Dog training can be fun, but it can also be frustrating. Getting your pet to listen to each and every one of your commands is not easy when they’re not fully engaged because of the many distractions around them.
Of course, there is a way to make training easier.
Treats are always helpful when you’re trying to get your pet to pay attention. They remain effective even when used in the context of training.
Featured below are some of the things you need to keep in mind if you are planning to rely on dog treats during the training process.
Tasty Treats to Give to Your Pet
Pets have different personalities and preferences. Your pet could very well end up liking the popular treat that is selling extremely well right now, but there’s also a chance he/she thinks it’s nothing special.
In order to find out which tasty treat your pet dog likes best, Preventive Vet recommends conducting a little taste test. Choose different types of treats and see which one your dog is most fond of.
Also remember to check which ingredients are used to make a particular treat because you don’t want to trigger any allergies. You could also consult with your dog’s veterinarian before buying a treat.
The Amount to Give
It’s important to remember that you are handing out treats during the training process. They are separate from your pet’s meals and because of that, you need to avoid going overboard.
The Spruce Pets recommends going with small amounts to see what the bare minimum is that your dog is willing to work for. Stick to that amount until your dog shows that he/she needs more to remain engaged in training.
The Right Timing for Treat-Giving
The goal of giving your dog treats is to reinforce good behavior and obedience. To accomplish that, you must be able to dispense the treats at the right time.
As soon as your dog completes a command, give him/her a treat right away. This shows your dog that the action he/she just performed is worthy of a reward and that will make him/her more willing to repeat it in the future.
Tasty treats are excellent tools for dog training, but you have to use them correctly to get the most out of them. Remembering the tips listed above should help you out a lot in that regard and your dog will be grateful too.
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