Treats are very useful for positive reinforcement. There are many ways to give treats effectively. However, there are also many mistakes that most owners can make when giving their dog treats. Here are some examples:
- Giving too many dog treats. It is more effective to plan out when to give your dog treats. In between meals is usually the best time. However, giving them food right after they finish their meal is not very beneficial and can lead to obesity in the future.
- Giving unhealthy treats. You should use common sense when going shopping for your dog (just like how you would for yourself). You should check the ingredients closely before buying them for your furry companion. If there are too many ingredients that you do not recognize or cannot pronounce, the treat may not be healthy for your dog; the first ingredient listed is usually the most crucial i.e chicken or vegetables. Many owners mistakenly think that they can give human food to their dog. There are numerous human foods that should not be consumed by dogs such as chocolate, garlic, ice cream and even almonds. For a more detailed list of human food that your dog can/cannot eat click here).
- Giving treats ineffectively. You should not give treats to reward an excited or over-stimulated state of mind. If you want to have a well-behaved dog, it is important to only give treats to reinforce a calm, submissive state of mind. A good way to do this is to give them treats after they perform a trick. Some of the tricks they can do is shake hands, kiss, roll-over, play dead, spin and hug (you can find some information here). If you don’t want them to do a trick, make sure to tell them to sit calmly and easily. Don’t give them treats when they jump around, jump on you, or bark at you; but rather when they are in their calm submissive state.
How to give your dog treats effectively? was last modified: June 17th, 2017 by