The only thing she does seem to like is peanut butter on a wooden spoon, which i've been using to get her to walk nicely at heel. Although she seems to get sick of it very quickly.
Anyways, this indifference is causing me a few problems getting her to come when she's off lead. I was wondering if you guys had any ideas? I've been bringing her favourite toy out in a backpack and getting it out when she's called and she dashes over for it. I was wondering if she might get bored of the toy eventually do you think?
Oh also someone suggested cheese, I was wondering if that would be okay or whether it would be too unhealthy?
|Cheese is a good treat - many of us use it for our show and pet dogs as a training aid, food topping for picky eaters, etc. |
Most dogs do just fine with it.
If Bumble isn't treat driven, try toys or more specifically, tug toys. You can buy them (here you can, not sure about UK) or make them out of fabric. I made one about 2 feet long of braided fleece. Chewie loves his more than food or treats. When we are done tugging I use his "all done" command and he stops. Works very well.
Another thing we do is this odd door game to come in the house. Keeping in mind that you want to make coming and then going into the house FUN, I started this crazy game......
I call him from part of the yard, and then race to the door. It has become a race, and he tries to beat me there. Now it has evolved even further. I call him in a real quiet voice, and then try and sneak to the dooor. Works best at night in the dark under the yard light... He gets out of the car and runs to the edge of the fields to go potty, I am gathering my stuff... then we do the door game. He RUNS full bore from the back of the yard. He likes it BEST if I get there and open the door quick, so he barely slows and just barrels right into the house, bowling over the other dogs there to greet us....
Yep, life is crazy at my house, but we have a LOT of FUN!
|Chauncey is 4 years old and has never been food driven. This makes training more challenging. I would use the toy for now and hopefully she will catch on to commands before she gets tired of it.|
Chauncey also loves cheese and string cheese is easy to slip into a pocket or bag.
|Tonks and Luna are also not treat driven. We were told by a couple of trainers to up the quality of our treats. Tonks and Luna both respond well to "people" food. We found that slices of hot dog worked well. One of our trainers had cooked, cold pieces of steak for her dog.|
|Thanks for the advice guys! I tried cheese today and she wasn't impressed. Though I did try a slice of frankfurter too which he enjoyed, but it took her ages to chew it. Next stop chicken!|
I'm not sure the game would work for her, it's when we're at the park that she doesn't come.... although I could try it with my car door when I park there. Though encouraging her to run full pelt at a car doesn't seem like a great idea. I'll maybe choose a tree that can be ours and race her to that. Thanks for the idea Got Sheep!
|You can still play the game at the park.|
Tiggy wouldnt come for treats. Yes at home but NOT in the park when there's dogs to chase.
So I play a version of the back door game. I have Tiggy's favorite tugga toy and I call out "Let's go" and run as fast as I can in the opposite direction to the one that she is intent on going in (usually over to or after another dog). I practised it at first with no distractions so she knows I've her tugga. She loves it because she always wins, obviously I cant out run her.
Now sometimes I turn around just before she catches up to me and yell "come". When she nearly uses my knees as a stopping device I praise her and play with the tugga. She is not even close to getting sick of the tugga and she's getting more and more keen on winning the race.
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