When it comes to training your dog to behave, you can easily use treats to accomplish this task. Dogs not only love treats but they can smell them from 25 feet away because of how much more advanced their sense of smell is versus ours. Because they can smell them from so far away, they can actually smell the ingredients in them as well. This is why you should only give them treats with ingredients that you know.
How to use dog treats to teach your dog to calm down
When trying to teach a hyper dog to calm down, using treats can be an effective tool. Dogs love treats, especially when they have their favorite ingredients in them. Here is how you can use treats to teach them to calm down and behave.
Keep the treat up and away from your dog when teaching them to calm down and behave. Since they can smell so far away, you don’t need to put the treat right under their nose for it to work. Once they see the treat, they will start jumping around and get excited. This is not the time to give it to them. This is when you either step back and away from them to show them that they are not behaving in a good manner. Wait until they calm down to give them the treat because if you give it to them while they are jumping around and being hyper, you will be rewarding bad behavior. Once they realize they are not going to get the yummy treat, this is when you calmly say to them, “sit.” Once they sit down and stare at you while waiting on the treat you can finally give it to them. Then tell them how good they were for sitting. This is rewarding them for good behavior and not for being hyper and bad. Remember, you want them to learn how to calm down.
Best time to give dog treats
There is always a good time for everything and this is also the case for giving your dog treats. You definitely don’t want to try to train your dog using treats after they have eaten because they might not be as excited to get the treat. You will want to give them treats in between meals. It is also a good idea, of course, to give them something they like in a dog treat. Try not to give them human junk food or candy, especially chocolate because some human food, especially chocolate can make them sick. Their stomachs can’t handle some of the food we eat.
Best dog treats to give your dog
Since your dog is considered a part of your family, it is best to find good, nutritious treats with ingredients that you can actually pronounce. If the dog treat has ingredients in it that you can even pronounce, it is not a good treat to give them. Treat them like family and shop for their food just like you would when shopping for your family’s food. After all, they are part of the family too.
You can also ask your vet for recommendations for the best treats to give them.
Don’t forget that dog treats are a form of your affection for them. So make sure to give the treats to them at the right time and for the right reasons. You don’t want to confuse your dog so make sure exercise and discipline comes first before giving them the treats so they know that you are rewarding them for good behavior.