When it comes to dog training, many new dog owners often get stuck on what kind of method they should use. The internet is chock-full of different methods such as crate training and shock collar training.
It can be difficult to find a trusting method, especially if you’ve already had bad luck. We caught up with BarxBuddy to get the run-down of the best dog training secrets out there.
BarxBuddy is a pet product company that focuses on innovative technology in order to make caring for your pet easy and enjoyable. With pet owners in mind, BarxBuddy designs products to improve both owners and their pet’s lives.
Positive Reinforcement is Key
BarxBuddy promotes implementing the positive reinforcement approach to dog training throughout their website. So, what is positive reinforcement?
Positive reinforcement is a method that helps your dog associate good behavior as positive. Here are some of BarxBuddy’s tips for implementing positive reinforcement:
- Differentiate to your dog what is good and what is bad. Don’t react explosively when your dog acts out – they may perceive your reaction as positive. Take the time to understand how your dog perceives positive and negative action.
- Timing is everything. Giving your dog a treat after they stop barking could be mistaken for rewarding the barking instead of warning the silence.
- Stay consistent! If you keep at it, your dog will start to pick up what is good and what is bad.
Treats as a Reward
When used properly in the positive reinforcement method, treats can be extremely effective in helping your dog learn good from bad. While it is also encouraged to praise your dog with love and affection, using treats as a form of reward has been scientifically proven to speed up the training process.
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Your dog will love the flavor, and you will love the wholesome ingredients of the BarxBuddy Training Treats (Peanut Butter Recipe).
It’s definitely best to go with treats that are made with natural, whole ingredients. In their article “Can Dogs Have Peanut Butter?,” BarxBuddy recommends making treats at home using ingredients you can find at the grocery store like chickpea flour, potato flour, peanut butter, and molasses. They also have their own line of peanut butter-based treats perfect for training any sized dog.
If you don’t have the time to make treats at home, putting a tablespoon of peanut butter on your dog’s favorite toy is a great treat alternative. According to BarxBuddy, all-natural peanut butter is a safe ingredient for dogs because it is not too high in calories and contains vitamins B and E.
Like everything, moderation is key. Make sure your dog continues to follow a healthy diet and regular eating schedule outside of having treats.