I want to train my pups without treating them. Let me tell you why.
November 11, 2012 10:13 PM Subscribe
Is there a way to train dogs using positive reinforcement but without treats?
So, we rescued a new dog
, bringing our little family to three pets
. Cocoa is a two year old Chihuahua/Corgi mix (we're pretty sure), but he is not motivated by treats -- at all. He's turned his nose up at everything we've offered him and so far we haven't been able to teach him anything other than "come".
On the opposite side of the spectrum, our dog Brandy
gets uber-excited by treats and most of our training sessions end up with me having to calm her down and focus on the actual training rather than the treats in my hand/pouch. She doesn't like the clicker *at all* so I've never used it (we use "good girl" instead).
Therefore, I'd really like to find a method of training that still incorporates some type of positive reinforcement but doesn't revolve around treats. So, do y'all know of any books or training programs that can help me keep my pups up with their training? Brandy's pretty smart and learns most things quickly. I haven't been able to gauge Cocoa's intelligence when it comes to training yet, but he doesn't seem to be able to figure things out as quickly (then again, we've only had him for a week).