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Dogs aren’t that hard to please. You don’t have to spend the whole day wondering how to reward your furry companion. You could throw them a tennis ball after a ‘sit’ lesson or ‘wait’ practise, and they’ll still be appreciative of that simple gesture. It’s like they’re born knowing that it’s good to appreciate the little things in life. But there’s no great motivator in a dog’s life than a food treat. Create an impression that there’s food reward coming after that training session and your dog will be at your beck and call.
The problem now comes with choosing the most appropriate dog treat for your canine friend.
Luckily for you, we’re happy to share some quick pointers on how to go about choosing the right treat for your dog for your training session:
Quick to Gobble Treats
Every time you’re out teaching your dog a new behavior, it’s crucial that you figure out the most appropriate way to keep them motivated. And what better way is there to get this done than to offer them a treat they can gobble up quickly.
You want to make sure that your dog is able to swallow up the treat in seconds so you can proceed to the next repetition. If your dog takes so much time eating your treat, that means you’ll be wasting a lot of time waiting for the dog to finish up before you can move to the next repetition.
Soft Treats are Recommended
You’re not treating your dog to a real meal, but a grub-like snack. In which case, you might want to note that dogs find it hard to consume crunchy snacks. Biscuits can be good, but only as a one-off reward.
Come to think about it, the last thing you want during your training session is seeing your dog scour the floor trying to find every crumbled piece.
In recommendation, you’re better off training your dog with soft treats such as bacon or cheese. Plus such food items always carry a fancy smell that dogs just find it hard to resist.
Have a Variety
Dogs also love variety. So expect them to get bored along the way if you keep rewarding them with the same treat every now and then.
Here’s the thing: if you start noticing your dog’s enthusiasm fading away, that’s a call for perhaps you should try a different type of treat.
Another trick is to have a variety of treats with you during your training session. You want to observe the surprise element so your dog won’t know of what to expect next.
Check out this video on why and how use dog treats