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  1. meepitsmeagan

    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    Soo... I would really like to start leaving treats throughout the house and next to the back door, but I mainly get things that need to be refrigerated. I can get treats that don't no problem, but I feel like leaving them in cups or bowls will make them stale. What do those of you who leave treats throughout the house use?

    Also... I just registered for my first Nosework class with Rider. It starts Feb 7th. I'm super excited and super nervous. I've been really trying to work on focus in weird/stimulating places. Wish me luck!
     
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    Would keeping treats in a plastic bag instead of a bowl be an option?

    I've always run into the same issues, but usually I use treats for reinforcing now throughout the house and not training, so the "instant" dispense into their mouths isn't really needed. I know zip lock bags are a hassle though, too.

    This is what I use for nosework, it's just so STINKY! And I plastic bag it, but even sitting out it takes about a day to go stale/start getting harder. Only downside to this is the crumbs.
     
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    I use kibble in the house and just reduce their meals. But then if I am training a lot, the dog/pup tends to recieve all food directly from me and don't get 'meals'.

    They quickly know when they have earned a jackpot or bigger reward, all my dogs know the word jackpot and what it means. Therefore, I can go to the fridge and get them the higher valued reward. Yes, I have done this when outside as well, they know that coming into the house and heading for the fridge is a good thing lol.
     
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    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    The only problem with that is I am planning to switch to raw here in the next few weeks, so I won't be using kibble any more and I can't leave raw meat out all the time. Lol. I do like the idea of the jackpot treats being dispensed at the fridge though! Right now when they come inside, we go straight to the fridge, but sometimes DH forgets and I know he wouldn't if they sat by the door.
     
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    Typically I use Fromm for training because it's tiny and healthy. So I get the Surf and Turf and Salmon Fromm and leave cups of that around the house.

    I feed raw but because of the amount of training I do I wasn't comfortable feeding something that was more treat like and less food like. So this way they get a high quality kibble plus raw like normal. If that makes sense?
     
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    When feeding raw, is there an amount of kibble that is too much too feed? What about canned food, as I like to use that in Kongs...
     
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    I use kibble (varies, currently Nutrisca) and JillCookies for leaving around the house. I put them in little airtight food jars.

    Using raw would be...ick lol. Though I do know folks who use it in squeeze tubes for training, but that still wouldn't work for just leaving it around the house.

    I don't worry about giving them too much as it's never seemed to bother anyone. Two of my dogs are big enough that training treats don't seem to make a weight impact...the third I will reduce his dinner a bit if he got a particularly high number of treats that day.
     
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    Have a dehydrator? You could always dehydrate raw meat to use, too! Or bake it for a long time at a low temp to get the same results.

    My dogs seems to get upset bellies if they eat any kibble while on their raw diet, unfortunately. :(
     
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    Am I being stupid, but why are you leaving bowls of treats round the house?

    Eta..... Doh I think I get it.


    I use a bum bag (or fanny bag to you.... Lol... Fanny means lady bits here) or a treat bag if I'm in the house. Saves remembering where you've put things.
     
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    Not that I know of, if they start getting fat you have an issue :rofl1: If I do a lot of extra training during the day I'll sometimes cut their dinner but I don't really measure things out ever so I just go with what looks right.
     
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    That's a good idea, too. Have you thought of one of these? I have one in maroon and haven't used it in a while because I forgot about it!
     
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    To have rewards close by to capture behaviours that we like or for those 30 second training sessions through out the day/evening. Dog never knows when a reward will appear or for what. Of course rewarding desired behaviours when captured increases the chance that the dog will do it again :) Also removes a visual of a bait bag because some dogs focus too much on the bait bag and will work best when the handler/owner is wearing one.
     
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    I used to wear mine 24/7 when frag was growing up to avoid this. I probably looked like a fool. Lol
     
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    I have a treat bag, but I don't think it would work for 24/7. I like the idea about airtight containers. I may pick some up.

    I've done dehydrated meat before... That is genius.
     
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