Treat and reward your dog

Using treats in training

When you train your dog, there is no doubt that you will need treats to reward him for his hard work. But certain questions often arise about the treats we use while training. This article will address some of those questions.

Treat and reward your dog

September 05, 2019

1. What is the ideal size of treats used in training?

Treats about half the size of the top joint of your little finger is ideal for most dogs. You can make them slightly bigger for large dogs and smaller for little dogs. Smaller sized treats mean you can reward your dog more often during a training session without overfeeding him. Treats should be small enough for the dog to chew and swallow quickly. See the variety of treats available in-store or at www.familypetcentre.co.za.

2. Exactly when in the training process should you give the treats?

It depends on the training method you are using. If you are using a clicker or a short word like ‘yes’ to mark the required behaviour, the treat can be given immediately after the marker. However, if you are not using a clicker or a ‘yes’ to mark the behaviour, the treat must be given at the exact moment the dog or puppy performs the behaviour so that he realises that what he is doing at that moment is the behaviour you are rewarding.

3. What are good treats to give?

The treat can be anything healthy the dog or puppy likes. It is very important to make sure that your puppy actually likes what you think he likes! You also need treats that can be broken up into small enough pieces so that your dog doesn’t stop what he is doing in order to finish eating the treat.

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