When it comes to training our dog, food has got to be the ultimate tool in our box. There are exceptions, but most dogs relate to food as a reward and will do almost anything, especially if they are hungry enough. This then is the secret to successful training with food…make sure they are hungry.
Recently I have had to get control of a very naughty puppy, out on his walks he simply wouldn’t come back, he would disappear into the woods and if I was lucky I would see glimpses of him. It was extremely frustrating and of course there is the safety aspect of the roads etc. Drastic measures were needed. I didn’t feed him all day so that when it was time for his walkies he was really hungry! The pull of food became stronger than the pull of the woods. Incorporate a few tuggy games and within a week that puppy was mine!
I came across this video that has some great examples of how training with food should work. Great video!
One of the important things to remember when using food is to keep the sessions short. 5 or more short, a few minutes at a time short, are far more effective than a long session. Puppies will soon get bored, frustrated and will even walk away if the expectation is too much.
Here is another video that is full of great information
Some of the ideas contained in these videos will certainly make yours and puppies life a lot less stressful! Training with food is the preferred choice, if you are unfortunate enough to have a dog thats not food orientated then use toys. A very dear friend of mine once said to me ‘make sure you are the most interesting thing on the park to your dog’ Those words have stayed with me and my puppy (who is 14 Months old now) is safe and happy in my company!