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7. Use a higher quality reinforcer when you’re training new behaviors, difficult behaviors, strenuous behaviors, or when there are a lot of distractions around. I like to use string cheese, cut up pieces of chicken, roast beef, or hot dogs for my food motivated dog. I use tugs, balls, and frisbee’s for my toy motivated dog. Just make it something that is special, something that they do not usually get. Make sure the toys are put away and the only time the dog has access to them is when he/she is playing with you. This will make those toys more valuable. 🙂