Obedience. I am the person with the liver treats.....
    Pied piper of puppies
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    Yes, that is what happens to me at Obedience. I am the person with the liver treats.....
    Pied piper of puppies
    Lol, Newfsie, me too. I'm sure the dogs in class think of me as 'Chicken Lady'.
    Some pups can't get from the gate to class fast enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    Lol, Newfsie, me too. I'm sure the dogs in class think of me as 'Chicken Lady'.
    Some pups can't get from the gate to class fast enough!
    Yes make a good impression on the owners "awww the dogs love you so much" LOL.....smart dogs
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    Yes make a good impression on the owners "awww the dogs love you so much" LOL.....smart dogs
    Yet... The owners just never seem to pick up on the hint to bring high value treats... They just keep turning up with the same old dry stuff while their dogs perform awesomely for me and only moderately for them. I mean, I know it it the treats, not my super-duper-ness!!!

    Do you get this? Any tips?

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    We do a Lecture with out dog pre-course. We go through everything. We show treats and we show how dogs react to different treats.
    We even give recipes, or suggest chicken, cheese, little franks and such.
    First day with dogs, people turn up with dry dog food.....

    So I show them how the dogs love my treats, the next week dry food again LOL
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