Clicker Training : Treats
You’ll need to have a large supply of treats to use as primary reinforcers.
They have to be absolutely yummy, something your dog just loves, and will
be happy to do about anything to get. Generally, it’s advised to have
a variety of different kinds, so he doesn’t get bored by the same old
thing. One other thing to keep in mind is that you are going to be using
these by the dozens while training, so you must keep them very small so
your dog won’t overeat. In fact, you might want to consider feeding him
his whole dinner this way, though most kibble type dog food won’t be tasty
enough to use as a reinforcer.
Some possible suggestions for treats include:
– Hot dogs that are cut up into tiny bits, cooked or place in the microwave
– Small bits of fried bacon.
– Raw hot dogs or lunch meat, like bologna, cut into tiny bits.
– Cheese, cut up into small bits.
– Turkey or chicken cut into small pieces.
– Beef or turkey jerky cut up in tiny little pieces.
– Ask the butcher for some leftover trimmings, cut up and cook if desired.
– Fried pork skins, sometimes called chicharrones – break into tiny bits.
These are just a few ideas. Use your imagination and your dog’s taste
to come up with others. Keep them small. Also keep in mind that moist
and chewy treats are better than hard, crunchy ones which can take too
long to eat.
– Just as you enjoy an occasional snack between meals, so does your dog
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