Why Praise is More Effective than Treats

The treat-training philosophy seems to be the big buzz in the dog training world.  Proponents of this type of training believe that you should keep treats with you at all times so if you need your dog to notice you or obey a command, you can pull out a treat to get their attention.  Does it work?  Sure!  For some dogs (maybe even most).  Does it always get their attention?  Sure!  As long as there isn’t another dog, squirrel, rabbit, (insert dog’s favorite temptation).  But it works better than anything else you’ve tried, right?

What if we told you that praise was enough to motivate your dog to do the right thing?  [Read more…]

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