Is there a way I can get Parker to take treats from my hand a little more gently. I've been trying to teach him by saying "Nicely, nicely" before I give it to him, then if he does it right I praise, praise, praise. Is there another trick to it.
this method takes abit more time but...
feed part of his meal by hand. kibble by kibble. Hold the kibble in such a way he cannot grab it unless you let him. bring the treat (in your fingers) to his mouth. If you feel his teeth on your hand do not release the piece of kibble. when he mouths nicely (using tongue/gums or whatnot) gently let him have access to the food.
basicly, when he is gentle wtih your hand he gets the treat. if you feel teeth he gets nothing.
repeat with part of his meals for a week, see how it goes.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Milly used to snatch too! We wouldn't give her the treat unless she was gentle... we'd coax her by saying "gentle gentle" when she went to snatch we'd say "aauugghhh!" and then "gentle Milly" and eventually she got the idea. Doing it with her kibble as Tanya suggested is a great idea
I hold Oscars treats in almost a closed fist, have the treat between my index and thumb. I have my index finger curled around the treat. When I give it to him and I feel teeth biting my index finger I just say "easy... easy..." and when he stops biting he gets the treat. He is a lot better at taking treats now, but still needs some work..
If Wesley gets too enthusiastic in taking treats, he loses them. It requires a fast-hand, but it's REALLY effective.....
You can also put the treat in your open palm and say "nice". No risk of missing digits there. Worked for us.
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