I've been doing some work with my dachshund pup Dexter. He's had his last needle now so I can start taking him on outings. The main things I'm trying to focus on to start with are recall and walking at my side. So far he's doing pretty well, he's been out probably 5 times so far to various places. I always try and pick somewhere quiet with few or no people so there's not much in the way of distractions.
It's not too much of an issue but as I'm walking and he's at my side where I want him to be, I try and feed him treats as we're walking, but because he's so little I have to nearly stop walking to get low enough to reach his mouth to give the treat, and he's taken to launching at my hand to grab it and I quite often end up with a pointy tooth dragging down my finger. Any ideas on how I can stop this?
Also with recall, he's pretty good so far. I got him running about 30 meters between my partner and I several times. But is there anyway to get their attention when they find an interesting patch to sniff? I understand your treat has to be awesome for giving up whatever was so interesting for them, but if they don't know that you have a really awesome treat, how do you convince them to stop what they're doing and come to you? For instance, I had him at the dam and chose a spot with a large patch of grass and the nearest people were a while away. I was using pepperoni and bacon as treats which he likes, and he was doing really well until he found some kangaroo droppings, I had to go and get him because nothing I did could get his attention away from it, I even had to chase him briefly to get it out of his mouth because he was eating it. He's obsessed with eating droppings! I don't know what the appeal is, but he loves it! I keep ducks and they're rather messy with their droppings and he just runs around munching on it, it's disgusting. Anyone got any ideas for treats that going to be more appealing than poop?