This episode is a 2/3 on the canine nerd level scale (*). Chrissi talks about various ways of increasing food motivation, defines reinforcement, and offers various tips and tricks for special treats.
One more research finding I would like to share, and did not mention in this episode: an experiment showed that small dogs preferred large pieces of kibble to small pieces of kibble – presumably because one larger piece smells more enticing than one smaller piece. If you train with kibble, you may be able to not only up the value of your food by using more than a single treat per rep, but by using a single, but larger piece of kibble. Try buying breed-specific kibble made for Great Danes for your Maltese, and see what happens! (Note: I have not found the scientific paper, if there is one, that goes with the experiment cited above – treat these findings with a grain of salt.)
(1) The canine nerd level scale for special interest episodes (titled “Dog geekery”):
Level 1: of interest for pet or companion dog owners
Level 2: for the engaged dog enthusiast who already knows things, and wants to learn even more
Level 3: for highly educated dog and animal training folks and professionals who love digging into the nerdy details of theory and philosophy
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