How To Maximize Using Food Treats

Do you know someone who has a dog that listens only when food is givenMaximize Dog Treats to him? Or worse, a dog that does not listen even when food is offered.

Sometimes it may seem the only way to get your dog to listen is to bribe him, which does not feel right. But there is good news that it does not have to be this way and as you will see in this article it is not difficult.

Food treats is a powerful tool as I discussed in my previous article

Here are some simple tricks from the leading dog trainer, Doggy Dan, using his way of training and motivation for dogs.

1. The Jackpot:

The first secret is this…Dogs get more motivated and excited by food whenever the size of the treat varies. It is much better to give them smaller treats and then followed by a big one rather than giving them small ones all the time. That may sound simple but you’d be amazed that 95% of dog owners give their dogs the same boring treat every time!

That’s surprising! And here’s why…

How often have you been more excited when you learn that you are going to receive a present than when you actually open up the gift! Think about it. When people play the lottery and buy the ticket the excitement builds as soon as the ticket is in your hands…Then the excitement continues to increase right up to the point when the numbers are announced. Then you realized that you have NOT won the $24 Million Jackpot…maybe next time.

So we try again and buy the ticket the following week. Why?

Because we are hoping for the jackpot!

Even if it’s a small chance that we may win something really big that keeps people buying tickets repeatedly. Likewise, it is the same for your dog. When you occasionally call your dog and give him the biggest reward ever, they will remember it for a long time. Your training will probably go onto turbo boost performance for several weeks.

Doggy Dan tells a story he calls “The story of the magic sausage.” It’sDoggy Dan Magic Sausage about a man who used to feed his dog off the BBQ. Now every time he fired up his BBQ his dog sat by it begging for food. Doggy Dan’s recommendation was simply this…Never feed your dog from the BBQ, instead later in the day when the pit is turned off and everything cleared away call your dog to you when they are not expecting it and as soon as he arrives give them a whole sausage.

Your dog will look at you and think…”WOW! You can create sausages out of thin air!”

The magic sausage story is a perfect example of using a jackpot to motivate a dog to the next level. You will not need to use this method repeatedly to get them second guessing every time you call them if it is going to be a big treat. The result: They will be completely motivated and willing to come every time.

Now if you have a small dog, a whole sausage may be too much but you get the idea. This method makes the use of food a lot more exciting and motivating for your dog than the old “dry biscuit” approach.

2. What is even better to a dog than one huge sausage?

The second secret to using food to motivate your dog builds upon the firstSausage Motivates Your Dog secret which is the jackpot. That is where a whole sausage is used as a reward.

I’m going to suggest that you make one whole sausage a lot more appealing to your dog. Does that mean giving your dog two sausages? No. Simply chop the sausage into 5 or 6 pieces or more.

When your dog receives the Jackpot feed the pieces into your dog’s mouth, one after the other.

Your dog will not believe it. To them receiving 5 or 6 pieces is so much more rewarding than getting one entire sausage which they will no doubt swallow in one mouthful.

So now you know what is even better to a dog than a huge sausage? The answer: One whole sausage chopped into five or six pieces…

3. Not all foods are made equal:

What do you like best, Lemon Meringue pie or Chocolate Pudding? Dogs, like people, have their favorite food treats. To have your dog perform likeDog Perform Like A Rock Star a rock star find out what their favorite treat is.

There is a huge difference in a dog’s performance between a dog who is completely motivated to win the reward compared to the same dog when they are half interested. So your dog’s motivation is connected to your approach whether you give him the same biscuits he ate for breakfast or some new tasty ones.

However, it is not just about the biscuits! You should think outside the box.

For instance, what excites your dog…a large biscuit with peanut butter spread over it, does chicken, sausage, bacon or cheese? You could also try some of the healthy treats.

Although the fattier treats may not be especially good for your dog in large amounts, so as with your own diet you should monitor the quantity. Since you will not be giving out these fatty treats every day, you can safely give them to your dog on occasion.

4. Random rewards:

What is most important is to keep in mind that your primary goal is to fade the food treats over time…until it becomes very random rewards.

So there you are. Four methods to maximize the use of food when you train your dog. If you enjoyed this article then you will love Doggy Dan’s approach to dog training, especially when you actually see it all in action with his videos. There are now over 250!

Enjoy training your dog with this new found knowledge you now have at your fingertips.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions, please post your questions and comments below.

18 thoughts on “How To Maximize Using Food Treats”

  1. “Magic Sausage.” Lol. I don’t blame the dogs for liking that – it sounds good to me, too!
    This should help a lot of people who are struggling to work with their pet and give them some solid new ideas. Well done!
    Keep up the great work.
    Best wishes,

  2. I really enjoyed this article. I struggle with discipline when it comes to my animals. I understand about building excitement. While I am preparing my Mastiff’s dinner I tell her how good it is going to be and I made it especially for her…it works, she eats every bite. Sometimes I give her a treat “just because”, is that really bad?

    1. Hi Donna,

      Dogs will always look forward to eating food. But when you use food treats to train your dog there is a way of using if you want to fade food until it becomes a random reward. The previous article “Should You Use Food To Train Your Dog” will explain a little more about this.

      Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it. I’m glad you found this article informative and hope these tips helps you with working with your dog. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Hi what a great article I never thought about treats this way. Its amazing how simple it can be. It so true that you enjoy food more when you habe 5 or 6 pieces then just in one mouthful. Thanks for these great tips, now to put them into practice 🙂

  4. My dog is so funny – when I get a treat out she immediately goes through every trick she knows. I think she figures if she does them all she will surely get the treat. I enjoyed reading about the pro’s and con’s of using food as a treat and picked up some good tips.

  5. I used to do same with my cat. To offer a good reward to your pet on its good deed, makes it faithfull, I guess so. I am not an expert pet sitter. But I have obtained lot of knowledge out of your article. I am definitely coming back here for my upcoming pet.

    1. Hi Arooj,

      I also have a cat and haven’t tried these methods on her. She just basically lays around and comes to me when she wants attention or she’s hungry.

      I’m glad you found the tips in this article helpful. I wish you the best with your upcoming pet.

      Thank you for your comment. You have a great day!

  6. I would call the jackpot method in another way. That’s the SIZZLE effect! How many times people get tantalized by the mere aroma of food. Dogs may even get thrilled than us with their stronger senses to smell. As Rosa has pointed out, I guess variety and keeping your dogs in suspense will help a lot.

    Another way I can think of exciting our friends is challenging them with food. As they have great senses you may hide the food with a strong smell that excites them. Not only they will be happy satisfying their taste buds, but their brains will be stimulated too, being happier solving a problem.

    I hope all will get loads of unconditional love from your buddy/buddies! Thanks Rosa for this great tip!

  7. Great Post! It is very difficult to make my dog listen and treats (biscuits) don’t always work. I will try some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

  8. thanks for sharing this wonderful article really found it interesting your website content is really amazing I am enjoying reading your content.

    1. Hi Alham,

      Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the article and found it valuable. I will be posting more content soon.

      Thank you for your comment.

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