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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.

There are now over 250!

If you are interested in one of the best dog training methods around at the
moment, check out his site here: TheOnlineDogTrainer.

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