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When it comes to performance, my Grace is great at tricks. She's very obedient and energetic.
Because she is great at tricks, I love to give her treats! The thing is, I don't want to give her anything that isn't good for her, so I choose to use her Purina® Pro Plan® dry dog food as training rewards. Grace has a lot of energy so to keep up with her active life, I choose a food that keeps her lifestyle needs in mind.
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One of the ways I watch what Grace eats is by using her own food kibble as training rewards. To show you an example, I created a tutorial featuring Grace herself.
Take 2 pieces of kibble to start. One piece will be used as the actual treat that she has to ignore. The second piece is the reward treat. The reason I use 2 different pieces is because this teaches her that she NEEDS to leave whatever I'm telling her to alone. That way, someday when I leave a real piece of human food near her and tell her to leave it, she knows it doesn't mean that she will eventually get to eat that piece. I won't have to worry about her coming for it.
It's always important to train your dog in a secure environment with few distractions. It also helps to put your dog in a solid command position like Sit or Down so that they are already focusing on listening to your next command.
I always put the first piece of kibble in front of her but just out of reach. That way, if I see her start to go for it I have plenty of time to correct her.
Immediately after you sit the piece on the floor start to give the command LEAVE IT. I say it every couple of seconds. As she continues to ignore it I will add in some praise by saying "Leave it, Leave it, Good girl Leave it!".
Once you're ready to end the trick, pick a release command word like OKAY or BREAK. I say OKAY!! and Grace awaits her treat. By giving her pieces of her regular dog food kibble, I don't have to worry about making her overweight with treats.
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