If your dog knocks over your bin and spills some of the contents - you have to clean up the kitchen and take a costly trip to the vet. Your dog is ok, he's going to be fine but you still have a problem - as now everyday your dog is rummaging through your rubbish.
This is because your dog has been rewarded multiple times for an unwanted behaviour, making it harder for you to stop him.
All dogs love a treat! While feeding your dog a treat maybe more casual than his regular meals, you should still pay careful attention to the types you buy.
Feeding treats that are unhealthy can cancel out any good ingredients he gets from his regular meals.
Looking at the ingredients list is a good start point. Try to choose treats that are natural and have nutritional ingredients.
Nylabone natural treats are usually slightly longer lasting than some others, but they're designed to be consumed, so they won't last as long as a Nylabbone chew toy.
Find a Nylabone edible treat for your dog.
Other treats can be used to help occupy your dog whilst you are away - these can be used in stuff chews or hidden around the house for your dog to sniff out.
Have a read of our recipe suggestions for stuff chews.
Treats can be used to reward good behviour and distract from less desirable acts!
Treats are a great way of motivating dogs to do what we ask, and help them learn that upon achieving the goal they get a reward.
The two most common commands we like our dogs to learn are:
This is easy to teach with treats, just hold a treat in your hand and move it back over your dog's head. When he begins to fold down into a sitting position, give him the treat. If he tries to jump up instead, your likely to be holding the treat too high, so try again but holding it lower. Good timing is important. Make sure you give him the treat as he's sitting and then you'll get more of the behaviour you want to reward.
Teaching your dog to recall is very important and key to you letting him run off the lead when you're out on walks together. It is also essential in teaching him to play fetch with you.