Saturday, February 27, 2016

Should You be Using Food to Train Your Dog?

using food to train your dog?
using food to train your dog

Have you ever asked yourself whether or not using food is cheating when training your dog? 

If you have, then I can promise you that you are not alone. It’s something that many people never actually get clear in their minds and yet it is one of the most powerful topics to understand and also very simple to master! What I am about to explain in this article will almost certainly surprise you but also make total sense. It will contradict some of the things that you have heard through the grapevine, but getting tips from other dog owners at the park is not always the best place to get your dog training advice from. 

Once you have read this I’m sure that both you and your dog will have a better understanding and appreciation for each other. Firstly, let’s look at the comment that you should never use food to get your dog to respond to you because your dog will then only listen to you if you have food in your hand. This is simply not true. Doggy Dan, the world famous dog trainer from TheOnlineDogTrainer.com, tells me his dogs listen to him whether he has food or not, yet he trained them all initially with food rewards. If you would like to take a look at Doggy Dan’s complete dog and puppy training site for $1 then you can do. 

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The reason you can start by using food is because once your dog has learnt to respond to your command without thinking about it, you simply fade the food out gradually. Fading the food out is such an important concept, and is also referred to as using ‘random rewards’. In a nutshell you simply start giving your dog the treat from inside your hand so they can’t see it. Then you slowly start to reward only every 2nd and then every 3rd time. Eventually you can space out the treats until they become random rewards. In a separate article I’ll explain how to boost your results with the random rewards and leave your dog totally focused and awaiting your next command without using up all your food too fast! So look out for that one… 

The second myth about using food is this: dogs should just be happy to work for you without any food  rewards. I have heard this said and I have noticed that it’s nearly always said by people who have not owned or trained many dogs or by people who are quite happy to use a lot of force, fear and aggression in their training. In a way, this approach was the “old school” way – that dogs should just be obedient or else. Well the way I see it is this… How long would you work for nothing? Not long I am guessing! And for many dogs that’s exactly how they see it. They get bored working so hard with absolutely no reward in return. 

Now not all dogs need food treats, some dogs are just so happy to please and with them the rewards are optional. However put very simply, dogs are all different. There are those who’ll do anything you ask with a smile on their face, and those who are always thinking about their next meal. With a dog who just wants to please there may be no need to use food rewards once they have understood what you want. On the other hand, dogs who do not care for your pats, cuddles or their ball when they are racing around the park playing with other dogs are the ones that will seriously benefit from some very tactical food training

By now you’re probably thinking that you always end up giving your dogs food treats, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! As I mentioned earlier when you understand how to fade out your food treats and use a boost-effect to maximize the use of your treats (which is another topic I’ll cover soon), you too will find your dog responding to you lightening fast every time. So next time you are out with your dog feel free to use food as a reward when they do something good and don’t worry about anybody telling you otherwise. But also remember to start to fading out the rewards over a long period of time. 

There is no rush though, and we are talking months not days! Eventually you may end up only using the food rewards every 5th time, then every 20th time… And by the way, if you’re worried about them eating too much, simply take it out of their dinner so their total amount eaten during the day stays the same. Hopefully that helps clear a few things up about the use of food. It’s always going to be the number one reward for most dogs. Soon I’ll explain how to boost the effect of using food rewards and also go into a little more about exactly which food treats will get the best results. 

Again I can promise you that this simple trick will make you smile. Of course if you are wanting a total dog training solution, reading about it can only get you so far. If you want to see it all in action, with videos then I suggest that you check out Doggy Dans complete dog and puppy training website. And remember, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days! To get YOUR access now just CLICK HERE

How to Stop Your Dogs Digging

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So what’s the score with my dogs digging? I hear you asking…

Why are they doing it and how do I stop them destroying my beautiful back garden?

Well here’s the way your dog see’s it and its very different from how you think! In fact it will answer a lot of your questions.

Firstly though here’s what your dogs digging is not. Your dogs digging is not their attempt to annoy you, wind you up or simply ruin your new flower garden out of spite.

Dogs simply are not like that…(you’re thinking like a human)

Natural behavior Dogs are fun loving animals however and so many dogs will dig for fun. Younger dogs and puppies especially simply love exploring, investigating and having a good time in the soil, sand, mud, stones etc…it really doesn’t matter to them. Sometimes dogs are doing it for specific reasons, such as they are too hot and are looking to dig into the cooler ground. Alternatively they could be cold and looking to build a bit of a den. They could simply have too much energy and are trying to channel it into something in which case more exercise will certainly help.

You need to cover off all these things before you simply start blaming your dog as a naughty dog! Smelly fertilizers One of the biggest motivators for dogs digging is if you have sprinkled some sort of fertilizer such as “blood and bone” or anything that has a smelly element to it. This will drive your dog wild so be careful where you sprinkle your magic garden food.

Whilst we are on this topic be very careful with slug pellets which can be deadly for dogs. Some products on the market claim to be safe however if they do not say they are then you can assume that they are deadly and so do not use them! Now back to the digging…so once you have given your dog plenty of exercise, removed any buried bones, stopped using smelly garden products and given your dog a nice shelter to stay warm you start to ask the question…

“What now?”

Well digging like I say is a very normal activity, however excessive digging is not. In other words, most dogs dig and the secret is not to stop it but to work with your dog and manage their digging. And don’t worry I shall explain how to stop any excessive digging aswell. Digging pits If you can focus your dogs digging into one area then you are halfway there.

This can be done by creating a clear digging pit, possibly just a few pieces of wood with a couple of nails….You could even start the digging with a spade! If you put a few toys in, bury them and encourage your dog to dig in and maybe even bury a couple of tasty treats…just a couple of times you will be amazed at how quickly your dog starts to pay attention and get involved!

Once your dog understand that they are ok to dig in one area but not in the middle of the lawn you are on your way to success. Holes in the lawn But what about the holes in the lawn? I here you ask, well… he best solution for holes that have started is to put a small brick or rock at the bottom of the hole and wedge it in. Then bury it back in a pack the earth in around it. Then if your dog tries to return to dig in that area they will become stuck when they get to the rock. No fun for your dog.

Most will give up. If they continue, I would walk over to them, guide them back over to your digging pit and encourage them to dig. If they keep going back to the lawn to dig, place them in timeout somewhere. They will soon learn that they are not allowed to dig in the lawn. Digging when you are not there One of the biggest problems that people have is digging when they leave the property however the solution is quite simple. Rather than this being a excessive energy problem or a dog who loves digging problem it is a pack leader issue.

That’s right, your dog is digging most likely to try to escape the property to find you. That is why so many dogs who dig when the owner is away are digging around the base of the fence or gate. Owners will often say to me “my dog never digs when I am home, only when I am away” That’s right when you are home they relax and are happy, when you leave they try to find you.

They see it as their job to protect you and look after you. Many dogs will simply become stressed when they are left and channel their stress into digging, anywhere. Destructive behavior such as chewing is the same thing, they are simply stressed as they think that their job is to protect and look after you. Become the pack leader In a nutshell you need to become the pack leader and then they will relax when you are not around. Not only this but so many other issues will also likely disappear when your dog understands that they are not in charge.

The best site I have come across to understand how to become the pack leader is Doggy Dan’s amazing website. And believe it or not but you can actually check it out here for $1! CLICK HERE

That’s right, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days just so you can first see if you like it! Becoming the pack leader using Doggy Dan’s method is not harsh or difficult it is a very kind and gentle way of working with your dog. It explains in some very simple steps exactly how to become the pack leader and the site also has fantastic sections on both raising the perfect puppy dog and stopping any unwanted behaviors. Quite simply it is a fantastic site and one that I fully recommend you take a look at.

Whatever your digging issue, becoming the pack leader will help your dog relax, when you are home or away and then any training that you put in place will have an effect. When it comes to dog training, if you are not the pack leader you aren’t going to achieve anything fast. So make sure that you get the order right… You need to first win your dogs mind and then you can train their body !

Make sense? And to win their mind and become the pack leader CLICK HERE then all the tips on stopping digging above will take care of the rest. Remember, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days!

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How to Maximize The Use of Food Treats

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How to maximize the use of food treats
We all know somebody who’s got a dog that only listens when food is shown to them. Or even worse a dog who simply doesn’t listen even when treats are on offer. Maybe it's you and your dog? Sometimes it really does seem like the only way to get your dog to listen to you is to bribe them, and that just doesn’t feel right. Well the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way and the solution certainly isn’t complicated… as you’re going to see. Here’s four very simply tricks that I’ve picked up from leading dog trainer, Doggy Dan, that make so much sense and have transformed my own way of training and motivating my dog. I’ve seen this in action so I know it all works. 

1. The Jackpot: 
The first secret is simply this… Dogs are far more motivated and excited by food rewards when the size of the reward varies. In other words it's much better to give your dog a couple of smaller treats followed by a big one than just to give small ones all the time. I know it sounds so simple and yet I can promise you that 95% of dog owners are giving their dog the same boring treat every time! That’s right, the surprise is everything! And here’s why… How many times have you been more excited when you are told that you are going to get a present than when you actually open it up and get the present! Think about it. When people play the lottery and buy a ticket the excitement builds as soon as you have your ticket… 

Then the excitement continues to increase right up to the point when the numbers are announced. Then you realize that you’ve NOT won the $24 Million Jackpot…maybe next time. Still we buy a ticket the following week. Why? Because we are holding out for the jackpot! It's the small chance that we may win something really big that keeps people buying tickets again and again. And it's the same for your dog. If you very occasionally call your dog over and give him the biggest reward of his life they will remember if for a long time. Your training will probably go onto turbo boost performance for many weeks. Doggy Dan tells a story he calls the “The story of the magic sausage” about a man who used to feed his dog off the BBQ. Not surprisingly his dog sat by it begging for food every time that it was fired up. 

The recommendation was simply this… Never feed your dog from the BBQ, but later in the day, when the BBQ is turned off and everything cleared away call your dog to you when they are not expecting it. Then as soon as they arrive out of the blue give them a whole sausage. Your dog will look at you and think…“WOW. You can produce sausages out of thin air!” The magic sausage story is a great example of using a jackpot to motivate a dog to another level. You will not need to use many to get them second guessing every time you call them if it's going to be a big treat. The result: They will be totally motivated and come running every time. Of course a whole sausage may be too much if you only have a tiny dog but you get the idea. This trick makes the use of food far more exciting, and motivating for your dog than the old “one dry biscuit, one dry biscuit, one dry biscuit” approach. 

2. What is even better to a dog than one big sausage? 

Now the second secret to using food to motivate your dog actually builds upon secret number one which is the jackpot. That's where we use a whole sausage as a reward. Now I am actually going to suggest that you make that jackpot of one whole sausage even more appealing to your dog. How could you possibly do that without giving the dog two sausages I hear you ask! The solution is this… 

Chop the sausage into a handful of nice pieces, maybe 5 or 6. Now when your dog gets the Jackpot feed them into your dogs mouth, one after another as if all their Christmas’ have come at once. Your dog will not believe their luck. To them getting 5 or 6 pieces is far more rewarding than getting one whole sausage which they probably will swallow in a couple of mouthfuls. So now you know the answer to the question what is even better to a dog than a whole sausage? Answer: A whole sausage chopped into five or six pieces… 

3. Not all food is created equal: 

Do you like Lemon Meringue pie best or Chocolate Pudding? Dogs, like people, all have their favorite food treats and if you want your dog to perform like a rock star then find out what spins their wheels! There is a huge difference in performance between a dog who’s totally motivated to win the reward compared to the same dog when they are only half semi-interested. So often that motivation is directly related to whether you are using the same dry biscuits that they ate for breakfast or some new tasting ones. But it's not just about dry biscuits! You should also think outside the square. 

For example, does your dog love a large dog biscuits with some peanut butter spread all over it, does chicken, sausage, bacon or cheese get them doing cart wheels? You could also try some of the healthy manufactured treats. Of course some of these fattier high end treats may not be especially good for your dog in large quantities, so as with our own diet the volume needs to be monitored. The flip side of this is that since these top end treats are not going to be given out very often so you can actually afford to splash out a bit. 

4. Random rewards: 

Most importantly is to keep in mind the end goal that you are going to fade the food treats out over time… until they become very random rewards. Don’t forget! So there you go. Four ways to maximize the use of food when training your dog. If you have enjoyed these then you will just love Doggy Dan's approach to dog training, especially when you actually see it all in action with his videos. 

There are now over 250! If you are interested in one of the best dog training methods around at the moment, check out his site here => http://bit.ly/1T423NwThat’s all for now. Enjoy training with your new empowering knowledge at your finger tips and stay tuned for more in the next few days.