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Zoom Room Update and Need Treats Suggestion

We finally went to our first puppy preschool yesterday at Zoom Room in Belmont, CA. What a fun class!! We have 5 other puppies in the class in the range of 10 weeks to 15 weeks old. They are all so adorable!! Ollie was a little shy at the beginning and then he started to mingle. Everyone is so nice! Ollie was playing with one of the dog owners there and she gave him a piece of cookie. Ollie had it in his mouth for 2 seconds. He spits it out and walks away. I was mortified!! How rude!! When I went to the orientation session, the trainer said I should bring high value treat. So, I brought poached chicken with me. I don't want him to get spoiled and expect fresh chicken every single time. We gave him Cheerio every now and then. He doesn't seem to care for it very much. Would love to know what kinds of treats your pup loves!!
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Use high value treats in class. There are sooooo many distractions. At home mix it up. Except ALWAYS high Cale for recall training!
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For serious training, I use mostly real, roast meats, cut into small cubes for training. I also rotate in frozen turkey meatballs and Fresh Pet. Another that I always keep on hand are Happy Howie's meat rolls. These are easy to cut into small cubes, and don't need refrigeration until they are opened.

For around the house stuff, I just keep closed containers of kibble in almost every room. That way, they are close by for on the spot training opportunities!
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Going to include a list of the things I have used at the end of this post just to show how much variety there can be I give the tiniest pieces as far as treats go so the boys don't get full too quickly. I also have adopted a tailored version of the "nothing in life is free" school of thought. The boys get loves and play time whenever, but if a food reward is involved, they are always doing something to earn it, even if that is just holding a sit-stay nicely or doing an easy trick. LIMA-type trainers are often painted as "cookie pushers", and I would really like to avoid that (though Nino, who is skin and bones, could probably use some cookie pushing )

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Wellness WellBites, Sojos Simply, Bixbi Pocket Trainers, CloudStar Tricky Trainers (not the cheddar...not soft enough to make teeny), Northwest Naturals treats, Nature's Variety freeze dried, Stella and Chewy's freeze dried and frozen morsels, Happy Howie's roll, liver bait bought in bulk from show vendors and frozen, BilJac Lil Jacs, all-beef franks baked within an inch of their life and frozen for keep, rotisserie chicken (both baked and fresh), various deli meats (again, baked and fresh), Vital Essentials rabbit bites, Zuke's Hip Action, various Plato treats broken up...

And those are just my most consistently used ones. Inside all of that is a hierarchy from mid-value to high-value. All are soft or freeze dried as neither will touch biscuit type treats. Another thing that has been amazingly beneficial, especially for agility training, is creating a tug drive. Tug is one of Nino's favorite rewards and it has made creating speed and focus in weaves very easy.
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I know that the recommended treat is real meat, but being vegetarian, I can't deal with that so I tend to use either Wellness soft puppy bites (usually broken into 4) or pieces of things like apples or carrots. For Perry, the wellness are the high value ones - so much so that even holding them in my hand (the smell) distracts him from what he's being told to do . The apples and carrots are lower value (at least for the first reward, after that the apples jump up on the list) - the only problem is that they take him so long to eat (even a tiny piece) that we can't move on to the next bit of training
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Thank you all for the recommendation. Amazon shopping time!
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Thank you all for the recommendation. Amazon shopping time!
If you're an Amazon addict like I am and use Amazon subscribe and save, you can put both the wellness puppy bits and the wellness bites (and maybe others) on subscribe and save order (regular deliveries scheduled to your choosing)
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I know that the recommended treat is real meat, but being vegetarian, I can't deal with that so I tend to use either Wellness soft puppy bites (usually broken into 4) or pieces of things like apples or carrots. For Perry, the wellness are the high value ones - so much so that even holding them in my hand (the smell) distracts him from what he's being told to do . The apples and carrots are lower value (at least for the first reward, after that the apples jump up on the list) - the only problem is that they take him so long to eat (even a tiny piece) that we can't move on to the next bit of training
Zuke's minis has a peanut butter version. Loki loves them. They are tiny and soft. I would think if you save them for training they would be of higher value.


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Zuke's minis has a peanut butter version. Loki loves them. They are tiny and soft. I would think if you save them for training they would be of higher value.
Thanks! I can handle the 'meat' if it's in a processed treat (the Wellness Puppy bites are salmon and something I think), but really couldn't deal with handling liver (cooking, cutting up, freezing, hold it to give him rewards for training) or pieces of chicken or anything like that
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