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Treat or Reinforcer?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, December 3, 2017, In : Using Food in Dog Training 


 

Two of the Definitions of Treat as found both in Miriam Webster and Oxford Dictionaries
a: to provide with free food, drink, or entertainment 

b: to provide with enjoyment or gratification.

There are many definitions of the word “treat” including to pay for someone’s meal or to treat a patient, to treat a person badly or well.

When working with dogs, it’s my belief most people have hesitation or objection to using food as it’s immediately thought of as definition b: to provide with en...


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Feeding Time. Why Work For It?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, August 13, 2017, In : Using Food in Dog Training 


Feeding meals, or at least some meals, via food dispensing toys is one of my favourite ways to enrich a dog's daily life. It's easy to do and it's fun for the dog. 
When discussing this with a recent client an analogy popped into my head. (My apologies to the vegetarians and vegans who read this).
It's like eating lobster in the shell vs over a salad.  You need to work at getting the meat out. It takes time and effort. It's most satisfying when you finally get that small little bit out of the c...
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Mental Stimulation for Dogs

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, In : Using Food in Dog Training 
Physical exercise is important for your dog, no matter what his age. Just as important though is mental stimulation. Dogs need to be able to exercise their minds too. I am a big fan of not using food bowls and feeding dogs in creative ways which engage their brains. 
Why not take advantage of their need to sniff and forage? Tossing some kibble onto the floor, the backyard deck, the grass or into the crate is a great way to give your dog a job and encourage a natural behaviour.
Some dogs have a ...
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Kong Stuffings Recipes

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, November 28, 2014, In : Using Food in Dog Training 

** Disclaimer: These are not my recipes. Originally posted by Jo Maisey. I have not tried all these recipes. Use common sense. You know your dog and whether he has any food sensitivities. 

The following Kong stuffings are made with one or more human food ingredients:

CHEESY ELVIS: Combine a ripe banana, 3 spoonfuls of peanut butter, and a slice of cheese. Mix until blended well. Fill the Kong and freeze.

MONSTER MASH: Instant mashed potatoes (without the salt) — or leftover mashed potatoes...


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Dog Training in Cold Weather

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, October 20, 2014, In : Using Food in Dog Training 

The weather is changing. There are some days when I have already had gloves on. This can bring challenges to your dog training plan especially if you are working with a puppy, fearful or aggressive dog and your dog training plan includes counter conditioning and desensitization (in a nutshell - pairing something scary with something delicious. Always follow your dog trainer's plan as this can have unwanted results if not done correctly).

Training your dog in cold weather can be difficult. Fumb...
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Dog Food Ingredients

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Using Food in Dog Training 

Sometimes I can't help but cringe when I see people walking out of pet stores with poor quality food. I have to fight the urge to walk up to them and discuss how to read labels, what to look for and how to choose a healthier option. Choosing food can be challenging as there are so many options.
Today I saw someone walk out of a store with 2 huge bags of an inferior kibble. I am very familiar with the particular brand and steer my clients away from it. We look at the label and I point out why i...
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Cold Weather Reward System

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, In : Using Food in Dog Training 


 

Sometimes the weather is just too cold to be removing gloves to get a treat for our dog. Reinforcement training in the cold weather months just goes out the window. Valuable training opportunities can be lost, especially for new puppies, when that input is so important. Try using a food tube. These are available in many stores which sell camping equipment as well as some online dog supply stores. I don't like the closure that comes with the tube so I use a handy dandy giant paper clip.
I use ...
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Why I Began Feeding Raw to My Dogs

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, In : Using Food in Dog Training 



Awhile ago I was interviewed by the Toronto Star as part of an article being written about Monica Segal and dog nutrition. Monica is the person who formulated the diets I use for my boys. My Westie began eating raw in an effort to reduce skin issues common with the breed. Yes, we were and are successful!

http://www.thestar.com/living/
pets/article/739261--feeding-the-need-for-love-and-nutrition



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Rewards or Reinforcement In Dog Training

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Using Food in Dog Training 

Treats. Do any research on dog training methods and inevitably you will come across articles for and against using food in training.  I often hear people say dogs shouldn't do things because you have food with you, they should do it for praise alone.
The argument that comes up the most is - I don't want to have to carry treats with me all the time.
When used correctly - you don't.

I don't even use the word "treat" when discussing dog training and reinforcement. To me that word implies something ...
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Veggies and Nutrients in Dog Food

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, SitStayLearn on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : Using Food in Dog Training 

Most of us like to think we are feeding our dogs a healthy diet. I often recommend and give carrots and peppers to my dogs as snacks. Purchase large carrots or parsnips and freeze them. They make great chew toys for teething puppies and a great "activity" for older dogs. As with any chew toy, it is necessary to supervise and remove when small enough that it may cause a choking hazard,

When I give veggies in solid form I do so knowing that they are not getting the full nutritional value from th...
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