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Should I Use Dog Training Treats When I Teach My Dog?

Karen Treating Oliver
Karen Treating Oliver

Have you ever seen this?

Someone asks their dog to “sit”. The dog just stares at them.

They say “sit”, “sit”, “sit”. Still nothing.

Finally, the person pulls out a treat and asks for “sit”. The dog sits.

This is what bribery looks like. If you see this, something has gone terribly wrong during training.

Every once in a while, I will come across someone who does not believe in using food when working with their dog. The general reason for it is that they don’t want to have to bribe their dogs in order to get them to listen.

This is totally understandable. And it would be a good argument against using food in training…if it were valid. But it isn’t.

Unfortunately, if you have to resort to bribery in order to get your dog to perform, then you haven’t been using the food correctly. So, the issue isn’t the use of food. The issue is the inappropriate use of food.

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