How to Get the Best Out of the Use of Food Treats
It’s a common scenario to see a dog who just wouldn’t respond to treats or a dog who only behaves when you offer a food treat. In fact, it could even be the case of you and your pet.
We often feel frustrated and feel it’s wrong when we can only get our dog to respond by offering something. The cheering news is that we can show you why it can easily be corrected straightforwardly.
Thanks to Doggy Dan, I have been able to master these under listed tricks which have made a whole lot of difference to how I handle and inspire my dog. I can vouch for these methods because I am a witness to their effectiveness.
1. The Jackpot Technique
Always remember that, when the volume of food changes gradually, dogs are more excited and fired up. What it means is that it would be wiser to start with giving treats in smaller quantities to the dog and afterward, a larger amount instead of offering a few treats every time. It sure looks comfortable, but unfortunately, over 90% of owners of dogs still make the mistake of repeating the same quantity of gift all the time. We also have to learn that the things that come as a surprise are more exciting and appreciated.
Can you remember the number of times you were more thrilled when someone informs you about getting a gift than the periods when you unbox a package and find a gift? Another scenario is when someone purchases a lottery ticket; his/her enthusiasm increases the moment he grabs the card. Gradually, the anxiety keeps rising till the time when the winning tickets are declared. Sadly, you suddenly realize that you could not grab the jackpot of about $22 million, leaving you to try again next time.
The question is, would you repurchase the ticket? Yes! The reason is that you have eyes on the jackpot.
The little possibility of winning a huge prize is what pushes participants to keep buying the tickets. This same logic applies to your dog. The few times you offer your dog something big will be cherished for so long. It may hugely boost the efficiency of the dog’s training for a while.
We would like to share the story about a ‘magic sausage’ courtesy of Doggy Dan. He said there was a man who often fed his pet from or off the BBQ. Expectedly, the dog would sit by the BBQ and beg for food anytime it needed food. The lesson learned is that we should never be tempted to feed the dog via the BBQ. Rather, much later in the day after turning off the BBQ, catch the dog by surprise by whispering to it to come. Immediately, the pet is with you, pretend to bring out a full sausage from nowhere and give it to the dog.
It is bound to make your dog see you as someone that can manufacture sausages from nothing.
This story(about the magic sausage) shows how we can apply the jackpot technique to push a dog to a whole new level. In a bid to get the dog guessing if you would offer a treat or not, you would not need to offer sausages every time you call it. What is bound to happen is that the dog will feel fired up to run to you all the time.
Admittedly, a full sausage may be too big for a smaller dog, but the principle is that this method employs the use of food which is more tempting, thrilling and inspiring to your pet than the conventional approach involving a ‘dry biscuit.’
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2. The use of One Big Sausage
This method is like a follow up to the jackpot technique, where a full sausage is employed as a gift. The next step is for you to make the reward of a whole sausage more enticing to your dog. You may be wondering how you would possibly do that without offering the dog more than one sausage.
The way out is for you to cut the sausage into about 5 or 6 parts. When it’s time for the dog to grab its jackpot, feed the dog with the sausage parts, one by one, in a way that suggests it is a lucky day for the dog.
Of course, your dog is bound to be elated about getting 5 or 6 parts of the sausage than being giving one full sausage while it may gulp in a few minutes.
Thus, to a dog, the only thing more rewarding than a complete sausage, is a sausage cut into about six parts.
3. Some foods are more Appealing than Others
Personally, you have your preferences and tastes for food. Likewise, dogs, have their preferred food treats and you have to find out what excites your dog if you want maximum performance from it.
Also, the way a dog who is fully fired up to grab the prize on offer, performs is different from how a partially-interested dog would act. This often depends on how much motivation you can provide the dog by either giving the same treat over again or offering something more enticing.
This applies to a whole lot of food. You have to factor in if your dog loves, for instance, bacon or chicken or if a big dog biscuit spiced with butter thrills it. You could also try some safely packaged food treats.
Admittedly, some of the treats with high levels of fats may not be too healthy for your dog in massive amounts, so one has to regulate the quantity of such foods. The fact that you do not need to offer these foods often means you can easily dole out a little when you can afford it.
4. Random Gifts or Rewards
It is important always to remember that along the way; you will have to phase out the offering of food treats with time until you start to offer them as random gifts.
So, those are the techniques to optimizing the use of food treats to train your dog. If this book has been an eye opener to you, you are sure to enjoy Doggy Dan’s method of dog training, particularly when you experience its implementation and view its over 240 videos. If you want to check out his training methods, you are free to log on to his website.
We hope you would have fun with the new tricks and techniques you have learned in your training, as we encourage you to be on the lookout for much more. Bye for now!
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