Sticks and stones….
I’ve been called “the treat lady”, “the cookie pusher” and the “human treat dispenser” 😂
All of these titles I’m happy with and I welcome.
Paying dogs for a job well done with a valuable reward is not just a nice thing to do (which of course it is), but it also encourages dogs to see the time together with you as happy, motivating, gentle and kind.
They stay happy and engaged with you.
Food is often hugely rewarding for a dog. I mean, its a huge reinforcer for us humans too. When a coworker says they brought in doughnuts or treats to work and they are in the break room, how many of you, go check them out. Not only is it exciting, but it also raises morale in a work place.
When I worked in an office setting, I know I got excited when someone said “cheesecake” 🤤
The power of food is amazing!
Food is a primary reinforcer. Food is necessary for animals’ survival.
When something is delicious, it’s pleasurable and memorable.
Who doesn’t want to enjoy life and all that it offers.
When a high value reward is consistently used in training a new behavior, a strong reinforcement history becomes established.
Once this pattern of reinforcement is set, then watch for your dog offering the behavior on his own. This new habit locks in a clear way of you and your four legged partner communicating with one another.
Being able to acknowledge your dog doing the right thing and reinforcing it will enhance your dog’s sense of security and trust in you.
You and your dog will lockstep in your journey together.