She starts Saturday!
Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:50 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:12 PM
And have fun! It's very exciting to be just getting started!!!
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:03 AM
Enjoy your class
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:11 AM
Cut up into small pieces and freeze what you aren't going to use within a few days.
That's our favourite of the moment.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:59 AM
I do however also keep cooked chicken and liver or meat (no spices others than a bit of garlic) for the special treats.
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Good thing that I thrive on trouble!
Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:18 AM
Pick something special for agility, something your dog doesn't get for obedience or trick training.
What I found to be highly economical as well as highly palatable to my fussy little dog is the Natural Balance food rolls. They look like giant sausage rolls and are essentially compressed dog food -- so because it's not overly rich, it doesn't tend to cause stomach upset when fed in relatively large quantities (unlike liver, which makes my dogs get horrible diarrhea). I cut it up into tiny bite-sized squares and store it in the freezer.
They get cut up cheese cubes & boiled/shredded chicken at trials.
*Edited to echo the above comment to bring more than you think you will need --- I swear almost the entire class tends to run out of treats about half-way through when starting out. lol We need to make the beginning stages of agility HIGHLY rewarding and thus we HIGHLY reinforce at this level. It often helps to skip a meal before class -- not only so they are eager & attentive for the food, but also because you will be replacing the meal calories with treats in class.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:40 PM
4 cans of tuna with oil (you can also use 1 1/4 lb liver instead)
3 C four
Whirl this together in a blender or food processor. (It will be really sticky)
Cover 2 baking sheets with foil and spread the goo out over them. Sprinkle with cheese. (I use parmesean on the tuna and cheddar on the liver)
Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees.
Remove from the pan, peel away the foil and cut into small squares. I then put them back in the oven that has been turned off to dry out for about 20 min. Freeze.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:11 PM
I think I will have to try the Q treats since I have a trial next weekend!!
Even though I think these are incredible treats (and much cheaper than buying treats in a store), I believe that using a variety of treats is important. You don't necessarily have to use a variety for one session, but I tend to change out treats every few days. And you may want to observe to discover which treats are the most high value and save those for really, really important times (i.e. when learning a new skill or at a trial)
Have a great time in class!
Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:18 PM
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx
Posted 07 January 2012 - 03:10 AM
(I use parmesean on the tuna and cheddar on the liver)
This made me LOL! It would be down my dog's hatch so fast she wouldn't have time to taste the cheese, let alone discern flavors (or care).
I have a similar recipe:
1 can salmon
1 tbsp oil
1 cup flour
Mix ingredients, roll out dough, cut into squares or with cookie cutters. Bake at 300 for 10 mins, flipping in the middle. Treats should be soft, not crunchy. Be sure to store all fishy treats in the fridge or freezer, because they mold quickly! Also, you can substitute different flours or oils if your dog is allergic.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:45 AM
My fav recipie-it makes a ton of treats and they are nice non-greasy tidbits. Dogs go ape over these. I gave some to a friend at our last trial, and they are now refered to as "Q" treats cause she got 4 "Q"s over the weekend!
Ok, I really need to make something called Q Treats!
Lilly, Jack, Alex & Will
Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:02 PM
Class went fantastic!! Willow did the jumps, weeve poles, tire and tunnel today.. The teacher said she did much better then most dogs starting off and I could tell she enjoyed it, can't wait for next week .
I ended up using the Zukes treats cut in half. The only problem was they crumbled a little while I was holding them. I will defiantly try the thing you all said as well and see what works best (trial and error).
Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:27 PM
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