Mine get a treat every day after their daily grooming. Usually they get bananas, apples, cheerios, or ritz crackers. Occasionally, they get fresh chicken or steak. I'm picky about what they get and I measure their food so they won't get fat.
Hunter gets a treat after pooping each day, we give them for training, and we give them when he needs to have some 1:1 time with himself when we need to work or get things done.
ETA: today was a typical workday & we are expen training so I actually kept track of the amount of treats he got. Hunter got a total of 8 treats today - some were high value and some were not but that was his total. I also used some of his dinner as treats in his expen training.
We only give out treats (usually) as a reward for a behavior we asked for, such as sitting, etc. Occasionally we will give them a fresh blueberry from the refrigerator as we walk by, but that is very rare.
Both London & Preston will be going to obedience classes starting Monday, so they will get high value treats daily when we work on training.
We use the NILIF method (nothing in life is free) making obedience part of the fun! (this is not my method, I stole it from someone else)
I boil chicken breast & cut it in the size of a small pea---freeze it in small, very small, plastic bags and take one out every few days---the cat gets these too. We call it "yum-yum" and Kitzel will do anything for one. I put a piece on the floor and make him stay---when I verbally release him he can have it---it works! This is added in to his food allotment. Since he doesn't like kibble I don't try and tempt him w/it---simply leave a couple of pieces in his dish so IF he is really hungry he will find them.
Raw carrots are also a special treat for him---esp. if we want to watch a movie!
I have yet to feed him something he would not eat! He is even thinking about the cat!:HistericalSmiley:
i used to treat after every pee n poop , but that was alot of treats , now i do it while grooming , and when im trying to train , this dog still doesnt sit !!! and i give occasional treats for good behavior n for dancing n spinning for mommy .lol
We treat as part of training, and as part of their daily afternoon fetch. I also give fruits and yogurt when I am snacking. We don't give any commercial treats anymore though. It's usually baked organic chicken breast.