Using dog training treats to train a dog is fairly easy, especially when you’re trying to get him/her to listen to you. Most dogs are driven by treats’ especially tasty ones! You can get your dog to behave anyway you want when using treats. Training a dog is like a serious game, and we all know someone has to win or lose; either your dog wins or you win – period!
Dogs usually love food as treats; however, if they’re anxious or afraid, they may not touch the treats. When a fearful dog feels he’s in a sticky situation all he can think about fighting, flight or freezing.
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The best dog training treats are those that are natural, organic or homemade; this is the healthiest option but not necessarily the yummiest. Why am I saying this, natural is an acquired taste; especially if your dog doesn’t eat a variety of foods. Put yourself in your dog’s shoes or paws, imagine you eat only meat and chips everyday and then your given a piece of fruit as a treat. Hum, this now doesn’t seem so appealing!
The tastiest dog training treats without having to buy specially pre-packed are cooked liver, tripe, chicken and cheese. If your dog hasn’t had a variety of foods, these will soon inspire your dog and get him excited. Of course different types of foods such as fruit and vegetables can be introduced but not as dog training treats, not initially anyhow.
You’ll often read on dog food labels that it’s okay to use your dog’s regular dry food as dog training treats. This really isn’t a cool option, for sure your dog will not respond wholeheartedly. Should he show an initial interest, then it won’t last long before he becomes bored, always keep your dog excited for more treats.
Cooked meat should be cut into tiny chunks and then stored in the freezer. Dogs can eat frozen raw or cooked meats. Cheese should be kept to a minimum so portions should be very tiny such as one grated strand.
When taking long walks with your dog, take his favorite treats, he’ll always come back when called, or he may not even leave your side.
Pre-bought dog training treats are amazing for quickness, but it’s wise to alternate and have a variety of foods on hand.
The easiest way to created dog training treats is to shred some leftover cooked meat from a meat joint you’ve cooked. Save the meat juices to add extra flavoring to your dog’s dinner. (Keep refrigerated).
Buy loosely packed frozen raw mince chicken, lamb or beef, etc.; each frozen minced strand can be used as a treat. The pack will last a very long time, and dogs love it. Make sure you always wash your hands after handling raw meat. (Keep frozen).
Quality canned hot dogs chopped into tiny bite-size pieces – dogs love these with a passion. (Keep refrigerated).
If in doubt keep the dog training treats as organic as possible and always watch their weight carefully.
Know how to use dog training treats
Training dogs always begins in the home with the family being consistent and in agreement. At the heart of every relationship there need to be love, kindness and respect, never use negative coercion.
If your dog understands simple commands such as sit, down and stand, etc., then move on to harder commands. Your dogs learning abilities are endless; they can range from high-five, turn around, choosing colors to dancing, and it’s always up to you as how much they learn. For more information on training a dog using commands go Become an expert at dog training commands.
Your dog should never snatch treats from your fingers or your hand. If he lunges forward for the treat, then nicely and quietly say ‘no’. As you move the treat to him give it to him providing he doesn’t snatch, immediately say ‘good boy/girl’.
TIP: Before the treat is given, your dog should be looking at you not the treat.
Training your dog with treats is an easy way to instill good listening skills. Constantly rewarding your dog for good behavior and training ought to be practiced at least three times daily.
It can take approximately 3 months for your dog to learn a new skill and for it to become ingrained. Daily consistency is the key; however, once he’s mastered the new command, you can gradually cutback the intense training. I suggest 1 – 2 times daily, then gradually to 2 – 3 times per week.
A word of warning, dogs can test you just to get a treat. If you’ve rewarded your dog for getting off the sofa, and he jumps back up again, he’s telling you he wants another treat.