Posted by: Linda Trunell | October 22, 2013

Let’s Talk About Treats

I love this post! I want to share it with all of my students. I still carry a treat bag on walks and reinforce the behaviors I like all the time with Max (who is now 4 years old). We are going to feed our dogs anyway so why not use food as a reinforcer? Food is to most dogs what money is to most people – a motivator. I often use the analogy of making deposits in the bank when we are reinforcing behaviors with food and caution not to let the bank account be overdrawn.

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Okay, let’s set the record straight once and for all.  “Treat” isn’t a four letter word. Nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing to hide. So, honestly, we really don’t have to be afraid of saying it out loud in front of grandma anymore. I, Sarah Owings, a professional trainer, with professionally trained dogs of my own, yes, even I still carry a pouch of treats with me on walks! Yes, even I still lavish my dogs generously with well timed yummies when they choose to pay attention to me rather than lunge at a barking dog, keep the leash loose when walking through a crowd, or respond to their names when a cat runs by. Even I still run to the fridge for an impromptu jackpot when they come in from the backyard right away when I call. Yes, even I, a professional trainer, still feed my dogs for not…

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