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How to maximize the use of food treats

 

 

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How to maximize the use of food treats

We all know somebody who’s got a dog that only listens when food is shown
to them. Or even worse a dog who simply doesn’t listen even when treats are
on offer. Maybe it’s you and your dog?

Sometimes it really does seem like the only way to get your dog to listen to
you is to bribe them, and that just doesn’t feel right. Well the good news is that
it doesn’t have to be this way and the solution certainly isn’t complicated… as
you’re going to see.

Here’s four very simply tricks that I’ve picked up from leading dog trainer,
Doggy Dan, that make so much sense and have transformed my own way of
training and motivating my dog. I’ve seen this in action so I know it all works.

1. The Jackpot:

The first secret is simply this… Dogs are far more motivated and excited by
food rewards when the size of the reward varies. In other words it’s much
better to give your dog a couple of smaller treats followed by a big one than
just to give small ones all the time. I know it sounds so simple and yet I can
promise you that 95% of dog owners are giving their dog the same boring
treat every time!

That’s right, the surprise is everything! And here’s why…

How many times have you been more excited when you are told that you are
going to get a present than when you actually open it up and get the present!
Think about it. When people play the lottery and buy a ticket the excitement
builds as soon as you have your ticket… Then the excitement continues to
increase right up to the point when the numbers are announced. Then you
realize that you’ve NOT won the $24 Million Jackpot…maybe next time.
Still we buy a ticket the following week. Why?
Because we are holding out for the jackpot!

It’s the small chance that we may win something really big that keeps people
buying tickets again and again. And it’s the same for your dog. If you very
occasionally call your dog over and give him the biggest reward of his life they
will remember if for a long time. Your training will probably go onto turbo boost
performance for many weeks.

Doggy Dan tells a story he calls the “The story of the magic sausage” about a
man who used to feed his dog off the BBQ. Not surprisingly his dog sat by it
begging for food every time that it was fired up. The recommendation was
simply this… Never feed your dog from the BBQ, but later in the day, when
the BBQ is turned off and everything cleared away call your dog to you when
they are not expecting it. Then as soon as they arrive out of the blue give
them a whole sausage.

Your dog will look at you and think…“WOW. You can produce sausages out
of thin air!”

The magic sausage story is a great example of using a jackpot to motivate a
dog to another level. You will not need to use many to get them second
guessing every time you call them if it’s going to be a big treat. The result:
They will be totally motivated and come running every time.

Of course a whole sausage may be too much if you only have a tiny dog but
you get the idea. This trick makes the use of food far more exciting, and
motivating for your dog than the old “one dry biscuit, one dry biscuit, one dry
biscuit” approach.

2. What is even better to a dog than one big sausage?

Now the second secret to using food to motivate your dog actually builds upon
secret number one which is the jackpot. That’s where we use a whole
sausage as a reward.

Now I am actually going to suggest that you make that jackpot of one whole
sausage even more appealing to your dog. How could you possibly do that
without giving the dog two sausages I hear you ask!
The solution is this… Chop the sausage into a handful of nice pieces, maybe
5 or 6.

Now when your dog gets the Jackpot feed them into your dogs mouth, one
after another as if all their Christmas’ have come at once.
Your dog will not believe their luck. To them getting 5 or 6 pieces is far more
rewarding than getting one whole sausage which they probably will swallow in
a couple of mouthfuls.

So now you know the answer to the question what is even better to a dog
than a whole sausage? Answer: A whole sausage chopped into five or six
pieces…

3. Not all food is created equal:

Do you like Lemon Meringue pie best or Chocolate Pudding? Dogs, like
people, all have their favorite food treats and if you want your dog to perform
like a rock star then find out what spins their wheels!

There is a huge difference in performance between a dog who’s totally
motivated to win the reward compared to the same dog when they are only
half semi-interested. So often that motivation is directly related to whether you
are using the same dry biscuits that they ate for breakfast or some new
tasting ones.

But it’s not just about dry biscuits! You should also think outside the square.
For example, does your dog love a large dog biscuits with some peanut butter
spread all over it, does chicken, sausage, bacon or cheese get them doing
cart wheels? You could also try some of the healthy manufactured treats.
Of course some of these fattier high end treats may not be especially good for
your dog in large quantities, so as with our own diet the volume needs to be
monitored. The flip side of this is that since these top end treats are not going
to be given out very often so you can actually afford to splash out a bit.

4. Randon rewards:

Most importantly is to keep in mind the end goal that you are going to fade the
food treats out over time… until they become very random rewards. Don’t
forget!

So there you go. Four ways to maximize the use of food when training your
dog. If you have enjoyed these then you will just love Doggy Dan’s approach
to dog training, especially when you actually see it all in action with his videos.

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Should you be using food to train your dog?

 

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Should you be using food to train your dog?

Have you ever asked yourself whether using food is cheating
when training your dog? If you have, then I can promise you that you
are not alone. It’s something that many people never actually get clear in their minds
and yet it is one of the most powerful topics to understand and also very
simple to master!

What I am about to explain in this article will almost certainly surprise
you but also make total sense. It will contradict some of the things that
you have heard through the grapevine, but getting tips from other dog owners at
the park is not always the best place to get your dog training advice
from. Once you have read this I’m sure that both you and your dog will have a
better understanding and appreciation for each other.

Firstly, let’s look at the comment that you should never use food to get
your dog to respond to you because your dog will then only listen to you
if you have food in your hand. This is simply not true. Doggy Dan, the world
famous dog trainer from TheOnlineDogTrainer.com, tells me his dogs
listen to him whether he has food or not, yet he trained them all initially with food
rewards.

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The reason you can start by using food is because once your dog has
learnt to respond to your command without thinking about it, you simply
fade the food out gradually.

Fading the food out is such an important concept, and is also referred to
as using ‘random rewards’. In a nutshell you simply start giving your dog
the treat from inside your hand so they can’t see it. Then you slowly start to
reward only every 2nd and then every 3rd time. Eventually you can
space out the treats until they become random rewards.

In a separate article I’ll explain how to boost your results with the
random rewards and leave your dog totally focused and awaiting your
next command without using up all your food too fast! So look out for that one…

The second myth about using food is this: dogs should just be happy to
work for you without any food rewards. I have heard this said and I have
noticed that it’s nearly always said by people who have not owned or trained
many dogs or by people who are quite happy to use a lot of force, fear
and aggression in their training. In a way, this approach was the “old school”
way – that dogs should just be obedient or else.

Well the way I see it is this… How long would you work for nothing? Not
long I am guessing! And for many dogs that’s exactly how they see it.
They get bored working so hard with absolutely no reward in return.

Now not all dogs need food treats, some dogs are just so happy to
please and with them the rewards are optional. However put very
simply, dogs are all different. There are those who’ll do anything you ask with a smile on
their face, and those who are always thinking about their next meal.
With a dog who just wants to please there may be no need to use food rewards
once they have understood what you want. On the other hand, dogs
who do not care for your pats, cuddles or their ball when they are racing around the park
playing with other dogs are the ones that will seriously benefit from some very tactical
food training.

By now you’re probably thinking that you always end up giving your
dogs food treats, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! As I
mentioned earlier when you understand how to fade out your food treats and use a boost-effect
to maximize the use of your treats (which is another topic I’ll cover
soon), you too will find your dog responding to you lightening fast every time.

So next time you are out with your dog feel free to use food as a reward
when they do something good and don’t worry about anybody telling
you otherwise.

But also remember to start to fading out the rewards over a long period
of time. There is no rush though, and we are talking months not days!
Eventually you may end up only using the food rewards every 5th time, then every
20th time…

And by the way, if you’re worried about them eating too much, simply
take it out of their dinner so their total amount eaten during the day
stays the same.

Hopefully that helps clear a few things up about the use of food. It’s
always going to be the number one reward for most dogs.

Soon I’ll explain how to boost the effect of using food rewards and also
go into a little more about exactly which food treats will get the best
results. Again I can promise you that this simple trick will make you smile.

Of course if you are wanting a total dog training solution, reading about
it can only get you so far. If you want to see it all in action, with videos
then I suggest that you check out Doggy Dan’s complete dog and puppy training
website.

And remember, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days! To get
YOUR access now just <<CLICK HERE>>

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All The Help You Can Get To Train Your Dog

No-one is about to claim that training a dog is an easy thing to do. Dogs are animals with personalities, and whether or not those personalities are amenable to training, they will present different challenges with each different dog. It cannot be denied that some are easier to train than others, but no dog is untrainable. It is simply the case that some dogs need to be given more of a chance than others to pick up what their master wants them to learn. After all, humans are the same – if you got straight As in your freshman year of high school, congratulations, but you are in a minority.

So it makes sense that there is help that can be found to improve the behavior of a dog you are finding hard to train. As ordinary “civilians” when it comes to the overall behavioral patterns of a pet dog, it goes without saying that we will not magically have access to the “button” inside a dog’s mind that makes it behave well, perform tricks or anything else you want it to do. There are professionals who have written books and made DVDs showing helpful tips and hints, and a wealth of websites which do the same.

You may even take your dog to a trainer who will be able to identify ways to get it behaving the way you would like. The expense of doing this makes it something that you may not want to do too regularly, but if all else fails it can be beneficial to you and to your dog.

You Reap What You Sow

Dogs in general have a tendency to follow their instincts and their influences. Canine behavior is something that has given countless experts reason to write countless books, and as far and wide as you go you are unlikely to find an expert who advocates an aggressive manner of dog training. The reason for this is that dogs absorb what they are taught very quickly, and behaving aggressively towards a dog will influence it to behave in an equally aggressive manner. Deep down in every dog, there is the instinct of a wolf – because that is what they have descended from.

Now, if you find a wolf in the wild and take an aggressive posture towards it, the wolf will not back down. It is likely to go for your throat and not stop until either you or it are incapacitated. Although domestic dogs have lost something of that instinct and ferocity, there is buried deep down a tendency to react with aggression when it is backed into a corner by an owner – if you strike a dog, it may back down. If you repeatedly strike it, it will react as any animal under threat – and it will hurt you.

Give a dog fun, exercise and affection and it will reciprocate in the most wonderful way. Its instinct is to form a bond with its owner and do anything it can to please them. Use this instinct to your advantage, and watch your dog blossom into someone you can be proud of, rather than a wolf with slightly blunted teeth and instincts.

I’m Not Sure I Like Your Tone…

Training a dog is a practice which makes big demands on an owner. There is a lot of effort involved in ensuring that a dog behaves well, and each person will have their own views on which methods are the most effective and efficient. What is certain is that each dog will react in its own way to different stimuli. One of the most effective tools in keeping a dog on its best behavior is the human voice – make sure your dog gets used to the sound of yours, because this is how you will get the best out of it.

As humans, we are used to recognising the tone of each other’s voices. We have become so good at this that we almost don’t need to hear a person’s words in order to know what they are saying. A warning tone, a praising tone, a cheerful tone… each is recognisably different to us, and it will be recognisable to your dog too. In this respect, you can teach your dog well by allowing it to recognise what you are saying, without having to teach it a command.

Speaking in the correct tone need not even take practice. Usually, your emotions take control of your tone of voice, and skilled liars have to work to keep their tone even – so allowing your genuine tone to come through should be simple. The dog will come to recognise the cadence of what you say as much as the actual command – and it will be this that they come to associate with good and bad behaviors and their consequences.