Five great ideas for dog treats
Why should you give your dog treats?
Dog treats can form an essential part of the relationship between you and your dog. A well behaved and trained dog can bring a lot of pleasure to any family. A misbehaving dog can cause a lot of distress and damage and is usually completely avoidable. It can be all too tempting to punish a dog for bad behaviour but this is not effective. Unless a dog is caught in the act it is unable to associate any punishment with the act. Instead a dog should be rewarded for good behaviour or for responding well to training. Rewarding with dog treats teaches your dog that good behaviour will be rewarded and often bad habits are soon forgotten.
This article suggests five ways in which to treat your dog for good behaviour. Remember however that the incorrect choice of treat such as leftovers from your dinner are often harmful to your dog, particularly in the long term. Also don't forget that dog treats are a reward for good behaviour, they should be given as just that. The over use of dog treats will remove all meaning from good behaviour and your dog will come to expect them rather than feel they are to be earned. Ideally your dog will soon learn to look forward to a chance to prove they deserve a treat.
Make some dog treats yourself!
People are often surprised that there are hundreds of recipes for dog treats to suit all breeds of dog. most are very easy and cheap to make. Often a search through the kitchen cupboards can find all the ingredients needed for one of these simple dog treats recipes. Bare in mind that by cooking your own dog treats there is a risk of accidentally including an ingredient that could be harmful to your dog, so perhaps a good idea would be take a few recipes with you on your next visit to the vet and have them checked? There are several good books that can guide you through healthy nutritious recipes;
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Treat your dog with a favourite activity!
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Take your dog on a new adventure!
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Buy your dog some tasty treats to enhance training!
From straightforward house training to more complicated commands and tricks, tasty dog treats are essential to reinforcinggood behaviour and training successes. There is such a wide range of treats available on the market that finding something appropriate for your dog is simple. Be sure to check the ingredients for suitability and don't be afraid to ask your vet for advice when choosing a suitable treat.