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Old 10-14-2012, 05:22 PM
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So my 5 year old boxer is really not a big foodie. At home, he will begrudgingly take a treat, but only if it's something like liver. Dry, plain dog cookies he won't touch, even if given for free.

Fruits and veggies are a no.

Meat is a big yes at home. So in anticipation of starting classes with him tomorrow, any ideas for a treat I can use that's not too messy, meaty, but not too rich as to cause diarrhea?
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:33 PM
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Deli ends are one of my most common. You can get a bland turkey or chicken if you are lucky; my dogs are also good with ham or roast beef, but they don't have sensitive tummies. If I'm feeling really lazy/running late, I'll just buy one of those packages of grilled chicken strips for putting on salads and stuff.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:55 PM
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Ah the chicken strips! Good idea. Someone else suggested turkey meatballs. Right now I'm cooking some tuna fudge to see if that's palatable enough for him.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:56 PM
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I find using a mixed bag of different treats works better than one kind no matter what I have in the mix.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:59 PM
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Have you tried toys? My dog is super food motivated but when I have no treats having her do a fetch or 'bring it here' as we call it XD is a really close second place reward for her.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:22 PM
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Red.Apricot, that's a good idea.
I've made some tuna loaf but I'm going to take some liver too.

Toys aren't a big motivator for him. He lives for praise so hopefully I will be able to rely on that, and not just the treats. Treats just seem so much more quantifiable and tangible though so we'll see.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:26 PM
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Yummie chummies are always a big hit here. Zukes are too!!!
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hot dogs? cheese? lol
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:34 PM
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I've never heard of yummie chummies-- are they squishy?

Zukes we've tried, hotdogs we tried. They were a no.

Cheese is hit or miss.
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Dice up some chicken and dehydrate it in the oven at home? I've done that before.

I dehydrated elk liver at home in anticipation of Scout refusing treats in reactivity class. She didn't, but refused the Nature's Selects treats someone else brought for us all to try.
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