This is a question often thought about but little asked. What is a reward?
Many dog owners think rewards are things they give their dog such as treats, toys, a bit of chicken off their plate.
And while they are correct, many dogs love these things, many forget that there is more to it that that.
Rewards are things your dog finds rewarding
So while this can be treats or toys given by their owner, it can also be things which we either don't approve of or don't think of as rewarding:
Jumping up to greet people
Pulling to get to the park
Chasing a squirrel
Being let off lead
Knocking over a child
Chasing a cat
Chasing a car
Shredding your favourite shoes
Stealing and running away with your undies
Barging through the door
Chasing the postie
Digging up the garden
or sitting on the furnature like Chewy here.
The list is long!
Suffice to say there are many things dogs find rewarding, some are acceptable in our society, and some are not.
We need to decide which we approve of and use these as rewards for our dog, for example, if your dog walks nicely for a while, you could let him off lead at the park for a run around. Or your dog does a wonderful obedience exercise so you let him bark as a reward.
Think about how you use these to reward your dog and which are fun for your dog and suitable for him to do