To paraphrase one of my favorite authors: By the pricking of my thumbs, something stinky this way comes!
Smells like a witch's brew to me...but to Petey it's heavenly.
So, to explain...I was talking to supervisor Michelle about how Petey's been basically a great dog, but then from time to time something startles him into barking. And with his size comes a BIG SCARY BARK...not good in public! So we're doing a lot of stuff to help him realize that the world is really okay, I've got things under control, and basically there's no need for him to worry. But as Michelle explained, I need some extreme high-value treats in my pocket to save for those moments...something to get his attention back onto me from whatever it is he's concerned about. To me, that means one thing: LIVER. At just $1/lb locally, it's much cheaper than prepared dog treats. The drawback is that you actually have to cook the stuff yourself...bleah.
It's pretty easy...just rinse it off, boil it, cut it into bite size pieces, and dry it out in a slow oven. Warning to readers: if you do this, a)Your whole house will smell like liver; and b)Your dog will love you forever (of course he does already!)
The outcome? It seems to be working! We went on 3 walks today and Petey got many compliments in stores on how well-behaved he was. I'm sure it also helps that he's getting used to working with me...but the liver sure doesn't hurt anything!
No, Petey, driving the car will not earn you extra liver...