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Getting puppy to take treats nicely

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Bexhed, Oct 1, 2013.


  1. Bexhed

    Bexhed PetForums Junior

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    Hello!

    We have so far mastered sit and paw but how do I get my puppy Odie to take his training treats gently? He is snatching them at the moment.

    Thanks!
     
  2. smokeybear

    smokeybear PetForums VIP

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    Hold treat in your fist, palm downwards
    Allow dog to try and get hand open with lips, mouth, paws etc
    Do not move hand

    The NANO SECOND dog steps back from hand say "GOOD", OPEN hand and feed from PALM

    Then you can move to a "crane" hand, treat between thumb and forefinger and repeat.

    (This teaches dogs to be safe around small children with their pointy hands)

    If you snatch your hand away when dog is mugging it, he will get stronger, harder and faster.

    HTH
     
  3. Jenny Olley

    Jenny Olley PetForums VIP

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    Agree with Smokeybears advice, once you get on to feeding with food between the thumb and finger, I would do loads of feeding this way, not just treats, but the dogs actual food, gives pup loads of practice.
    Also be aware that environments can effect how pup takes food, so if there are other dogs around, in class/on the field, they may start to be a bit grabby again, so repeat the process.
     
  4. Bexhed

    Bexhed PetForums Junior

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    Thank you, we will practise this way! My fingers are sore from his little pointy teeth! He's seems pretty smart, picking things up quickly so time to get this nipped in the bud (scuse the pun!)
     
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