Trust Training with pepper if still not working. For the past week and a half minus yesterday due to my own hospital visit. HE still wont take treats for my hand and still wont settle easily into the blanket. In my opinion its very important that he trusts me enough to take food from me. Im wondering about taking away all food from him and only offering him food out of my hand. once or twice a day until he takes it from me regularly I wanted to check with you guys though before I started that to see if it would be considered cruel.