How to reward your dog with treats

Training your dog is not always easy. To confirm that he has understood a command or assimilated a gesture, there is nothing like a little treat! The reward will motivate the dog to continue its progress. Rewards and treats are the basis of a positive education. Your dog will be more motivated to listen to you during training sessions if it knows it will get a treat when it succeeds. But be careful, if you want to reward your dog with treats without going overboard, there are certain rules you must follow!

The complete guide to choosing and using reward treats when your dog obeys you.

1- Rule #1 : Alternate petting, praise and treats

First, don’t go all out with treats! If you overdo it, not only will your dog have serious digestive problems, or even weight problems, but he’ll get so used to being rewarded with his favorite treat that you’ll lose all your credit. Remember, treats should be the exception, not the rule. So don’t always reward every effort with a cookie or a bone: be equally lavish with petting and praise, and reserve treats for special occasions (or big advances).

In other words, you need to alternate rewards. If you don’t, you’re likely to get your dog into a bad habit of expecting a treat for every successful action.

2- Rule number 2 : Vary the treats

In addition, to ensure that the treat you give your dog after or during a training session continues to be effective, don’t always use the same one. Get two or three different kinds of cookies (or sticks, or bites, or small pieces of jerky), and vary the treats for your dog’s taste buds, saving the best for last, of course. One thing leading to another, you will help your dog understand that he is getting closer to his goal and, once he has reached it, you will allow him to savor… his joy! In addition, by using different treats, you can take advantage of the opportunity to vary the caloric intake and multiply the vitamins.

As a master, you must also pay attention to the quality of the food you give your dog. By varying the treats, you ensure different ingredients for the animal. This habit will also allow you to know which treats your dog prefers.

3- Rule number 3 : calculate calories

As you know, an excess of calories is dangerous for your dog. Some breeds in particular, such as dogs with a large size or a strong build, are more fragile than others, and do not tolerate too much fat or sugar. For a training session, prepare your dog’s treats in advance, making sure you don’t exceed a certain number of calories. Make your calculations taking into account

The amount of calories your dog is allowed per day (depending on his breed, size and weight). If in doubt, ask your veterinarian for advice.
Calories already included in your dog’s meals (if necessary, cut back a little when using treats for training).

4- Rule number 4 : small pieces, but not too much!

To maximize your supply of treats when you’re teaching your dog a new trick or move, you can break up the treats into smaller pieces. Not only will they last longer, but you’ll be able to grab them more easily from your purse or belt, depending on the accessory you use to carry them.

However, be sure to adjust the size of the treat to your dog’s mouth. This is because:

Too big a treat could hurt him, especially “hard” foods like jerky or cookies.

On the contrary, too small treats could be swallowed whole. The dog would not feel them and would immediately ask for more.

So, you’ve understood: rewarding your dog with a treat when he has acquired a basic education (being clean, sleeping in his basket, giving the paw…) is good. But if you give your dog a treat unnecessarily, you risk turning him into an obnoxious spoiled brat and exposing him to the risk of obesity. So, don’t hesitate to give your dog his favorite food when you think he deserves it, but don’t make him abuse the good stuff!

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