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Ultimate Puppy Program

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  1. Gloria Oh

    Hi Steffi,
    What do I do if I don’t have a very food-oriented dog and who is a velcro dog? He’s not interested in ANYTHING if we aren’t next to him. We’ve done everything recommended to minimise social anxiety from day 1 – we left him to stay in his crate during the night, we don’t go to him when he whines, only after he settles down, we take away his food if he hasn’t eaten because we were next to him etc, but still, he doesn’t seem to be interested in anything if we’re not physically next to him.
    Training is so hard because he’s not very interested in treats…

    Also, is it possible our dog has a bad nose?? I tried the sniff blanket and he doesn’t even recognise his favourite treat, visible, right in front of him…

    1. Steffi Trott

      Did you see the lesson on crying when left alone? I am actually not a big fan of not going to a crying puppy and only going when they’re calmed down. This is because anxiety doesn’t work on an “operant conditioning level” (since you got the masterclass – check out the lesson in Tackling Reactivity on operant vs classical conditioning). The dog doesn’t cry on purpose, just because he is lonely and scared. We don’t really teach him to not cry when only going to him when he is not crying. I would revisit the lesson on every day is training day (where I speak about how to feed basically all food through training or games) and revisit putting the puppy in his pen and going in and out of the room while he has a really delicious chew toy. The combination of those will probably be useful – no food from a bowl, all food through interaction with you or delicious stuffed Kongs.
      Most dogs have a good nose … he doesn’t smell a treat in front of him at all? How about in the recall games, does he get the treat from the ground?

      1. Gloria Oh

        I will try feeding him through games and training. In terms of treats in front of him, not 100%. And recall games, he doesn’t chase food and eat off the ground… it’s bizzare! He just sits there and looks at me to give him a treat… 🙁

        1. Steffi Trott

          So he doesn’t eat any treat off the ground at all? That makes me wonder if he has some sensory things going on … can you take a video?

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