What motivates your dog

October 2, 2019

You want your dog to do something? Give him a treat. Food is the best reward. Funny, it is for me too. Experts say other methods like positive reinforcement, social interaction, and social rewards, just don't work as well or as fast. In fact, dogs will stay near a person who’s praising them for the same amount of time as if they’re being ignored. So, if you want your dog to obey just because they love you, it's just not going to happen. The best motivator is food. When you think about it, if your boss stopped paying you, you’d probably stop going to work pretty quickly. So pay your dog with treats.  Rewarding your dog with play or going for a walk can be useful to maintain behaviors, but in the end, it's all about the food.