Why Use Food Secrets Of Dog Training Professionals

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Why Use Food Secrets Of Dog Training Professionals

by Ashley D Bigham

Have you ever wondered how the professionals get dogs to do whatever they want seemingly effortlessly? How do they solve behavior problems such as excessive barking, chewing, messing in the house, and aggression? Trainers have the secrets; they know how to interact with their dogs, and have a deep understanding of how dogs learn. They have used behavioral methods from scientific theory and turned that into life skills that they use to train their dogs.

If you?re reading up on the subject of dog training or trying to find a top-notch trainer, you might be wonder what all the hype about using food is. Trainers use positive reinforcement, and food helps them do so. Positive reinforcement is basically giving something that the dog wants for something we want them to do. It?s the same as being employed. We do a job and get paid according to our work. There are lots of things that motivate dogs: contact, socialization, attention, play, and exercise. So why do a lot of trainers use food as a motivator if there?s so many other things that motivate?

Because it works! It works across a broad range of dogs. All dogs need to eat, most dogs love to eat (even beyond basic survival), it?s convenient for the trainer (widely available), it?s more efficient than using toys (faster results for the trainer), and there are some foods that dogs will do just about anything for. Think about food as being money for you; you always want more of it regardless of if you really need it or not. It?s a nice treat to find a 20 dollar bill on the sidewalk; your dog thinks it?s pretty nice to be given a tasty snack just because he sat down.

So why don?t some dogs respond well to food rewards? If your dog has access to their food around the clock, he probably isn?t hungry. You also may be feeding him too much. Your dog might prefer a different kind of treat; he may not like what you?re trying to give him. Try a wide variety of treats, and if he still doesn?t seem interested, switch to another motivator.

Special treats can be fatty or full of sugar, not very healthy in any regard. Use these in moderation and try to find a healthier alternative. The healthier the food you use the healthier your dog is going to be in the long run. Some trainers are lucky enough to have dogs that will work for apples or other fruit.

Ashley writes on how to train your dog better and more efficiently. You can learn more by visiting Dog Training.

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