Category Archives: Food reinforcers

Peanut Butter Dog Treats With No Sticking! Another Silicone Pan Recipe

I posted in January about making hundreds of small treats at a time in a silicone pan. I had no idea how lucky I was that I hit on a recipe that worked so well the first time. You can check … Continue reading

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No More Cutting! Making 500 Non-Crumbly Dog Treats From a Mold

Best dog treat hack ever! Here’s how to make batches of more than 500 small treats at a time without having to cut them up. Buy a silicone cooking mat for low-fat cooking. One brand available by mail order is … Continue reading

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My Dog Refuses Food Away From Home!

  Don’t panic. This is a common problem and it often has a pretty clear path to a solution. Most important: you can still use positive reinforcement based training. It is not a dealbreaker! I write a lot about how … Continue reading

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The Joy of Training With Food

Thank you to Debbie Jacobs, who pointed out that many training videos do not include the moment the trainer feeds her dog, and that we need to see that.  Training your dog with food is not only effective. It’s also … Continue reading

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Spray With Caution!

When Kate LaSala told me about her dog’s experience with spray cheese, I knew I needed to share it. I mention spray cheese a lot, as a high value and easy-to-use food reinforcer for my dogs.  So it’s only right … Continue reading

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Tricks for Frozen Dog Treats

I am all about efficiency. You could also say I’m lazy. Also, my freezer is usually stuffed full. So rather than freeze whole filled food toys for three dogs, I use several gadgets that let me freeze things separately. Then I … Continue reading

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Flavors: Ideas for Ultra High Value Treats

  OK, I’m going to break the ultimate taboo here and talk about giving so-called “people food” to dogs. 1)Nutritionist Linda Case points out aptly in the comments that even the term “people food” is inaccurate and comprises a completely false dichotomy. … Continue reading

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The Secret to Quick Non-Crumbly Homemade Dog Treats

The secret is to use tapioca flour.1)A reader has let me know that tapioca flour and tapioca starch are the same thing, and the latter is much cheaper. It can be found in most Asian markets and other stores as … Continue reading

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Ant-Sized Treats

                          Note: there exists research regarding the effects of using multiple smaller treats vs larger bites (aka magnitude reinforcement) when training.  But the basic premise that there exists … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog training hints, Food reinforcers, Operant conditioning, Reinforcement, Training philosophy, Treats | Tagged , , , , , , | 56 Comments