Treat street: training your dog with positive reward
Nothing is more enjoyable than socialising with a well-trained dog. Training your dog will ensure that your furry friend is welcome to visit your friends’ homes and that you can be confident that she is well behaved in any environment.
Treats are an important part of training your dog, by helping your pet form a positive connection between the given command and the action they’re supposed to perform.
The last thing you want is for Fido to become overweight which is why choosing healthy dog snacks is so important.
Whether your dog prefers meat-flavoured treats or snacks with more of a fruity flavour, look for healthy options made from wholesome organic ingredients.
Avoid treats that contain preservatives, dyes, additives and artificial flavours. If you’re not sure that your dog is sensitive to certain foods, avoid treats with corn, soy, wheat or other potential allergens. The key to making treats work during training is finding those that your dog loves, so they'll be eager to get them as rewards for obeying commands.
Offering great tasting snacks that also give her some important nutrients is an added benefit. Keep in mind that you’ll need to gradually reduce the amount you give your dog. Once she successfully learns to obey certain commands, start giving her smaller pieces instead of a whole treat.
You can also reward her randomly when she obeys commands rather than giving her a snack every time he does it. She will eventually stop expecting to be rewarded with a treat each time you give a command.
Original article published in RCA Villages' Evolve Autumn 2018 magazine.
Doggie delights for your furry friend
- Dried liver pieces
- Peanut butter
- Apple slices
- Carrot chunks
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