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Treats: how not to be dependent on them?

Many animals, including dogs, are educated with food rewards. In fact, this is the easiest thing to use. And it is the most exploited reward for making shows and films of any kind. This is so that the animal can associate what is asked of it in the most positive way possible, but also because it is a very deep reinforcer for most animals. However, using the treat is sometimes very scary when talking about dog education. And that’s mainly because the owners are afraid to be dependent on the treat in front of their dog! Clearly, they are afraid of having to “negotiate” non-stop with them and become a fridge. So, how do you not to be addicted, while making your dog happy? Dog Learning Principles In order not to fall into the trap of dependence on treats, one must first know the principles of learning the dog. For starters, learning is a set of memorization processes implemented by the dog. It therefore memorizes indications that it can tighten up depending on the context. There are several types of learning in dogs: Classical conditioning is the first type of learning in which the dog’s body responds to an environmental stimulus. […]

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The dangers of free treat

Like many owners you may be giving your dog free treats. You may be used to giving some leftovers from the table. You know that your dog is a great foodie and he is never happier than when you give him a piece of sugar or chocolate. After all, if you have a dog, it’s to share moments where everyone is happy together. So is there a real danger to your dog? For starters, this is what we mean by free treat. It’s the fact of suring your dog nibbles outside of your bowl. Snacking can be the tasting of dog treats but also of our leftovers and non-essential treats. Here are the 5 essential rules to know for your dog’s well-being! 1 Overweight Free treat is often associated with being overweight in dogs. We can say that this is rightly the case. Indeed, the latest French study conducted by veterinarians dating back to 2018, shows that nearly a quarter of family dogs are overweight. Yet more than half of these dog owners don’t know it or think it doesn’t matter. And even some prefer it when their dog is coated! It’s a dangerous look for the dog’s health. Because […]

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