We need to talk about treats

"I want my dog to listen to me because he wants to, not because of food!" It never fails to enter the discussion when I'm speaking to new clients. Many people seem to think that using treats in training indicates a weakness or a lack of respect from a dog to its guardian. This is simply not true, and with all we know about canine psychology and neuroscience it’s time to leave this outdated idea behind. For many of my dog trainings clients, one of the first questions they ask is “When can I stop using treats?” I always say, well... never, and that the idea is to solidify and proof the behavior, then begin using treats intermittently to keep the dog guessing and hanging on in hope of a treat.

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Mary Thompson, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Phone: 312-307-6481
E-Mail: mary@happyhounduniversity.com

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