Using Treats To Teach A Dog
Dogs respond very well to positive feedback. Treats and food rewards are a great tool to be employed in your dog training sessions, as long as you understand how to use food rewards without overusing them.
You use treats principally to get your dog to pay attention to you. One of the first things you need to do is simply let your dog know that you have goodies for them, and then ask them to follow you, giving them a treat now and then as they obey.
Don’t stint on the treats, either. You can reward your dog at this stage simply for paying attention to you, and for every good thing they do along the way. It’s a great idea to use minute treats so you can use them quite often.
Once your dog learns your commands, you actually don’t need to continue to employ treats. They shouldn't obey you simply because they are expecting to finally get a treat, but because pleasing you by following your commands actually rewards your dog all on it's own. You need to find additional methods to reward them in your dog training sessions.
However , even trained dogs may need treats at the times when they are distracted or not paying close enough attention for any reason. It’s OK to use treats now and then even with an already-trained dog, but you don't want it to be the standard.
It's important that your dog be well placed to follow your commands without food rewards, and that your dog does not associate that reward too strongly with each action. You use it as a dog obedience training tool during your training sessions only , rather than bribing them with food in their everyday life.
Be patient with your dog, and try and understand that canine obedience training is typically very mystifying for them. Ensure you stay patient, and consistent in the commands you give, to help them grow used to your coaching strategies.