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Basic Obedience

Using Treats and Rewards

Using treats and rewards

It's natural for dog owners to use treats and rewards when they're training their dogs. Many times this strategy works fine, but, in some cases, the opposite happens: the dog has the owner well -trained to give him treats. Your dog will only do something if he sees a yummy treat in your hand and he won't perform a desired behaviour unless he thinks he's going to get a treat.

Take control of the situation

The key to using rewards is that you're always the one who's in control. Giving a treat isn't the only way to reward; you can also reward him with affection and praise.

Successful rewarding

1. Timing is everything

Rewards work best when they're unexpected. Remember to reward only one behaviour at a time.

2. Match the reward to the action

Give small rewards for small feats, big rewards for more difficult tasks. 

3. Have a variety of rewards to choose from

There are so many ways you can show your dog that you're proud of him. Everything from a verbal praise, a hug, or a favourite toy, to a new ball or even a nice massage.

4. Use food treats wisely

Showing your dog pure love and affection will strengthen the bond between you. The important thing about using rewards is to get your dog to respond to you, not to a treat.

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