Warning I do make use of a slightly off color description as it's just
too perfect not to.
Treat and Train - first impressions and disassembly
When Holly posted about the Treat and Train being on sale I immediately
bought one as I'd been toying with the idea of trying to invent
something vaguely like it. (Some sort of remote control treat dispenser
albeit much smaller.)
As Holly says it comes with a training DVD, and it also comes with a
target stick and stand which honestly I'm going to get more use out of
that the treat and train itself.
The idea of a remote controlled treat dispenser is great when you want
to take the focus off of you. It's marketed as a way of teaching the
dog "place" when someone comes to the door, and it's probably excellent
at assisting with teaching that (in the right hands of course :)
This particular rendering of that idea is quite large (17"x8"x8") and it
is noisy. How noisy? Read on.
My corgi is sound sensitive so when it became clear that he'd rather be
rained on that spend any time near it no matter what treats were being
offered (it is suggested that you use it to feed your dog with it off
for a couple of days, but that won't make any difference if your dog is
really bothered by noise.) Now I could likely get Yoshi sort of
used to it, but I'm not sure it's a battle I need to fight (he is quite
tolerant of the dremmel so we do such things when necessary), so I
instead decided to take it apart to see if there was any obvious way to
make it quieter.
Short answer is no.
Slightly longer answer is not in its present form.
Longer answer is that while I had it apart something seemed oddly
familiar about it. The motor itself is not excessibly loud at all and
that by itself would have been fine. What makes most of the noise is
the plastic gears that clatter (well sort of) against one another (since
cheaper gears are made to have a little slop in them. Then it finally
dawned on me. What I was looking at was the bastard child of a paper
shredder (no clue who the mother is.)
So that's an excellent way to judge whether your dog will like the treat
and train. Can they tolerate being in the same room as a cheap paper
shredder? Of course one hopes that they won't confuse the two, not
likely and the treat and train doesn't have any thing that cuts like a
shredder does (which means the noise is a little different). Conversely
if you dog is noise tolerant and likes treats, they will LOVE this thing.
Another way is to bring Fydeau by my house and test him or her on this
one before I think of another use for it (no hurry on that one).
Oh and if you decide to get one, given its heritage, you may want to buy
the service contract as cheap paper shredders are famous for breaking
gears, and this one has 8 of them.
For comparison, I tried it on Yoshi's corgi buddy Cooper. Cooper is
more of a typical corgi who will tolerate most anything for food. As
you might imagine, it was a nearly instant hit to the point that he
wouldn't leave it alone. Cooper has one of his own now though he will
most likely get this one when he wears his out. ;)