Sunday, August 21, 2016

Teaching Your Dog Take Treats Gently

Another awesome video from Donna Hill's channel.

With many dogs, you really have to watch your fingers when trying to give them a treat. 

Our guys do quite well being gentle taking treats; perhaps partially because they get a lot of practice. Only when she's very excited, Cookie gets grabby, trying to quickly take the treat and get back to whatever she's been focused on. It becomes particularly obvious when I try to use the "Look a that" game to teach her to ignore a squirrel, for example.

Level of arousal is certainly one criteria to keep in mind when trying to get your dog take treats gently.


Donna Hill, Donna Hill B.Sc. B.Ed., has a degree in zoology and a teaching degree. She has 20 years experience in adult and child education and enjoyed teaching people how to observe animals in nature as a nature interpreter, field biologist and train-the-trainer for presentation skills and now applies her knowledge and skills to help people and their dogs. She helps people with disabilities to train their own service dogs and has experience working with autistic and developmentally delayed teens. She uses plain English to explain what you are doing and why and also provides analogies you can relate to. She was also a Girl Guide and earned the highest honor as well as worked in the Tourism industry as a information counselor. She loves to share key information with people!

Visit her blog at Online Clicker Training Tutorials & Coaching.

Check out her two Youtube channels supernaturalbc2009 and supernatural 2008 for more awesome videos. Her motto is "Yard by Yard, Life is hard. Inch by Inch, It's a Cinch!" Break everything down into it's simplest parts and it's achievable!

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