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REWARDING YOUR DOG 

When it comes to using treats and rewards, does your dog have you well-trained?

 
That can sometimes be the case if your dog will only do something if he knows there's a yummy treat waiting for him at the end. There's also the danger of giving your dog too many food treats, which can lead to his becoming overweight. The key to using treats and rewards with your dogs is that you're always the one who's in control.
Rewarding your dog is a very important part of the ongoing training process. It provides an opportunity to let your dog know how much you like it when he exhibits good behavior. Rewards work best when they're unexpected, and immediately follow the desired behavior or response. And it doesn't always have to be done with a food treat. You can also use a favorite toy, or even just simple verbal or physical praise.
 
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