A lot of people say that it’s impossible to train a dog with treats if the pup doesn’t like them. This is not true! Rewards can be anything you want your pet to work for, including toys and praise. Some dogs respond better to food than others, so experiment until you find out what they prefer. It may be easier in the beginning if you use something like hot dogs or cheese instead of their usual kibble and then gradually introduce healthier options as they get used to the process.
There are many different types of rewards that can also help when training your pup: hand signals, verbal cues, body language… The possibilities are endless! And the best part is, you get to decide what your dog likes! Try out some of these six favorite dog treat recipes and see how they work for your dog.
1. The best dog training treats are homemade
A treat is something that gives a dog motivation to perform an action.
A reward is something that is given to or gained by someone as a result of one’s efforts, typically an abstract representation of the good things it brings and value, and often contrasted with punishment. A consequence can also follow as a result. Rewards generally make people feel happy and encouraged, while punishments make people feel sad and discouraged. Punishments could include anything from time-outs to spankings.
The best dog training treats are homemade because they’re inexpensive, easy to make, and you know exactly what’s going into them! This recipe is for a healthy peanut butter cookie treat.
- 2 cups flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons organic peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Mix the first five ingredients together. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and coconut oil. Pour batter onto greased cookie tray or silicone mat. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before serving as a doggie reward!
2. Some easy-to-make recipes include cheese, peanut butter, and banana; bacon; liverwurst; or cottage cheese
These are some easy-to-make recipes for your dog.
Cheese – Gruyere, provolone, or cheddar will do just fine
Peanut butter – organic, of course
Banana – ideally another favorite food of your canine friend that you can use to cross-train them to associate the smell with something good
Bacon – I know what you’re thinking, but it’s okay because bacon is low in fat and high in protein
Liverwurst is a classic treat for a dog. Liverwurst is a shelf-stable, fermented meat paste made from liver and either pork or beef. Liverwurst is very high in vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, as well as other nutrients such as iron. The only downside to liverwurst is that it can be tough for some dogs to digest if they have a sensitive stomach. If that’s the case with your pup, just try cutting the liverwurst up into smaller bits so they can digest it more easily.
3. Be sure to use healthy ingredients that your pup enjoys!
This is another thing you can do to make healthy dog treats. Cut up some veggies and add them to a batch of healthy, homemade peanut butter cookie dough. After all, this is for your pup! Cucumbers, broccoli, and bell peppers are just a few vegetables that would be perfect for this recipe.
4. To make the treat even more enticing, cut them into small pieces so they look like little “doggy cookies”
“Some good reasons to make a doggy cookie is because it’s a way of saying thank you to your pup for being so wonderful and patient while you’re working away on the computer. It also makes them look forward to coming back to you after they walk or run around on their own.”
A reward is something that is given to or gained by someone as a result of one’s efforts, typically an abstract representation of the good things it brings and value, and often contrasted with punishment. A consequence can also follow as a result. Rewards generally make people feel happy and encouraged, while punishments make people feel sad and discouraged.
5. If you aren’t up for making your own treats, there are some pre-made options available at most pet stores – just be sure to read the labels before buying!
If you’re not up for the task of making your own treats, there are some pre-made options available at most pet stores – just be sure to read the labels!
Continue with paragraph about how dog training treats are a great way to reward your pup for being so good.
Many people think that treats are only for dogs who behave poorly – but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Treats can be used as rewards for any type of behavior that you want to see more of, whether it’s sitting down on command, holding their leash nicely, or coming back when called.
Don’t forget to give your pup a treat as a reward for good behavior! “When you give them their treats, make sure that they sit nice and patiently while you take the time to praise and thank them for what they’ve done.”