“Is there another way to reward my dog without giving him treats?”

By |2018-09-21T11:33:31+10:00September 29th, 2015|Reinforcement|

Dear Sarah, I don’t want to use food to train my dog. Can I just use pats instead? Hamish P Hi Hamish, This is a common question that I get from owners, and the answer is….it depends. How hard do you think people would work if they weren’t paid at the end of the week? For a dog, food is a primary resource (in other words it’s necessary for survival) and most dogs are food driven, so it can be a very easy way to “pay” a dog for working. However, not all dogs are – and when training [...]