Sojos was so kind to send us a sample box of their new treats recently! I love the fact that these treats are 100% raw freeze-dried meat... a perfect fit for Charlie's diet.
And honestly, the treats couldn't have come at a better time.
I've probably said this before, but training isn't something you do once and then you're done and your dog is perfect.
Training is something that is a constant, ongoing effort. It needs tons of reinforcement - the positive kind.
And good treats are the key!
I'm a big fan of Tamar Geller's book, The Loved Dog. I've read and re-read this book several times because just like dogs, humans need constant training too! As her website declares, "It's a lifestyle." So true.
One of my favorite parts in her book is when she "throws a party" when the dog does something correct, rewarding them with "gold" treats.
For those of you who don't know... "gold" treats are the REALLY yummy ones!
So why was this a good time to get Sojos treats? Because Charlie has been pushing her luck with me lately and I realized it was because I've let my training slack off a bit. You know how it is... summer is busy.
Anyway, Charlie has been enjoying all this "outside" time quite a bit and sometimes when it's time to leave a park or a hiking trail or a campsite, she throws a fit (like a 2-year-old having a tantrum) and decides she's not going to listen to me.
But if I have a jackpot of treats in my pouch, she'll do whatever I want. And that's exactly how positive reinforcement training works! She does what I want and I reward her with yummy goodness.
Gold treats, people. Sojos has them.
|Peanut photo-bombed me! She couldn't wait to get a treat!|