Best Dog Training Treats for Different Training Scenarios
Five things to do when your dog can’t have, or won’t take treats.
Food rewards are powerful tools in the hands of a good positive trainer. Food is considered a primary reinforcer because it has innate value; a dog doesn’t have to learn to like food through association. Using a clicking sound made by a clicker (or other reward marker, such as the word “Yes!”), followed by a high-value food treat is a quick and easy way to send your dog a powerful positive message about which behavior he could repeat to get reinforced again. Food is also commonly used in classical conditioning and counter-conditioning, to create and build a dog’s positive association with a specific stimulus. But what do you do when your dog can’t or won’t take a treat? It depends on the reason he has to decline the food offering.