Gosh, I was really hoping there was a trick to it, like keeping it between your cheek and gum or something. Guess I just use the treat bag and be done with it
I use a bait bag as well but I have worked with it in my mouth for when I'm at a show. I have soemthing that I can stand to eat and then swollow it before I go into the ring. Thus (in theory!) he isn't sure if I have something in my mouth or not!
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I'll throw cheese or hotdog chunks in my mouth for the breed ring if I don't have any pockets. I try to keep it in my cheek until I need it. In UKC, you'll be asked to leave the ring for throwing treats, and I assume the same would go for spitting them, so I just grab a piece as needed. No saliva build up issues, sorry
I spit treats alot. I use garlic/bacon fried loin steak (in a red wine sauce)as bait, and end up eating a lot as dinner! String cheese works a bit better as it is easier to see against a background that the brown of meat. both Kodi and Hoss though have a tendency to gag on spit treats though, (I think I spit a little too accurately and get it right down the back of their throats!)
It'a an excuse to open a bottle of red wine as I cook for the dogs! Squeeze a chunk or two of that meat in your hand and just the juice on your hand keeps the dog motivated for quite a while! I easily eat as much of it as th edogs do during traing. (The side benefit of hunting all my meat....there's always enough meat to go around!
I'm a mouth treater, I used to keep them in my pockets or bait bags, but Rhys would then raid the hamper and eat the pockets out of all of my clothes, so hence the mouth.
I am not spitty though and I use mostly chicken hot dogs and string cheese. From infancy I train them to catch from my mouth and we do a lot of mouth feeding exercises so I think they've got it. Although, half blind Rhys catches a heck of a lot better then half dumb Ruby!