Treat Training: How to Use Treats in Training Effectively

Lady treating her labrador

Most new dog owners vaguely understand the idea behind treat training; it’s a great way to motivate your pet and keep their attention on you.

However, most do not realise that there is an art to using treats as a training aid; there is actually a right and wrong way of going about it!

So, in this quick post, we’re going to take a good look at the basics of treat training, the best treats to use, and how to improve your training sessions even further.

Rewards vs Bribes

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make while training with treats is to use them as a bribe, not as a reward.

What does this mean? To put it simply, the idea is to reward the dog AFTER they have obeyed a command. This helps form the connection in the dog’s brain that following a command leads to good things.

From here, you can begin to slowly stop rewarding them every time they obey. The dog will still be obedient because it has learned that good behaviour leads to positive things.

However, if you give a treat BEFORE they have obeyed a command, then that’s a bribe. You’re now training your dog to only listen and obey when there are treats to give, so instead of an obedient dog, you now have a trade deal!

Best Dog Training Treats

Another important aspect to consider is that when it comes to treat training, some dog treats are much more suitable than others.

Take for example, a chewy treat. If you give one of those to your dog as a reward for following a command, you’ve now got them fully focused on chewing that treat for the rest of the session!

Therefore, the best kind of treats for training is those that are small and quick to eat. This keeps their attention on getting the next treat, meaning their motivation to obey never wavers.

Yorkie Receiving Treat

It’s also important that the treat itself is super tasty and desirable, and you’re in the right place for that! We recommend our pate selection; just break off a small piece for every treat.  Alternatively, check out our Pure Salmon Training Treats!

Dog Training Tips

With the pointers above, you will be way on your way to training your dog like a pro; but treats aren’t everything!

To further augment your training sessions, consider using a clicker. This is a small device that makes a unique sound, which you use when your dog does something right. It’s a tool that can help your dog further understand what it is you want them to do.

Additionally, one of the best things you can do while training is to remain positive with your dog, even when they aren’t listening. Never ever shout or punish your dog!

Finally, nothing will beat having a professional trainer spend some time with your dog! If you’re interested in an expert trainer within the Ilkley area, you can do no better than Tamsin over at Dedicated to Dogs!

Good Luck Treat Training!

We hope this short post has given you all the necessary information you need to begin treat training your dog properly.

Remember that we have plenty of treats that can perform well as training aids; take a look!

Let us know in the comments below if you have any further questions on this topic, we would love to answer them. Tell us how your treat training is going!

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