High value treats

High value treats are very tasty and desirable foods that your dog really likes. Generally human food is considered much more desirable to the dog than dog treats. Hot dogs, roast chicken, cabanossi, cheese or the like are all very good.

Treats should be soft and very small, the size of a pea. It is also good to alternate what you use for treats just to keep it interesting for the dog.

Some dogs are not motivated by food. If your dog isn't really interested in food as a reward, you will need to find something else that he'll get excited about.

Sometimes a ball or a toy will do the trick or maybe a cuddle and praise from you will be what he wants.

Balls and tugs

Breeds with high prey drive often get quite excited by chasing a ball or tugging on a rope or toy. All these can be used as a high value reward.

See more on the importance of play and why are games and dog toys important?.

Balls and tugs are low in kilojoules - so if your dog is on the plump side, toys are a good way to reward without adding to their weight problem.

You should reduce the amount you feed the dog in their daily meals by the amount that you gave them during the day as treats.


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