Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
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Using Treats for Training – Jackpots and Random Rewarding
Let's get into some of the important things you need to know when it comes to using treats for training. In particular, we're going to talk about the idea of the "jackpot."
In the last section I asked you to figure out a few good motivators for your dog. Now, you're NOT going to be using your dog's favorite treat every single time – you're going to save that as a jackpot. Instead, for most training you should use any other highly motivational treat or game – but don't use the favorite every time.
So what's a jackpot, and why do we use them?
Think about it this way. Let's say you love chocolate ice cream. But part of the appeal of chocolate ice cream is that you don't eat it for every meal. If ALL you ate was chocolate ice cream, you'd start to get bored with it pretty quickly. (Okay, so maybe chocolate ice cream isn't the best example – but you see where I'm going with this, right?)
The same applies to using treats with your dog. If you use her favorite treat in the same quantity every time, a couple of things can happen:
The treat can start to lose its motivational value, and
Training can become predictable, which is something you want to avoid.
Next time: Jackpots and Random Rewarding Cont'd
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