Do you know someone who has a dog that listens only when food is given 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’s 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 first 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 like 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.
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