Training Family Dogs with Treats is Not Good Longterm
In my opinion, I’m all for any of the Methods that use Positive Reinforcement training for their dogs. I don’g think the best training techniques for dogs involves spoon feeding treats to get “results”. In my opinion, this is not in the owners best longterm interest!
I say stop giving your dog treats for doing something you want them to do everyday! I believe the best training techniques for dogs should be the owner’s/Trainers honest approval. It’s important to always praise for a good job at listening and following a basic command. That is what I call the “Sugar“. (Food treats should be given to dogs for just being dogs). Food is a very good way to get your dog’s early attention, but for long term results, food treats used as training techniques for dogs must be phased out.
Family Dog Training For Owners and Their Pets
I am referring only to family and personal dog training and not of any high end treat training methods used in Police or Secret Service duty and for TV and Films work. This is everyday family dog training for owners and their pets.
My idea of a good training technique for dogs is giving them a treat or “Sugar” when they do what you ask. I’m simply giving my dog a clear and honest approval of what I see coming back from it. That “treat” of accomplishment I honestly give them is way more impactful & longer-lasting than a goggled up dog treat. Treats of approval and satisfaction given to a dog at the right time, will create a far more cohesive bond between them. I think people should give dog’s treats “Just Because” dogs love them.
“Training Doesn’t Have to Be Cruel and Punishment-Oriented”
Here’s a quote from a Positive Reinforcement expert about this Method of training techniques for dogs. “Training doesn’t have to be cruel and punishment-oriented,” Sylvia-Stasiewicz says. “If you train using positive reinforcement, you’ll get a trained dog and you will maintain the spirit of that dog.” This approach fully mirrors my philosophy and method at Way of a Dog.
Training Techniques For Dogs “Personal Perspective”
Some dog owners believe that I might come in and turn their dog into something they won’t recognize. I respond by saying…I do change attitudes…sometimes drastically! In fact, isn’t that why you hired me in the first place? Most of the dogs I work with have morphed into something their owners can’t control or don’t recognize and understand anymore.
Most of the negative change these owners see in their dogs have happened right under their noses (or it came with a new adoption). Dogs “go rogue” in many ways, but mostly it occurs when owners allow it to happen over time. Way of a Dog uses training techniques for dogs and owners to provide proper oversight, corrections and longterm understanding.
My Prescription for Your Dog’s Over-Reactions
My belief is that most of a dogs decisions are pre established from all of their previous set of experiences. Like in a Rolodex of preset reaction cards. These metaphorical reaction “cards” inside dogs heads, have very clear responses and states of minds related to what is “written” on them. Think squirrels, postmen, arriving guests and other dogs.
There are profound implications for dogs and their owners when each of these cards are “Triggered”. When a dog is presented with these established “triggers”, they will then act as prescribed…and Waalah! A Predictable occurrence!
Dogs Can’t Help But React to That Presented “Card”
Those irrational and drastically overblown decisions stemming from this dog state of mind, are usually carried out in mindless repetition. Picture all of your dogs past experiences and reactions engrained onto a recipe card! Once written, dogs will simply continue to react when that “Provocative Card” is presented.
Think doorbells or cat fights. Over time, the problems worsen when dogs amplify their “Normal” reactions that morph into over-reactions, which then lead them into becoming serious obsessions. When proper training techniques for dogs are used, you will be able to actively rewrite all of your doggie’s bad and poor reaction cards!
Someone Who’s Panicking Can’t Really Listen
Could you have a calm and reasonable conversation with a person who’s house is on fire, or who is drowning? This is one reason why training techniques for dogs can help dog owners see the bigger picture. A person cannot have a rational conversation when their house is on fire…or when they are drowning for that matter. How can you expect to connect with your dog when it’s constantly worrying or unsure or distracted when it has become overwhelmed in it’s head?
Dogs in these irrational and drastically overblown states of mind regularly make poor decisions. Certain decisions and overreactions are constantly and consistently causing all the same issues over and over again for their owners. My training techniques for dogs can help owners break the overreaction cycle. Dog owners learn when and how they can get and keep their dogs attention using my Stop Sit & Wait method.
Timing & Training Techniques for Dogs can help owners
Many training techniques for dogs should be used during a dog owners daily routine. If done properly and with precision timing, family dogs will ultimately get out of their own heads and give their owner some better and clearer responses.
I show dog owners how and when to reward their pet for giving them focus and for their calmer reactions. My Stop Sit & Wait Method helps dogs to rewrite their previous over-reactions with ones that are closer to what the owner needs from their dogs. Calmer and more responsive pets are what I seek for my dog owners.
Feeding Dog Treats Hampers Long Term Connections
When considering my training techniques for dogs, feeding a dog Treats during training is only a short term fix. Running out of treats or having to reverse a dogs treat dependence may eventually become yet another issue and impediment to any future training.
“Treat Trained” dogs are much harder for professional trainers and motivated owners to get to listen without using treats. What happens when you don’t have a treat to stop your dog from running into the street after a cat?
I Teach Dogs How to Listen to Their Humans
My training techniques for dogs can guide them on how to listen to their humans. Dogs should discover the amazing things they can and will want to learn from their owner/trainer. Here is an example of some of my training techniques for dogs during a Dog Day Immersion: Izzy’s Full Dog Day with trainer Joe Ozier from Way of a Dog. “Basic Training for Dogs and Their People” Read more about Joe Ozier here: