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    I have been using my dog's regular bikkies to train her, because she's not very food driven and if I feed her out of a bowl she gets distracted and doesn't eat as much as she should, and she is too skinny to begin with.

    She does sits and downs and stands quite well in the house or backyard, but outside she ignores the dry food because everything else is more interesting.

    She goes crazy over wet food, so I can use that, but it's sooo messy and icky! By the time I finish it's all over my fingers and usually some on the floor too. I have also used ham and cheese, but I would prefer something dry that I can put in my pocket for walks.

    So what's a really high value DRY treat that I can offer her? And where can I buy it? I have been checking out the pet stores for good treats, but they all look very boring to me..

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    I think preferring not to feed your dog because it's "icky" is wrong. That's the way I read it, at least. If your dog is skinny, then FEED her what she wants.

    I just use a spoon to scoop out the wet food right into the bowl. I don't get any of it on my hands or floor (how are you feeding her o.O).

    You don't have to use food to train your dog. My dog is also not food driven. I just give him plenty of praise. You could try a game of fetch or tug-o-war if your dog responds well to it.

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    I cut cheese up into small cubes and put it in a treat bag, that way you don't get any mess in your pockets.

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    I feed her what she wants, she gets the wet food in her kong a couple of times a day. I'm talking about treats I can use to train her, and wet food works well because she loves it, but it's icky. I don't care if she eats wet food out of her bowl, that's fine, I just don't want it on my fingers while training her.

    Cheese cubes might be a good idea

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    Sorry, you made it sound like she's skinny, you feed her dry (and also use the food as treats) which she doesn't particularly like, and that she loves wet but you don't like giving it to her because it's messy and icky. I made the assumption that she's skinny because she wasn't getting enough food.

    Have you tried toys over food for a reward?

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    Liver treats are good. Kimba will do anything for them.
    Otherwise we buy these- Nature's Gift - 200g Liver Mini Treats
    They are small and soft so the dog can eat them quickly and they love them. They are softer than biscuits and are not messy.
    You buy them from Woolies and Coles for $3 or $4. they have a few different flavours too.

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    Cool, thanks

    I haven't tried using toys yet, but I might do that as well.

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    I was going to suggest Natures gift as well and the liver treats.
    I use boiled chicken breast.

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    i use dryed liver and break a piece off at a time, Peg loves it

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    Roxie is not very food driven. She does go crazy for schmackoes but praise works better, so we just do that. You don't have to train with food.

    A good treat that Rox likes are liver treats. Not sure what they're called sorry, but you get them from coles, they're in a white packet and look like little chocolate squares. I have never met a dog that doesn't like them. They last for ages, aren't expensive and are really easy to break.

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