Louise the Shar Pei: Am I good?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Now that I am a trained adult dog, my owners don’t give me as many treats as they did when I was a puppy.  As a pup, I would get multiple treats a day for sitting on command or taking care of my business outside. Now, I do all of that stuff on a regular basis and I get treats a couple of times a week. How do I know if I am a good dog without the reward of a treat?

-Louise the Shar Pei

Howl Louise,

The treats don’t make the dog. You have done nothing wrong. I see this all the time. Humans use treats to train us and then once we meet their standards the treats vanish. This is not good for morale or the treat business.

You can tell if you are a good dog in other ways such as the cuddle time you receive from your humans.

More importantly, you know under your collar who you are. Are you nice to the dogs in your neighborhood? Would you help a neighbor in an emergency? Do you turn your snout in the other direction when gossip is being spread? Would you give your kibble to a stray dog who hasn’t eaten in a while?

If so then rest assured you’re a good dog. Chalk this one up to humans not knowing how to properly distribute our treats. We dogs have to teach them everything!











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4 thoughts on “Louise the Shar Pei: Am I good?

  1. Great post! Reinforcing with praise and treats is how we do everything….. They relish treats and love the extra goodies and we have found they love the reinforcements even after ten years… 🙂

    Your friends,
    The Collies and Chuck 🙂

    • Hi Collies and Chuck,

      Thanks for your comment. It is all about the love towards the dog. Although, enjoying some treats isn’t too shabby. Thanks for following us. We’ll talk to you soon.

      Bella and DiDi

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