Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Grete doesn't seem to be food motivated yet. This might be problematic for training, and so I set out to find her favorite treat tonight.

If I had to force rank the treats into tiers at this point...
Tier I: Zukes Power Bones - Chicken Flavor
Tier II: Wellness - Chicken and Lamb; Zwiki - Lamb
Tier III: Liv-a-Littles - Cod or Chicken; Natural Choice - Lamb and Rice; Cheese or Misc Biscuits
Tier IV: Zukes Mini Naturals - Peanut Butter
Tier V: Uphaus Raw Advantage

Test Elements (Left to Right):

  • Bulk Cheese Biscuits (Mud Bay)
  • Bulk tasty bits of biscuits of multiple colors (Mud Bay)
  • Whole Life - Salmon flavor
  • Liv-a-Littles - Cod flavor
  • Zukes Mini Naturals - Peanut Butter flavor
  • Zwiki - Lamb flavor
  • Wellness - Chicken and Lamb flavor
  • Zukes Power bones - Chicken flavor
  • Uphaus Raw Advantage
  • Natural Choice - Lamb and Rice
  • Liv-a-Littles - Chicken flavor

Methodology: I placed them all in bowls in a line while she was in another room. I did this twice.

Results: The first time, she went left to right - eating everything EXCEPT the Zukes Mini Naturals in Peanut Butter flavor and the Uphaus. She seemed particularly interested in the Zukes Power Bone in Chicken, as well as the Cod Live-a-Littles. The second time, she attacked the middle and then worked her way outward. Again, the Uphaus was last, and the Zukes Power Bone in chicken was one of the first. There was a high degree of interest in the empty bowls of the Zukes Chicken as well as the Cod Liv-a-Little. All bowls got a cursory double-check after they were all empty.

Caveats: I should mention that all the treats are new except for the last two (Zukes Mini Naturals and Uphaus) - so perhaps a novelty effect is also present. I will have to continue to test to get statistical significance.

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