Training is not only important for enforcing good behaviour but it also strengthens communication between you and your pooch. Doesn’t good food establish good mood? Well the same happens with your pooch too. And when they are in a good mood, they will readily learn new concepts. Lure training, reward training or clicker training- all of them need treats. How can you choose the ideal dog training treats? Well, here are some tips that might just do the trick:
Choosing a treat
An ideal treat should be delicious, easily breakable and quick to ingest. It is always better to go for softer breakable treats so that you can control the bite size. While training a dog, it is important to reinforce a good behaviour multiple times. This means that you might need to give them treats many times as well. This is why the treat should be soft enough to break. Ideally the treat should be pea size per serving and it should be irresistible for your pooch.
The right kinds of treats
With the sudden boom in pet product industries, there are now a wide array of treats on display. With so many options, shopping for dog treats has never been more confusing. But you can make your life simpler by going for products that are organic and made in small batches. Avoid products that have artificial colours and flavours. Remember, the treat you choose should ideally supplement a portion of their meals. You should also keep in mind that treats should not exceed 10% of their daily intake.
Sometimes human food can be irresistible treats for dogs. For example, bananas, carrots, unsalted peanut butter, boiled chicken, cheese, etc are delicious treat for your pooch. But remember, when giving them human food we must control the portion size. Simple boiled chicken is a healthier irresistible option for training. It can be broken into small pieces and is very easy to swallow. Peanut butter and cheese work well as occasional treats but too much of it may not agree well with their stomach so make sure you have a strong control on their portion size.
Mix it up
Just like humans, dogs like variety too. Some food items may be an absolute luxury for them, while others may be, well, meh… Once you understand your fur child’s currency, you can expect better results in training.
Try to create a balance between ‘low currency’ and ‘high currency’ treats. Low currency treats are something they like but is too common for them (like kibble) whereas high currency treats are something they absolutely adore and would do cartwheels for it. Never use the same treat over and again. Give them a high currency treat when they have done something for the first time or have listened to you despite the distractions. This will encourage them to listen to you often. Keep mixing it up to keep them up on their toes and enthusiastic about training.
Lastly, remember that treats are not the only thing that dominates the mood of training. Some dogs are food driven while others are play driven. For play driven dogs, you might have to train them with their favourite toy. It is all about finding the right currency for them. Training can only be effective if it is fun. Therefore, you should mix it up with treats and toys. Keep challenging their minds and perk their interest. This will make for effective training sessions and both you and your pooch will have a great time learning together!
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