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What treats should I use during training sessions?

It is important to choose an appropriate treat to reward your dog’s good behaviour. Different dogs will be motivated by different types of treat and it is important to determine what your dog loves the most.

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Try a variety of dog treats or cooked meats. Dogs that are extremely keen on food may be happy to accept their normal kibble as rewards. However, most dogs will prefer a more special reward for harder tasks.

Always break the treats into suitable sized pieces for training before you begin your session.  Treats should be tiny so that they are easy to eat and swallow; pea-sized pieces are normally ideal.  Avoid treats that are large or which require much chewing as this will slow down your training.

Avoid giving your dog large amounts of new treats as this could cause a stomach upset.  If your dog has done a lot of training during the day, you may wish to reduce the amount of main meal you offer later on. This will help to balance out his calorie intake for the day. Of course, if your dog has been doing a lot of activity, he may have burned off the extra energy already.

Avoid human sweets, chocolate and salted snacks as these can be harmful to your dog.


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