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We've bought Mauka three different types of treats... milkbones, burger treats, and bacon treats. At first he loved the milkbones and would run up to me after being outside expecting one. Now he could care less if he gets one or not and he hasn't even tasted the burgers or bacon. I've never heard of a dog that doesn't like treats. Is this normal?!
 

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One of my three dogs (Sam) is also not a treat eater. He never has been and he is about 5 years old now. He is just not food driven like my full blooded beagles. (Sam is only 1/2 beagle, the other 1/2 lab.) I think dogs are just like people...every one of them unique.
 

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Oh, I wish I had that particular problem. This pack will eat anything that doesn't eat them FIRST.
Since your baby is pretty young, I wouldn't worry about it - most treats are not that good for them anyway.
If you're looking for training treats - there are a couple of things that some trainers recommend. When I was using clicker training for Romeo and Chloe when they were puppies, I used Cheerios - it's not the size of the treat, but the idea of a reward. I still use Cheerios as treats for training sessions mine. Another suggestion from trainers is string cheese - or hot dogs sliced in VERY thin slices. At night I'll cut up a hot dog or a piece of string cheese into thin slices, and use that as incentive for the pack to go to bed. The younger girls run right into their little house for their treat, their dad runs to his little house for his treat, and the ones who sleep in the family room come downstairs willingly. One hot dog or piece of cheese split 9 ways isn't a LOT of extra calories for anyone, and I've never met a dog yet who doesn't love cheese. I actually prefer cheese to hot dogs, too many preservatives in hot dogs, but when I can buy a package of hot dogs for 99 cents and it'll last a week for 9 dogs, that's pretty good.
But your baby will live nicely without a lot of extra treats - and probably be healthier for it.
 

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One of mine won't eat Milk Bones or different treats. She actually shakes her head, like saying no when you offer it to her. She does like Good Life Recipe biscuts. Her name is Jasmine and we call the cookies baby J's.

My other two will eat anything that is not nailed down.
 

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Nice! I like the cheese idea. I'll have to pick some up after work today and try it out. Thanks!
 

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I used to stock small cut-up carrots to give Spock a different kind of reward (he and Bones eat most Nutro brand treats). Both he and Bones love all fresh vegetables and fruit, though they hardly ever get the chance to eat them (I limit people food treats so that they won't come begging when I'm eating, though they do that anyway...).
 

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Actually, maybe that is a healthier attitude your pup has. He wont' have the love handles that my little boy has. Our vet suggested carrots, the little ones cut in small chunks, Broccoli (which gives him horrible gas) and apples or bananas at a limited basis. Other wise, if all he wants is his food, hey, it's cheaper at least!

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i think homer knows what he good stuff is now.he doesn't like most dog treats anymore except for pig ears.i used to buy the rewards heart shaped veggie treats but all he did with the last box was play with them.i thought he was eating them when he was done tossing it around until i moved the couch and found his cache of treats,bones and kibble.that's what i get for using him to clean the floor in the kitchen when i am cooking....lol.he has gotten all kinds of good stuff i drop-bacon,cheese,various sausages,ground beef,steak fat,ect.but the little bugger won't eat his veggies now!will just pick them out of his bowl and leave them next to it.his absolute fave treat now is rib bones-when we are done eating them i save the bones in a baggie in the freezer to give to him and he loves gnawing frozen beef off of them
 

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Young beags that have not beenstarving rescues can be a challenge! But even geriatric beags like Goober that has never
wanted for a meal,(in his life)! Can get fussy about what they will eat! He is soo spoiled that sometimes I have to use some bacon bits to or parmesean cheese to get him to clean his plate! But, recently the deer trimming casserole has perked-up his appetite!
 

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We have never had a problem with giving treats. He actually has us trained. He barks at us just as we are sitting down to watch TV and won't stop till we give in. We do sometimes ask him to be quite for a few minutes before the treat, but since he knows it will come, he complies.
Speaking for cheese, we buy spray cheese in the can and use it for pills. Just put a little on your finger and put the pill in it. Tuck just takes it off your finger like a gentleman. However, until he learned the procedure, you had to watch for missing fingers.
 

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Duke got bored with regular puppy biscuits very quickly when he was in puppy school. The trainer had dehydrated liver treats that we tried and he loved them.

Now he will eat any treat I have, but the liver treats are still his favorite.
 
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