Hi again! Please bear with all my questions right now! We just brought our 4 month old puppy home Sat. and we are learning as we go along and I have lots of questions.
So today's dilemma.... I decided to introduce freeze dried liver treats for crate training today. I've been giving Cori a piece of kibble for her treats which she loves. I was having a hard time with being able to leave her in her crate with the door closed and me out of sight yesterday (she would cry). I thought the liver treats might be more motivating, so I decided to give it a try. She was going nuts jumping around the kitchen just when I opened the container! I got her settled and we started with the crate training session. She would go crazy after I gave a tiny piece of the liver treat--scratching the mat in her crate, squealing at me, like she couldn't wait to get more.
Right now, I've got her in the crate with the door closed and I'm sitting at my computer (my back is to her). Yesterday, as long as she could see me, she was quiet. Today, she is yipping and whimpering--I think because she wants another liver treat, not because the door is closed. I'm ignoring the sounds and when she is quiet, I go back and treat her. She's making a fuss longer each time, though, instead of shorter, like you would expect.
All that to ask, is the liver treat too high in value, possibly?? I've never seen a dog this food motivated before! I thought our first Cav was food motivated--ha! When we go outside, she's eating sticks, leaves, bark, rabbit poo (I've never even seen rabbits in our yard!).
Anyway...any thoughts? Thanks!