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Do you have a new puppy in the home? One of the most nerve-wracking experiences for a new fur parent is the task of training a new puppy. To successfully have a new puppy listen and respond to commands, you need a good incentive. The way to do this? Puppy treats! Not only are they an excellent aid during training, but they can also work as an excellent supplement to the diet your puppy is on. Whether you are looking for healthy and organic treats, soft treats, specific puppy training treats or puppy chews, we can offer you a broad choice for your puppy.
Rewards Ahead! Even the healthy puppy treats will go down a treat!
We all love to spoil the new puppy in the family. It doesn't matter whether it’s because they’ve listened to your commands, or they're merely cute, and you’d like to give them a treat - they love it. They respond well to positive reinforcement, and if you are offering treats for good behaviour, your puppy is going to feel good about that. When you use puppy training treats as a reward for their excellent listening, you are going to see fast results
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Bringing a new puppy home is exceptionally exciting. A puppy can become a long-term friend, someone to bring comfort and company, and a trusted confidant. Having a puppy encourages you to get more exercise, teaches your children responsibility and empathy. A puppy can be the addition that completes your family.
In the excitement of finding a puppy to welcome into their families, many people underestimate puppy training. If you have previously lived with adult dogs, you might not realise just how much goes into training a puppy. Puppies need toilet training. They need to learn basic commands. They need to understand where they are allowed and not allowed and how to behave around other dogs and humans. Puppies do not come ready trained. You must put a lot of work in.
Puppy treats can be a useful tool when it comes to training your puppy. But only if you use them in the right ways.
Should I Use Treats When Training My New Puppy?
You may wonder if using puppy chews and other treats is the right way to train your dog. Do you want to reward them for good behaviour? Shouldn't that just be expected? Does following basic commands and displaying good socialisation skills deserve a treat?
Well, puppies are not the same as children. They do not understand why they need to learn these skills. Treats offer them motivation, and give them a clear, and learned reason to follow your commands and behave as you would expect them to.
Ultimately, your dog's behaviour will be learned, and you will be able to phase treats out of your training. They will behave well because that is the dog they have become. But, in the early days, treats are a powerful and useful motivator.
Using Training Treats Correctly
It is important that you use treats correctly. Not only so they become a positive reinforcement and motivator, but also to prevent weight gain.
When you first start using small treats, they will be a lure. Offering the treat will encourage your puppy to perform a task or respond to a command. But you should not use the lure for too long, or it will become a bribe. You will quickly want to stop offering the treat before the behaviour, instead offering it once the action has been completed. The puppy treat needs to become a reward, instead of a lure.
Common Mistakes with Training Treats
Some of the most common mistakes when using puppy treats as a training aid include:
- Training for too long
- Using treats and punishments, this can be confusing for the dog
- Only training at home
- Relying too much on treats
- Not adjusting your training or treats to suit your dog
- Repeating the same command and boring the dog
- Not practising often enough
Different Kinds of Puppy Training Treats
There are many kinds of puppy treats available today and finding the best treats for puppies does not have to be complicated. While your puppy may favour high-fat meaty treats, you should make sure you are also using healthy puppy treats, to avoid excessive weight gain.
Try to find treats that are not just treats but provide extra benefits for your dog. Dental chew treats can keep their mouths healthy, and milk blocks can keep their teeth healthy and their breath fresh. Meaty treats, soft dog chews, veggie treats, are all popular options.
Finding Out What Your Puppy Likes
The thing with dog treats is, you need to find one that they like. Find a treat that your puppy loves, and they will be willing to work for it. If it is not something that they are bothered about, they will not see the point of putting the effort in.
Here it is important that you understand that puppies, like humans, have different tastes. They do not all enjoy the same treats. Some dogs like soft treats, others prefer something crunchy, or something that they can chew. Some puppies love meat, other vegetables. The best way to find out what your puppy likes is to give them different options and pay attention to what they respond to.
What Can't a Puppy Eat?
You might be tempted to give your puppy human food, which you have already got. While some of the scraps from your table can be ideal, and leftover vegetables are a great way to go, others can be unhealthy and even toxic for your dog. Avoid dairy, anything too fatty, chocolate, fruit with stones or seeds, anything with small bones and caffeine should also be avoided.
Puppy treats can be a valuable tool when used well. If you need any more advice, speak to your vet, or get in touch.
The critical thing to remember is that whether you use Pet Munchies or the Pedigree Puppy Dental Tubos, puppies have stomachs that are much more sensitive than adult dogs. They haven't been eating as long as older dogs, so it’s very trial and error when it comes to the treats that you offer them; there is such a thing as too much!
Keep Track Of Treats
It’s always better to keep track of the treats that you give your puppy; obesity is a problem in dogs, and you want them to remain as healthy as possible. Make a note of how many treats you have given your puppy in one day, and then subtract that amount of food from their dinner. This way, you’re giving them the same amount of Puppy Food, but it’s spaced out a little.
It’s usually a good idea to choose puppy treats that are loaded with protein and other balanced nutrients. We provide a wide range of prepared and natural treats, and they all vary in terms of what they’re good for. Puppy dental chews are excellent treats for healthy teeth, but the Puppy Coachies are great little training treats that your puppy will love.
Without doubt, we've got the best treats for puppies
The best quality treats have all been designed with your puppy and their diet in mind. Our treats range are well balanced, with the right nutrients for your puppy to ensure that their diet is as healthy as possible. Avoid giving your dog chocolate outside the treats that we carry; real chocolate is poison for a dog and can cause liver damage. The most important thing for your puppy is a balance. So, use puppy training treats slowly and calmly - too much of a good thing will cause issues. Have a look at our extensive range for your new puppy!
Bark Box has an excellent blog post about what treats are safe for puppies. Well worth a read