In this week’s AbsoluteDogs TV Episode, we discuss:
What do you DO when your dog has zero interest in working for food or treats?
Our first tip; ANIMATE your dog’s food. Make it a GOOD DEAL for your dog!
Our second tip; DITCH that food BOWL! One of the BEST ways to incorporate food into your dog’s training plan is to stop feeding your dog out of a food bowl and start using their food through training GAMES and enrichment activities. Dogs are CONTRAFREELOADERS. In simple terms, that means when given the opportunity to choose between food that is freely fed (i.e. poured into a bowl) or food that is presented in a way that requires effort (i.e. playing games, tackling a stuffed Kong or searching for hidden food in a snuffle mat), a dog prefers the food that requires effort. It’s an ENGAGING and REWARDING experience for them!
Our third tip; consider the VALUE and TYPE of food you are using. Is it high value? Is it enjoyable? Does your dog love the taste and the texture? Remember, TRAINABILITY is about SUSCEPTIBILITY to REINFORCEMENT. What does that mean? Well, if your dog isn’t susceptible to reinforcement (i.e. they aren’t hungry, are tired or just don’t enjoy the food on offer) then they actually aren’t going to want to work or be able to learn.
In this super episode, we discuss these tips AND MORE – basically, we’re diving into ALL the ways you can grow a dog who LOVES working for food and treats whilst having FUN and playing GAMES at the same time as TRAINING your dog!
TOP TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
– Make sure your dog is HUNGRY and WELL-RESTED before play or training. – Make sure your dog is a HEALTHY weight.
– Make sure the food you are using is VALUABLE.
– Make your interactions, training sessions and play are an EXPERIENCE for your dog!
WANT TO KEEP LEARNING WITH MORE TIPS, TRICKS AND STRATEGIES? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!
Using Your Food for Training Young or New Dogs
STAS: Creating Food Drive in your Dog
How To Deal With Your Dog Growling Around Bones, Food and Toys!
STAS: My Dog Just Isn’t Food Motivated – Help!
The Best Time To Ditch That Dog Bowl
STAS: Training Without Food
How Do You Reward Your Dog?
STAS: How To Deal With Growling And Bones
How To Stop Your Dog Counter Surfing?
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