Sunday, December 25, 2011

Burp! Dog Treats: No Good for Coal

I wanted to start Coal on clicker training. Unfortunately, since the reward system should start with the reward at hand, I impulsively picked one without considering that Coal was into meat than sugary treats.

I bought a 250g container of Burp! Doggy Biscuits and gave it a try. At first, Coal was enjoying the strawberry flavored bone shaped biscuit. So now I started teaching him the "Sit" trick. He doesn't get it at first even when I raise it above his nose moving backward so he gets into a sit position. Eventually with a little determination and whole lot of patience, we were able to accomplish it for the first time, I immediately pressed the clicker and hand out the melon flavored treat. He enjoys it yet hates that he has to chew it hard.

After a number of those, I come across the milk flavored one. With the sound of the clicker's clicking, he approaches me for the treat but only smells it- staring at me as if saying "I NO LIKEY!". I pick out the cheese treat and he gives the same reaction, as well. I get back to the strawberry treat and he nips it with his mouth, enjoying his reward.

Fortunately, Miga ( our neighbor's dog who does her daily visitation) just loves the milk biscuits.

Edit: Miga is secretly getting training lessons. She's a very very fast learner. I'm sure my neighbor won't mind, right? Coal seems to be enjoying the friendly competition. He is now surprisingly eating both milk and cheese flavored biscuits.


  1. Amazing what a little competition will do!
    Dachshund Nola

  2. Indeed! Now Coal is also enjoying this treats. And if it weren't for Miga, he'd still be the picky type.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  3. Haha,

    A little competition can work wonders!! I started eating all my dinner and not leaving it after Cosmo started coming to stay - don't want him getting my dinner!!

    Have fun with the training,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  4. Hi Y'all!

    Time for a second pawed one?

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Our dog trainer told us there's two types of dogs when training, food motivated dogs and toy motivated dogs. When training yuki, we'd always give meat treats, even chopped ham and cheese from own fridge. Sometimes she'd get full on treats and wouldn't listen anymore, thats when our trainer would bring out the squeaky balls and it was given as treat after she did her command.

  6. Hey Hawk, Snoops, Nola, Y&R,

    @ Y&R: Hmmm. That's a great idea! I might consider using squeaky toys as motivation. Nowadays, it's just dog treats. I was wondering if it were even better to make use of meat or liver instead of doggy biscuits.

    @Snoops: Yes, doggies are pretty greedy. I must say. They don't eat their food but if they see competition looming, they gobble up everything like fat turkeys. LOL.

    I wonder what Coal is interested in. Surprisingly, he likes pulling me around in walks. I have to learn walking him -.-


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