What sort of treats do your pets prefer?
Zen, my wolf hybrid, adores a good pig ear. They only last for five or ten minutes, but during that time, he’s in hog heaven (even if the entire hog didn’t make it there). The smoked ears have too strong of an aroma and aren’t welcome in the house. He also enjoys the spiral twists of rawhide, Pupperoni treats, Snausages and Beggin’ Strips.
Believe it or not, he’s quite fond of cantaloup. He’s been known to eat corn cobs (for the residual butter and salt) and today, I even managed to coax him into eating a piece of banana. Although, this was mainly because I was eating one and made the rare exception of feeding him human food inside the house.
Zen is least fond of the ground up composite rawhide and glop treats. He’s been known to drop them intentionally after being tossed one.
NOTE: DO NOT feed your dog those flat rawhide squares. They can plug the animal’s digestive tract and kill it. I do not know why these things are on the market. They should be sued out of existence.
Piewacket, my tomcat, is partial to nothing that I’ve been able to find. Fresh sashimi tuna, cooked fish, Whiskas, whatever, he just drops them all like a live grenade. What he wants is his Friskies Ocean Fish flavor dry cat food. He doesn’t even go for canned food. I changed to a bargain brand once and he went out and caught a juvenile mourning dove, as if to say, “if you ain’t gonna give me my chow, I’ll get some myself!”
Needless to say (then why say it?), I went out and exchanged the offending kitty crunchies.
What are your animal’s favorite snacks? How do you reward them for good behavior?