Trainer Tips–Stinky Treats

19September 2012

Remember…when using treats in positive reinforcement training, they should be soft and stinky.  You want treats that are soft so that they are easily broken up into small pieces.  We can sometimes use a lot of treats during a short, one-hour training session, and we want to keep our pets healthy, so keep the pieces small.  Secondly, make sure you are using treats that are stinky.  Dogs like strong smelling, stinky treats.  The worse it smells to you, probably the better it smells to your dog.  You want a treat that the dog really likes and will work hard to get.  Training treats should be about pea-sized, or smaller for small dogs.

Remember…training treats should always be soft and stinky!