April 21, 2021 2 min read

Dog treats are an incredibly useful tool to use during training for your pup. They work as a reward and help keep your dog concentrated on the learning process, no matter what age they are. Read below for tips on using treats for positive reinforcement.  

Using Treats for Positive Reinforcement

Once your pup has done the command you asked of them, you can reward them with a treat for a job well done. Make sure to give the treat AFTER they have done what you asked. This is the best way to positively reward them.

Choosing the Right Treat

Using treats that are small, yummy, healthy, and easily eaten are best. Make

sure the treat is tasty to your pup specifically. If they are not interested in the treat, they will not be interested in following the command. The fewer ingredients, the better! Natural dog treats that are high in protein and lower in calorie content are ideal. You can visit your local pet store or consult with your vet about which treat is right for your pup. 

Tip: Work on positive reinforcement training between meals, so your pup is not full from just finishing a meal.

How to Use Treats During Training

A good technique to follow for giving treats is holding the treat in your hand between the first two fingers and thumb and let your pup sniff so they know it is there and you have their full attention. Slowly lift the treat above their nose so they know you are holding it in your hand. Use a natural voice when giving your pup a command, so you do not startle or distract them.

Tip: Try not to overexcite your dog during training. This can take their focus off the command.

We hope these tips were helpful to start getting you and your pup on the right paw with training. With consistency (and yummy treats!) you’ll be constantly saying good boy (or girl) during your training sessions.