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It’s a new month, which means it’s time for our next training challenge!
This month, we challenge you to explore your pet’s treat preferences. To do a March Madness of treat testing if you will!
Treats can be so extremely helpful in training and behavior modification in a variety of ways. It’s effective, efficient, and often requires very little additional training to be utilized. If you have any questions about the use of treats in training, Allie wrote this stellar blog about all things treat-related!
One of the things that we want to know when embarking on a behavior modification journey is “what is your dog’s extra special treat?” What are the things they are *SO EXCITED* about?
Sometimes, you may have an idea of what your dog’s extra special treat is, and sometimes, it’s helpful to do a food preference test. Even if you do think you know your dog’s extra special treat, it can be fun to see if they agree!
Food preference tests can give us an idea if our dog prefers one thing over another, which means we can use their favorite thing for the more challenging situations.
Doing Food Preference Tests
- Collect 3-6 treats to test with your dog. I give you permission to think *safely* outside the box! Consider trying some new items with your pet!
- Grab a pen and paper, and create your very own, treat test march madness bracket! You can even have the family take guesses at which treat will win the test.
- Complete the treat preference test with your pup, and find out your dog’s preferred treat.
- Let us know over @petharmonytraning on Facebook or Instagram, what’s your dog’s preferred treat?!