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Old 11-01-2012, 02:32 AM
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What do you find works best, reward wise, for your dogs? Who has food or toy motivated dogs?

-Kiba works for food. Food food food. I always joke she hates agility, but does it because of the numerous food rewards.
-Stryder is a major foodie, but he will also work really hard for his frisbee.
-Tsuki also does best with food. I can at least get awhile with using smaller and softer food because of her size and amount of teeth.
-Lincoln used to be mostly toy motivated. It took me awhile to get used to it because of all the dogs prior to him I'd use food. With working him more in a group with the dogs, he's gotten more food motivated, but for best results I use small treats and end in a huge play session with his fox toy.
-Charlie is a mixture of both. She loves stuffies and food.

Also Lincoln has a thing for carby snacks. If at any time I have something like crackers or Cheez-its (which isn't very often), I have an annoying orange blur trying his hardest to work for it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:39 AM
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Pirate works well for food, but his favorite thing to work for is his ball. Which was originally a huge PITA, because he didn't retrieve, he just wanted the ball. Then I had to go get it from him. Now he does bring it back, but he still doesn't really want to give it to me. So still a bit of a pain. I need to work on getting him to tug with me.

His mum, Tess, will work for anything. Really doesn't matter much. I was doing some agility training with her once, and I stopped to talk to a friend we were training with. Tess thought she should be rewarded, so she found this little, 1" scrap of fabric on the ground that had come off of someone else's toy, and brought it to me to tug with.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:40 AM
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Both for food.

As far as toys go, Gavroche's best is his Jolly Ball and Logan's is either the fox tail or the "Cow Nipple Sucker" I've been working on tugging as a reward for Logan and he LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES tugging with the nipple sucker lol
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:51 AM
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Food for both. Gusto will work for his tug, but food motivates him more.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:34 AM
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Food here. Both will work well enough for praise and Mia works sometimes for the ball but food is just simpler for most things and more effective.
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FOOD. Tennis balls sometimes tho.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:56 AM
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Kim -- Food. She'll work for toys but only because they mean food.
Webster -- Food. We've recently finally gotten some real intrinsic value added to tugs and he does go all goofy and leap-y for tennis balls but it all goes back to food.
Mira -- Toys and food. Particularly retrieveable toys...tennis balls, bumpers, and the like. If I try to give her food rewards while retrieving she will either spit them out or hold them in her mouth to get me off her back then drop them on her way to the next retrieve. She's a big foodie though too and switches between tug and food and short retrieves well. Full on field marks or chuck-it and she wants nothing to do with food. Her biggest reinforcer is a dead duck but ummm those don't really fit in my pocket very well and would be frowned on in agility/obedience/conformation/etc. She'll also work for praise but it's not as flashy.

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:04 AM
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Food.

Even the thought of food. I can hold my fingers together like I'm holding a real small treat and yoshi goes crazy trying to do what I ask so she can get to the 'treat'
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With mine it depends. The three youngsters will work for food or toys almost equally well depending on the situation. Whim is most excited by things involving chasing. Whim has a harder time switching from one reward to another than Savvy. Roust has a hard time letting go of his toys but he doesn't get stuck on just having the toy (he had that tendency when he was younger for sure). Whim and Savvy also love to play silly games, Roust isn't quite there yet.

The older group: Jagger likes toys, tugging and food pretty much equal depending the the circumstance. he also likes to play as a reward and is well versed in getting "life rewards", probably the most of any of my dogs. Ziggy likes toys, tugging and food but he finds taking a reward in a stimulating situation like while doing agility to be annoying. I have a recent video of him where he's tugging like crazy, I'm lifting him off the ground but as soon as we start doing agility he can't really think about the toy. he just runs around growling and barking if I try to get him interested in the toy. He will take food, so that is the only reward I can use in agility with him but he doesn't almost like food in agility the way he normally likes food. He's one of the most frantic dogs I have ever known LOL. Loki and Belle are the only two that don't really like toys in training. Loki I got at almost a year old and I think she was discouraged from playing with people in her first home. She likes toys but not in an interactive way. And Belle is just weird LOL
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Rumor: toys, frisbee, tug, ball.... anything. She will tug and fetch until the cows come home. As she ages she's becoming a bit more like her mom and is more of a foodie now than she has ever been. She doesn't switch between toys and food though, so toys win preference with her. All of our shaping sessions are with food and she's quite a motivated shaper.

Zen: toys, he loves his bumper, frisbee, tug toy, ball, jolly ball, whatever. I don't let him retrieve much anymore due to him being 100% kamikaze and really doing a number on his iliopsoas before, but we still tug maniacally. If he does any fetches they are short, low to the ground, or else I throw the toy and make him wait until it lands then send him. In the conformation ring we use food, and for shaping we use food, so he likes either.
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