When people are learning how to train their dog, whether from books, the internet or from a trainer, you’re going to hear the words ‘high-value treat.’ Your going to see trainers handling hot dogs and chicken breast, and you’re going to see how amazingly these dogs respond and want to do it yourself. Makes sense; I’d certainly work harder for a big pizza than I would for a piece of celery. Right?
Here’s my word of caution, and I hope you read it if you’re new to dog training:
High-Value Treats are only ‘high value’ when they are rarely used.
It’s something I’ve heard time and time again. “He used to be responsive, but he’s gotten bored with treats.” “He’s just not food motivated anymore.” “He must be bored with learning.” Dogs don’t get ‘bored with learning.’ There’s always something deeper. Dogs get frustrated with inconsistency. They get frustrated when…
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