Too many treats?!?
Topic: Too many treats?!?
June 24, 2019 / By Anne-Marie Question:
How many treats are too many when training a puppy? We just got a puppy this week, he is a 2 months old. This is my first dog so I've been doing lots of research. They are supposed to get a treat for pottying outside(which has been like every 45 min to an hour) and for going into the crate(which is at least a few times a day for short periods of time when I shower, take my son to school, then at bedtime, etc) and now I just read they are supposed to get a treat for walking right on a leash(which he already does sometimes)...SO are all those treats too much?? The box says to give 1 treat per day for every 2 pounds. He weighs 7 pounds so thats 3 1/2 a day. I've been breaking them up into thirds or fourths(thats as small as I can get them) but still it adds up to more than 3 1/2 a day. He is such a good puppy and doing such a good job but I dont want him to get sick or anything!!
Best Answers: Too many treats?!?
Wymund | 7 days ago
I agree- if you give him a treat for EVERYTHING he does right for his entire life, your pup will weigh 400 pounds! If you give a treat, make it really tiny. Or try to give him his own food- like a kibble as a treat.
You can also just use positive reinforcement. When he does something good, pet him and make a reeeeallly big deal out of it (big smile, "good boy, good boy!!!!), with lots of petting. True, the books say use treats, but treats can also mean non-food, like a few minutes of playtime, or lots of love.
Kudos to you for doing your homework and trying to do what's best for your pup! I applaud that.
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Originally Answered: Does my mom give my dogs too many treats?
It's going to be way easier to retrain the dogs than it is to retrain your mother. You'd be doing the dogs a favour by getting them out of there. Just as with humans, dogs will become overweight and develop sicknesses like heart disease and diabetes by having poor eating habits and not enough exercise. It's never too late to begin a healthy lifestyle. Some good treats for dogs are carrots (the baby kind or small pieces for small dogs), or apples (but not the core or seeds). Be sure to check the list of what is toxic though - DO NOT feed them grapes or raisins!
There are quite a few things you can do now to help. First would be attend training classes with each of the dogs. I'd take each one separately. Recruit your mom to take one as well, so she learns how to set limits on the dogs' behaviour and her own. If she won't attend, then you be proactive and do it on your own. She may be so impressed that she will follow good lifestyle habits and the rules you set out. The dogs should only get a treat if they've earned it, so if you show her how the dog does a sit or a come or a stay to earn a treat, she may have fun doing it as well. (I'm not holding my breath here but it may happen).
If she's going to give treats, try to make sure that they're at least healthy treats. Read the ingredients and do your homework on what is good for dogs and what isn't. Just because they can eat anything doesn't mean they should. Just like humans, all junk food will make you overweight and sick.
When the time comes for you to move out, your dog or dogs may refuse to eat a meal because they've come to expect treats all the time. Set their food down for them and if they haven't finished it in (say) 20 minutes,, remove it and don't present it again until next feeding time. No treats in between either.
You may or may not be able to bring your mother onside, and if you can't, just accept that you can help your dogs. Good luck!
It's very smart of you to worry about obesity with a dog.
Use a treat about the size of a pea. Zukes Mini-Treats are perfect (good size, moist and won't crumble in your pocket, nutritious).
Also, just take some of the kibble out of his allocated food for the day (so he gets a little less for dinner). Then use the kibble for treats. It's not the taste that is so critical. It's that it's coming as a reward and combined with praise, the dog has good feelings or associations ("hey, when I come to my master, I feel good!").
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Nothing wrong with giving the occasional treat but I don't believe in giving them out for every single thing a dog or puppy does correctly. It's better to keep in mind praise from you is also a treat.
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I am no expert,but sounds like you are doing really good.The dog treats can be overdone.Try something else.Pieces of beef jerky,Carrots,some dogs love green beans keep trying until you find a healthy alternative and mix the treats and whatever. I don't think treats will make your puppy sick.but, they are fattening and full of carbs.
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Sometimes a treat can just be praise and petting. Other treats can be giving him his favorite toy. Try mixing it up and not always using a food treat. This not only will limit his "candy" intake but keep him guessing what he will get next.
Hope this suggestion helps.
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When training you are only supposed to give a tiny piece of a treat about the size of your fingernail.
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