Is your dog not always motivated by food rewards? Are you looking for ways to reinforce good behavior without giving treats? Offering your dog nonfood rewards can make it easier to incorporate training into your everyday life — especially in situations when you’re not carrying treats or your dog is uninterested in eating.

As an added bonus, using nonfood rewards, like praise, games and petting is waistline friendly and helps strengthen the bond you have with your dog. Not sure where to start? Trainer Mikkel Becker demonstrates her approach to treat-free training by teaching rescue dog Roxy how to perform the down command in the video below.
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