Sometimes, peanut butter and crumbly treats aren’t good enough.
By Erin Kirkpatrick
Most dogs stop and stare when the word “treat” is uttered. They’ve been conditioned to react when they hear that glorious word and others, including “walk,” “tennis ball,” “park,” and “good boy/good girl.”
Treats are one way to signify our love and affection as well as reward a job well done (i.e. going to the bathroom, shaking a paw, etc). A recent study has shown that dogs might be taking advantage of our routine way of rewarding them. The nerve! Actually, it’s quite smart.
Let’s be honest. Many of us aren’t going to change our behavior because of this finding. We’re still going to dish out treats. We might as well accept that right away.
However, we can test out our dogs’ resilience to bizarre new treats. We’re still rewarding them, but we’re doing it with ostrich hearts, bull penises, chicken feet, kale, pig snouts, and other peculiar items.
Let’s beat them at their own game!