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Q: What are some other ways of praise that can be used to train a dog??

November 3, 2008 | By Sarah G. | 10 answers | Expired: 2134 days ago

What are some other ways of praise that can be used to train a dog??

Ok so I's trying to train Annie( my 8 month old Toy Fox Terrier)and the thing is she is way way picky with her treats and even then most times she still don't want them. She takes pretty well with verbal praise but I wanted to do something a little more than that. Anyone with any ideas please help me

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Nov 14, 2008

I often take the typical hard, dry treat (sometimes even dried dog food of the large kibble type) and place them on a plate, then sprinkle the drainings from a can of tuna (in water type, not oil) and let them dry. The added odor of the fish normally gets a dogs attention. You can vary it for variety by using chicken and beef bullion, even though they have salt, it is an insignificant amount the way you would be using it.

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teddi h.
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Nov 13, 2008

Find her favoriye toy and use it.I trained a rottie with a tennis ball.She learned sit,down.stay and find with a ball,and lots and lots of praise.Also I know it sounds kind of odd but if you have a dog already trained sometimes the dog that is not trained will pick up on the other dog and try to imitate the other dog,I seen it with a gs and a wiemer.

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Dana
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Nov 11, 2008

Try squeaky toys, keep away with a special toy, or tugging as your reward. Play is a great reinforcer for some dogs.

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Diana A.
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Nov 04, 2008

Well my dog is very picky as well. I bought some boneless skinless chicken breast and cooked them. Then I cut them up in very small pieces and used them as treats when training. When I'm not using them, I freeze them for the next time. He loves them and will do anything I ask for a bite of chicken!

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Nov 04, 2008

We had only one dog that did not seem to like any treats, including carrots that the other dogs love. So I kept a small bowl in the fridge with a small amount of liverwurst in it. I would place a half-dozen regular treats (generic supermarket brand) and whenever I offered the "flavored" treat, she went for it and in made training much easier.

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Ethel02
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Nov 03, 2008

If she prefers the verbal praise do it, that is special to her.

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Tina J.
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Nov 03, 2008

If your dog does not respond to food you can do clicker training. They sell the clickers are most pet stores. What you do is use the clicker with a treat or praise every time they do what you want, then eventually you can just use the clicker without the food, I think you would still want to praise though.

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Brian K.
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Nov 03, 2008

Try lots of different treats. As suggested, most dogs like carrots. Several companies make sweet potato treats, our dogs love apples or even small pieces of bread. Sure is healthier than a milk bone! Praise her when she takes the treat so that she associates the action with the treat and praise. Then do it again and again. Don't go overboard and get her excited, just say "good girl".

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Anonymous
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Nov 03, 2008

If he likes play, you can release him with a word like OK after each behavior and toss or tug with the toy.

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Nicole C.
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Nov 03, 2008

Well, when a lot of my friends were trying to train their dogs, they used a combination of treats, verbal praise, and especially just lots of petting and rubbing their bellies. But i also had this one friend whose dog was obsessed with carrots. It was human food, but it was healthy for the dog. See if you can find anything your dog likes that is also good for it that will work.

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