Training Tips

Treats, and reasons for using them in Dog Training

Most of the Canines we live with today have evolved from wolves. In the lives of wolves seeking food is often their primary focus. In most cases our domesticated dogs do not have to hunt for their food but seeking it is frequently on their minds. Providing food rewards, especially in the early stages of training, can be a strong motivator for them to learn from you what it takes to receive them. As these skills become more routine, the frequency of using treats will not be as necessary and they can be weaned off of them. Smaller treats, especially those that can be quickly consumed, work very well. When working at our jobs we all expect to receive a pay check for our efforts, and our dogs appreciate this too.

   I highly recommend Gary Kammerer as a dog trainer for either a young puppy just learning his/her basic obedience, or for the older dog needing a tune up or dog handler pair wanting to go on to more advanced obedience work.
   Gary is fun to work with, and his teaching methods are straight forward and easy for both dog and handler to understand and learn from. I took his basic obedience class with my then 8-month-old German Shepherd, and then went on to more advanced obedience work with the goal of eventually showing obedience.
   Gary is very helpful in working through problems that might show up during training, and every dog in our basic class finished the class vastly improved from when we all started.

Tonya McCluskey, Hamilton