Date Published: December 28, 2014, Updated: April 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm, Author: admin
Even with proper techniques, positive reinforcement and delicious, healthy treats, dogs of all ages can be just as stubborn and hard to handle as children. This is why you should be very cautious with how you handle the training of your dog.
According to professional trainers, dogs should only be positively reinforced during times of submission or calm. If your dog is hyper, or overly excited, treats or positive reinforcement should not be administered until a state of calm is achieved.
Trainers suggest holding the treat away from the mouth and nose: first, because the dog can smell from twenty-five feet away, and second because the closer you get to your dog’s mouth, the more excited your dog will be. Remember not to give your dog treats or any other kind of positive reinforcement when he/she is in an excited state of being or the pattern of learning will be altered.
Treat ingredients can be a crucial part in the training and positive reinforcement process. Not only will dog treats need to be healthy for your dog, they also need to be something your dog likes, for obvious reasons.
Actual ingredients found in your dog’s treats should follow the same general rules of the food you should be purchasing for your family. Only purchase food and treats with ingredients you can pronounce and recognize. There will be exceptions, such a beef liver and beef trachea – not normally meant for human consumption.
Look into foods that are bad for your dog: such as chocolate and other foods popular with humans that could make your dog sick.
Of course we always recommend our bully sticks for dogs because they’re an all natural and healthy treat.
Check with your dog’s vet to get more information on healthy treats for your best pooch friend.
Because it is better to give treats than table scraps and other human foods, your dog should not receive more than 10% of his/her food from treats. If dogs are given treats too often, it could contribute to overeating, weight gain, pickiness, begging, and finicky behaviors.
Another important part of the positive reinforcement behaviors is the size of the treat. The size can help determine how long your dog will be on a break, before training resumes. If the treat is too big, the dog will expect a longer break for consumption and may have trouble continuing without distraction.
Treating your dogs while in training, can be a difficult balance of satisfaction and frustration for all involved. Timing is a big issue when it comes to training effectively. Here are some steps to determine how to be most effective when training your dog.
Remember that dogs are trained best with positive reinforcement; whether it be through treats, happy, high pitched words, belly rubs, or even play time. The overwhelming majority of dogs respond best through treats involving food products; however, no matter which type of positive reinforcement you choose, remember to praise often but to not over do it. Be mindful of what your puppy seems to enjoy and do your best to keep him calm.
Keep these tips in mind and your dog will be trained like a champ in no time!