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6/22/10 3:51 P

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The trainer I used recommended cheese and hot dogs.

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LMB-ESQ's Photo LMB-ESQ Posts: 12,250
6/22/10 8:23 A

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I agree. My GSD melts under praise and affection. A well-timed scratch under the chin or between the ears works wonders. I also find she behaves better once I get her to look me in the eye. I'm teaching her a "touch" command, where when I hold out my finger she touches it with the end of her nose. She loves food, but it does nothing for her for training.

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6/22/10 7:06 A

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Shepherd's are usually really motivated by praise and affection.

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6/21/10 11:02 P

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The obedience school we attend will not allow using food as a motivator. We are taught to reward the dog verbally (GOOOOOOOOOD, Jolie) with a pat or scratch. Jolie likes to have her shoulder scratched lightly. They also encourage observing what the dog considers reinforcing. Jolie likes a quiet calm touch and verbal reward,(anything more is overwhelming to her) but my GSD liked to be firmly patted and plenty of enthusiasm. If food is not a motivator to the dog, it will not aid in training. As you get to know your Foster, you will begin to find out what he/she finds rewarding. Good luck!

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6/21/10 10:28 P

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I didn't know there were dogs that weren't food motivated. My choc lab will perform for one of her bouncy balls. But once she has the ball, she's oblivious to everything else.

You could try clicker training, but you usually "load the clicker" by giving treats.

Try peanut butter on a wooden spoon. If the dog responds, let the dog have a lick. It's great for teaching a dog not to pull on the leash.

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6/21/10 9:17 P

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Is he toy motivated? What types of treats have you tried using? If its a dry cookie/kibble then I would try something that has a smell (like a hot dog).

Brinx - could care less about food, and would just rather have the verbal "Brinx's good boy", and a good rub to let him know he is doing something correctly.

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Hi Everyone-

My husband & I picked up our new partially sighted foster dog yesterday. He's an 80lb shepherd mix, however he doesn't know any obedience commands (sit, stay, down, back, leave it) or how to walk on a leash. he pulls a little but then relaxes however, if there's a smell he wants to smell good luck moving him, it takes all my strength. Obviously I need to work on his obedience while he's in our care and to help him in his forever home. The problem is that he is not food motivated at all.

Does anyone have any experience training a non-food motivated dog. Our dog is a basset/lab mix he'll eat anything and everything and will do anything to get it.

Thanks!
Tara

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