|While dog treats will motivate your pup, reinforce behavior and accelerate training, they need to be used correctly. Read on for three quick tips for training with treats, courtesy of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers:
1. Once your dog is reliably responding to your commands, vary her rewards. In addition to offering treats, also offer verbal praise, petting, an ear rub or a toss of her favorite toy. 2. Use soft treats and make them small; they can be eaten quickly, keeping your dog focused, and it’s all about quantity from your dog’s perspective! 3. Consider your dog’s total food intake for the day, treats included, cutting back on what you feed her at mealtimes as needed so you don’t overdo it.
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May 18th, 2011