You’re Not Using Treats Are You? Yes, I Am!

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.

Jack and I enjoying a hike together

You and your dog will lockstep in your journey together.

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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