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Training treats?

Discussion in 'Dog Training' started by BADWHISKEY, Feb 9, 2011.

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  1. BADWHISKEY

    BADWHISKEY Boxer Booster

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    Is it ok to switch training treats from time to time? I was wondring if pups get tired of the same training treat and if it's good to maybe switch it up a bit. Sometimes it seems like whiskey is not interested in earning his treat or is bored of them. Maybe this will help in the training process?
     
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    gmacleod Elusive Moderator Staff Member

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    I think that using a variety of training treats is a good idea. Yes, dogs can certainly become bored by food (or treats) if they get the same thing all the time. And the point of a treat is that it is something of value - that the dog will work to obtain. Unless you have a highly food motivated dog (and many boxers aren't especially) then you're likely to find that always using the same treats diminishes their value.
     
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    thanks for the reply. now that you mention food, is it a good idea to switch up the food aswell or will this mess with his digestive system? kinda like when we had a long week at work and want to treat ourselves to a good steakhouse during the weekend, lol. i know this is not the correct topic thread but might aswell ask.
     
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    Changing the food periodically is a very good idea - though not necessarily just for a day now and again. Here's a good article that explains a bit more on the whys and hows of it: How often should I change dog foods?
     
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    Gmacleod: Thanks for the post, it's very informative, however it doesn't mention at what age can we start doing the variety, or it doesn't matter? Whiskey is a lil over three months...
     
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    The earlier the better :) Allergy specialists seem to agree that allergies are least likely to develop if a wide variety of foods are fed from a young age. In other words, I think there is no need to wait at all to commence rotating foods.
     
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