You Use Them In Dog Training?
always been some controversy over whether you
should give treats (i.e. dog biscuits or MilkBones)
when you are training a dog. There are advantages
and disadvantages to giving treats to a dog when
you are training him. This article will hopefully
clear up any confusion you might have.
some people say, “Of course! Give the dog
treats so he’ll obey you. After all, you
won’t get his attention if you don’t
give him anything he enjoys.” On the other
hand, some other people will say, “No, don’t
give the dog treats! He’ll be only obeying
you for the food.”
is truth to both the opinions stated above. The
dog does need some incentive to obey you, right?
But also, what if they dog does begin to work
only for the food? What then? If he’s not
hungry and doesn’t really want the food,
then he doesn’t have any reason to obey
should you use dog treats? The answer is YES,
but in moderation . Don’t give the dog a
biscuit every single time he obeys you; instead,
sometimes just praise him excessively instead.
Also, don’t make the “prize”
too big or you’ll be overfeeding him. For
example, break a biscuit in half or even cut it
into three pieces so you’re not feeding
your dog too much when you train him.
another idea for training young puppies. Don’t
feed them biscuits at all – just use adult
dog food pellets. The pellets are big enough to
be a treat for the young puppy’s tiny mouth,
but small enough that it won’t overfeed
very important point I’d like to make is
that you shouldn’t train your dog to obey
you only for the food as a reward. Although you
might not consciously be doing this, it’s
easy to slip into the habit of just rewarding
your dog with a treat every single time he does
anything remotely good.
you want your dog to think of you as the “strong
master,” or the “alpha” over
him, so that he obeys you because you’re
the master and because he wants to please you,
not just because you have a treat. You can do
this by praising him a lot in a high voice when
he does something good and in a deep, “you’re
in trouble” voice when he does something
bad. You want him to distinguish between the voices
and figure out that a high voice means “good”
and low means “bad” and whenever you
do the low voice, you are not pleased with him.
hope this article has helped you in training your
dog. I hope you have much success in developing
a well-behaved, friendly dog!