Training, whether it is complex exercises on the street or the simplest commands, like “sit” and “Shake (Paw)”, must be rewarded. This can be done in several ways, so we decided to tell you about what kind of treat for dogs during training is most preferably and convenient.
The key to the success of training is the motivation of the pet. Without it, he will most likely be lazy and poorly perform even the simplest commands, because, like many people, dogs are not ready to work on a bare enthusiasm.
There are several ways to motivate a dog to perform the required actions – from simple praise and stroking to treat, which, perhaps, is the most effective way to encourage. Knowing that as a result you can get the treasured yummy, your pet will be much more accustomed to commands and necessary movements and will perform them much more willingly.
Basic requirements for dogs training
There are several requirements for perfect treats, both from the side of the animal and from the point of view of the owner, since both of them participate in the process of training.
- The treat should like the treat – this is the most important requirement, since it based on the entire motivation of the dog, that is, his desire to achieve the result.
- It should be convenient, especially if the training is carried out on the street, since few will want to get your hands or be distracted by napkins to clean them.
- The delicacy should not harm. Perhaps chocolate sweets or other sweets and will perfectly motivate the pet, but you should not use them as regular treats for training, as this can turn into problems with teeth and stomach.
- The best option is the one that is not in the everyday diet. Experienced dog handlers note that dogs are much more willing to “work” for treating, which simply cannot be obtained otherwise.
- The size of the pieces is the same for all classes.
- The dog should not chew the reward for a long time and swallow it in a second. The first will knock you out of rhythm and distract, and the second will not be a worthy reward for your hard work.
2 groups of treats
All treats for dogs used in training can be divided into two groups: natural and special.
This includes common foods, many of which will be great motivation for your pet. The main thing is to choose the most convenient to use and not too harmful.
- Low fat cheese,
- Boiled meat (offal: hearts, stomachs, etc.),
- Small crackers without seasonings and sugar,
- Sausages or wieners
- Biscuits or cookies "Maria".
As for servings, the above products, except for biscuits and cookies, are best cut into cubes. Their size depends on the size of the dog itself.
In general, these are only recommendations, and when choosing, first of all, you should be based on the tastes of your pet. Some respond best to sausage slices, others to crispy biscuits, and others may even be delighted with vegetables and fruits, such as sweet apple wedges.
It is also worth noting that it is better to resort to this option only if the dog eats natural food. Combining a basic dry dog food diet with natural treats can lead to digestive problems.
It is easy enough to find special promotions for training in pet stores. They are also different and differ not only in composition, but also in appearance. It can be:
- Pieces of dried meat of various types and shapes,
- Special sausages,
- Crispy biscuits made from meat flour.
The main difference from natural products in such delicacies lies in the composition. It is specially formulated for dogs and usually contains large amounts of meat, cereals for energy and supplements such as calcium.
In addition, using such a promotion is much more convenient than regular food. Most snacks are dry bites that won't stain your pockets or hands, while the wet ones can be taken straight out of the package.
Well, an additional plus is the lack of need for special preparation and a variety of tastes: not every owner will pamper his pet with natural lamb or salmon, and it is very easy to do this with such delicacies.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that such treats for dog training can be used both with the main diet, consisting of dry dog food, and with natural nutrition.