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Old 08-16-2013, 08:21 PM
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Yet, another question from the newbie puppy owner and a big thanks for all the advice you guys have given me thus far.

I'm worried my new puppy... the best puppy ever is eating too many treats while I train him. I break the pieces into small ones but I feel like I am going through too many. Also before I can even tell my puppy to sit or lay he will already of done it. Any advice?
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What kind of treats are you using? Also if he is offering behaviors before you ask thats def not a bad thing, time to up the ante and work on other ("harder") training. Things that come to mind....recall, stay, loosh leash training, etc.

are you clicker training? also if you want some phenomenal resources in regards to what/how to train, Kikopup on youtube has a plethora of videos to guide you.

Good Job!
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What sort of treats are you using? If you're concerned about the number, why don't you use pieces of his dry food? Just take it out of his allowed amount for the day. Then there is no stress about overdoing treats. Or make the treats as unprocessed as possible...like boiled chicken or dried 100% animal lungs or something, then they're at least known to be healthy

Maybe just save a real "special treat" for when you hit a stumbling block in training & need something a bit more powerful as motivation.

Good luck, it sounds like you're both doing great so far!
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Yet, another question from the newbie puppy owner and a big thanks for all the advice you guys have given me thus far.

I'm worried my new puppy... the best puppy ever is eating too many treats while I train him. I break the pieces into small ones but I feel like I am going through too many. Also before I can even tell my puppy to sit or lay he will already of done it. Any advice?
You need to learn to fade the treats quicker and not treat for behaviors already learned. Also reduce the amount of food by the amount of treats so you dont over feed. This might help.
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For most of Tessa's training I just use her ration of kibble. What I mean by this, is I take her cup of breakfast put half in a bowl and put half in my handy-dandy training pouch that clips to my pants (highly recommended). That way she's not going over her caloric intake for the morning (I do the same with supper; she gets 2 cups of food total). For times I want to use/feed her something more high value, like beef jerky or hot dogs, I cut out half a cup of kibble for that day (or increase her exercise).
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