EBD047 The Truth About Treats in Dog Training


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Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast hosted by the passionate and informative Kathy Kawalec. Each week Kathy will bring great stories, tips, and strategies to help you build a better relationship with your dog. Dogs are socially intelligent parts of our family group and so we must treat them as such. In this episode, Kathy tackles the importance of building partnership relationships with our dogs and plays a clip from the Q & A portion of her workshop.

Question: “You talked about transactional relationships which is where I think we’ve gone wrong. However, I have a question. One of the things we do where I think we are both safe, calm, and happy is scent work, but he is rewarded for every find. Is this building our relationship?

Listen for more on:

  • What's the difference between transaction and partnership
  • Transactional relationship
  • Partnership relationship
    • What does it mean?
    • Why is it effective?
    • Why is it the correct method?
  • Using treats
    • Interact
    • Engage
    • Reward/reinforcement
  • Training/working
  • Rant
    • Nothing wrong with using treats
    • Treats are amazing
    • Concept that everything is about training
    • Stuck in treat/no treat transaction
    • Training mindset
    • Limitation in transactional relationship
  • Suggestions
    • 95% rule
    • Start where you are

“Don’t confuse working and getting a reward for a job well done with what happens at other times.”

“The mistake is making everything transactional without a relationship.”

“There’s a lot more to life than work.”

“My dog is not responding to me without treats and I don’t know what to do.”

“I want to encourage you to separate training and lifestyle like work and home or school and home.”

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