There’s nothing wrong with a well-deserved “Good boy!” and tummy rub, but they’re simply not as rewarding as that coveted, freeze-dried liver or another delicious doggie treat. You just need to find out what treat your dog will go crazy for when performing new or preferred behaviours. “Exploring your dog’s high-value food rewards is a lot of fun and part of the process,” says dog behaviourist, Russell Hartstein. “Always carry a pouch or bag with your puppy’s daily allocation of food and lots of treats in it to teach your dog appropriate new behaviours.” Just be sure to consider these treats as part of your dog’s daily food allotment, or you may wind up with an overweight pup on your hands.
15 training secrets dog trainers won’t tell you for free
Our lovable, furry companions can be mischievous and naughty at times. The knee-jerk reaction is to shout "No!" or "Bad Dog!" but let's face it, that rarely works. So we asked certified dog trainers to share some of their best training secrets, and we found it's easier than you might think to get the results you want.
Offer high-value rewards