But, contrary to popular belief, dogs would not prefer to eat straight out of their bowl. In fact, scientific research shows that animals prefer to work for their food, rather than eating it "for free". Although it seems counterintuitive, they actually have a behavioral need to earn their keep!
Even better, using your dog's kibble to train keeps him trim and healthy because he's not receiving extra treats. And it's incredibly easy! What are some easy ways to incorporate your dog's daily allotment of food into everyday training sessions?
2. Practice recall. The only way to make "Come" bombproof is to practice it over and over again! What better way to practice "Come" than at every mealtime over every single piece of kibble?
4. Practice loose-leash walking. The key to a beautiful loose-leash walk is to practice it until it becomes the dog's habit.
Remember: No one gets a free meal. Your dog shouldn't either! Feed his craving for work by using his kibble for training, and everyone will be happier.
Tip: An easy way to remind yourself to feed your dog through training is to carry his daily allotment of kibble in a treat bag and wear it. So, the next time you're on walks, lounging around the house, or entertaining friends, you'll have the treat bag ready and a happy, well-behaved dog!