I had a training conundrum.
At Nationals, I purchased a Dogpacer treadmill. I started training all three of my boys to walk on it, no problem. But when it came time to get them trotting, I learned something new: Spark and Strata can’t walk and chew at the same time.
Every time I gave them a treat for trotting on the treadmill, they would stop. And drift away. And then panic and scramble to not fall off the treadmill. Not good!
Finch, the talented little pip-squeak that he is, can trot and eat at the same time, but only because he doesn’t chew his treats much. So although he didn’t slow down on the treadmill, he could sometimes start coughing and hacking because he had a piece of kibble stuck somewhere in his throat.
Clearly, I needed a better technique!
Peanut butter worked, but was a total pain in the neck to clean off the treadmill belt. PetSafe Lickety Stiks weren’t high-value enough, and the ingredient list gave me the heebie-jeebies.
Then I remembered a different, bigger lickable dog treat one of my trainer friends used in a workshop I taught a few months ago. A quick Google search had me on my way to treadmill success!