open plastic container of dog treats next to alarm clock and hand creamIf you have been following these posts about incorporating dog training into your daily routine and thinking, “But how will I reward these behaviors?” the time has come to address that question. What rewards do you use now? Do you have levels of food rewards? Do they need to be refrigerated or can some of them be kept at room temperature? Does your dog have any dietary sensitivities?

Personally, I use different food rewards for different contexts. When going to class or out to a high distraction environment, I pack my high-powered treats, including cheese and hot dogs. For very basic activities when my dog is hungry, I use kibble. For the in between times, I have some relatively high value treats that do not need registration. I keep one in the pocket of my jeans or in a container on my bedside table to have them available as needed.

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