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When choosing a reward for your dog, obviously, you want to make sure it is something they will get excited about and thoroughly enjoy! Some dogs are motivated by food, others more by toys. Figure out what your dog likes best, then only use that “thing” during training. I mostly use food when doing obedience for several reasons but mainly because I can get more repetitions and maintain a dog’s attention longer, at a lower drive. I start with the lowest value treat (dog’s own kibble) then work my way up in value as the difficulty level of training increases (eg: chicken). View these rewards as a paycheck for your dog working. When the job gets longer or harder that paycheck should increase to maintain the dog’s "want" to work. When it comes to toy rewards, we love Kongs! Kongs are perfect because they are specifically designed in a way where they are safe and fun for all sizes/breeds of dogs. A Kong will hone in on a dog’s prey drive which easily excites dogs and adds to the overall positive experience. If using food, training treats should be low in calories but also taste good! Freeze dried @vitalessentialsraw are typically what I start with. They contain 1 ingredient: meat! Dogs love them and they are a healthy, filler-free treat that have many flavors options. Once you have your dog’s attention, use it! Start training, start building a bond, be the pack leader and enjoy every second of it!
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