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Training Tuesday – Treats

Whether you have a brand new puppy or are working with a current dog, selecting the right treat for the job is absolutely necessary. Treat selection and correct usage is directly linked to the success of your training. While there are many aspects to treating your pups, today we are going to focus on selection.

While not exclusive, the follow features should be considered with your treat selection:

  1. Taste is tops. Your pup needs to be excited by the prospect of receiving this reward. Experiment with different flavors and choices until you find the one that elicits the greatest positive response.
  2. Size matters. Treats should be as small as possible so your dog can eat them quickly. We typically use a soft treat that can be broken (be sure they don’t crumble or your dog will be sniffing and licking them off the floor) or cut into very small pieces. Really, your dog just needs a taste of the good stuff to keep her/him going strong.
  3. Convenience is key. The treat should be easy to carry in your pocket or bait bag. For obvious reasons, try to stay away from greasy, crumbly or really soft, sloppy treats. They only slow down the learning process and make a mess of everything.
  4. Healthier means happier. Treats that include wheat, corn and soy can be allergens to your pup. We recommend using limited ingredient treats such as freeze dried meats, dehydrated veggies and fruits or try some good old fashioned homemade treats.

To give you an idea, our favorite training treats include (from generally the highest value to lowest):

  • Biljac treats (they can come in little, original, or frozen treats)
  • Braunschweiger
  • Raw hotdogs
  • Cheese sticks
  • Cheerios

Don’t forget to be generous, pay well, and pay often!
Petropolis Training Team

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