Jasmine is getting more into treats these days. When we first got her, she wouldn’t eat anything but soft treats. These days, she enjoys biscuits, freeze-dried liver, rawhide chewies, etc. However, Jasmine has taken to Simon & Huey’s Soft Training Treats as well as poached chicken as her favorite staple training treats. I like the Simon & Huey’s treats due to their size, their “tossability”–they bounce when tossed on the carpet–and their simple ingredients (Oat flour, honey, canola oil, garlic, plus whatever ingredient is used for the flavor, including chicken stock, cheddar cheese, etc.). It doesn’t hurt that Jasmine loves them (one of the very first treats she really loved) they are easy to carry and use and easy to store (freezer). We have tried both the White Cheddar and the Chicken flavors. However, real meat is always a high-value treat, and we use the poached chicken in obedience class.
We originally found the soft training treats at our local doggie boutique–Gussied Up Dog Boutique. Yes, it’s a shameless store full of foo-foo doggie items (clothing, cute leashes and collars, treats, bowls, toys and, these days, Halloween costumes). However, it’s also one of the few stores around here that Jasmine is more then welcome to enter. She was terrified the last time we went, though. I think the sensory overload from too many scary costumes had her reeling. Even chicken jerky didn’t calm her fears, so we had to leave the store.
Jasmine still loves “training time.” She gets all bouncy, her ears perk up, and her eyes shine with the glow of treats to come. 🙂 Now, don’t you wish all your kids would be so eager to do their homework?
Jasmine has been showing more interest in toys and chewing, so I thought I’d get ahead of the game and get her some things to keep her occupied. She likes rope-toys and things she can shred 🙂 as well as things to chew. I brought her to a business meeting one day (the person I was meeting with is a dog-lover) and she got her first taste of rawhide–love at first chew. So, home came a bag of small rawhide chewies.
I gave her a chewie yesterday, and after a few minutes of destruction, she decided she was done. However, instead of just leaving it on the floor, Jasmine decided that she had to hide her “bone.” She was with me in the home office, so she looked for nooks and crannies to conceal the bone. It was SO cute! She’d hide the bone, then go and search for it. She would then move it to a new location and search for it again. She did this again this morning–such a fun and entertaining exercise! I’m sure that if I allowed her to take the chewie outside, she’d bury it.
It’s so great to see her acting like a regular dog. She runs and romps with me on walks, she wags her tail in anticipation of a training session (treats are mandatory, of course), and she refuses to go into the kitchen (her safe enclosure) when she knows I’m getting ready to go out. Go Jasmine!
She has also learned “Sit,” “Stand” and “Down” thus far. “Stay,” well that’s going to take a might bit longer. She also comes (to me) when called. Good doggie!