When to treat your dog like a king or queen
There are a lot of myths out there about when to treat your dog. Some people believe that you should never treat your dog because it will spoil them (duh that'sthe point.) Others believe that you should only give your dog treats when they are being obedient or when they have done something good (Earn it and enjoy it.)
Well, which is it? The truth is that there is no one right answer to this question. What works for one dog may not work for another. This is because each dogs nutritional needs are very individualized, so each pet is going to react differently to receiving table scraps or the occasional High Value meat treat.
The best way to decide if treating your dog is a good idea is to evaluate his behavior, and then gauge his response when you give him a treat. If he has a hard time paying attention to you when you are training him or doing something important, and he seems very excited when you give him something tasty... it may be a good idea to hold off on the treats until he is more calm and more able to focus on you and your instructions. But if you are able to give him a treat without causing him to become overly excited he is probably fine get an occasional High Value meat tree every now and then.
Giving a treat does not always mean that you are rewarding your dog's good behavior, but it can often be a positive way to reinforce or reward that behavior, as long as the treat is given in a calm and consistent manner.
The most important thing to remember is not to over-treat your dog. Treats should be given as an occasional reward not as part of his regular diet. Make sure to give your dog a balanced diet and regular checkups with your vet to keep him happy and healthy!
Thanks for reading! I hope this helps you decide when to treat your dog. If you have any questions about this topic or anything else to do with your pet self, don't be afraid to reach out to your local vet or the ASPCA for help! They are both excellent resources for parents.
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