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    1. #1
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      What's Higher Value Than Food or Treats for Your Dog?

      WE've all seen posts from folks exclaiming in frustration how treats don't work. No wonder, a mere 1/4 inch cube of real roast beef? Or running? Let's RUN. I bet it would be the same if I used a 4 lb steak. Let's RUN. Even 5 pieces of the beef, heck no, let's RUN.

      That's why throwing the ball is a higher reward for Oban, his reward is he gets not only to run, he can actually catch the ball. Not so the deer, which he has learned.

      In the house Oban is not a counter surfer. He's really very, very good. I've mistakenly (the phone rang or something) left plates with meal remnants including meat on the edge of the counter and he doesn't touch them. The only thing he will jump up and grab is his leash. When we go out in the car I fold his leash and tie it in a knot and he carries it out to the car, not wearing it. I have put the tied leash on the counter, at the back, a couple of times then went to get something I forgot only to hear a clunk and a chink as he reaches up to get it. In this case it's not the actual leash that's so much of a reward as the idea in his mind that it means a drive in the car and/or a walk. I think.

      How about your pup?

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      Hoping to get new pup to think "ball and leash" is so much more better than food. Jake felt the best day ever was a good long bout of ball throwing and a nice walk afterwards. Treats were good, but nothing beat spending time with his humans. So miss our buddy.

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      A bumper, or some popcorn will get him running like mad
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      In some dog classes, you need an alternative reward to food, and it took us a LOOONNGGG time to find one for Kimber. She is very food-oriented. I tried many different toys that other people (including lab owners) had success with, but Kimber didn't show much interest at all until I tried a triangular blue frisbee with squeakers in it I found at Petsmart. We only used it for agility and she would go crazy for it! Even now, if I take it out of the closet, she starts whimpering and jumping for it.
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      Wow, I haven't found anything more important than food for either of mine, unless it was socks for Chase and see where that ended up? In surgery. Clearly there is a hierarchy of food desirability, but pretty much any toy gets no respect from my 2 if there's any morsel of food they might have instead. Must look for blue squeaky triangle of desire....
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      Food trumps all in my house. Swimming for Maxx and a new pink stuffy for Emma are 2nd in line but definitely not as high of a reward as food.
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      Here's the magical frisbee that finally caught Kimber's interest:

      Amazon.com : Petsport Firehose Flying Disk : Flying Discs : Pet Supplies

      We'd tried wubbas, stuffed toys, ropes, etc- but this was the one that did it for her. Your lab's mileage may vary, of couse!

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      Archie loves his squeaky ball. Darn thing is so grungy and nasty, but he loves that ball. So far, if I carry a variety of treats, he responds well but for instant results, nothing works like that squeaky ball. Haven't figured out how to use a live squirrel yet; that would top everything.

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      Danny's a toy/ball dog....very self-entitled, everything is his....but he also loves food.

      Sunnie's interest in balls/toys is only to take them away from Dan....she's not really all that interested otherwise. Sunnie loves walkies but food is definitely number one.
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      Kain's a foodie, the only thing I can think of that's a close 2nd are those Kong squeaky balls. He has liked those since he was a pup.
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