Amount of treats for training?
Not 100% sure which area to post this under so my apologies if this is incorrect. I've got a 4 month old (basically GSD, if you can view my other posts) and I'm just a little unsure on how much to limit the treats he gets while training.
He learns things extremely fast (after 3-4 repetitions he usually understands the signal/voice command at a 75% success rate) so we can hammer out lots of reps in a session. I've only recently started cutting down on the treat as the reward for some of his oldest commands. My question is what is over-treating at this age? I've got a mixture of treats I can use, I have some small soft liver treats, some typical dog "biscuits", frozen watermelon (which he LOVES, but that's more of a once and awhile extra special thing), and baby carrots as well as his kibble. He gets a carrot everytime he does his business both ways outside and he's now been accident free for a whole week even with me being at work all day.
For true training sessions I typically take a mixture of biscuits, liver and kibble and mix it all in a bag, about half treats and half kibble. Let's say for example that I take him on a walk to teach him leash manners and to walk beside me. Should i treat him 20 times over a 15 minute walk?
I'm sorry if it's a hard question to answer; I've just noticed that sometimes if he has a lot of treats it can effect his poops consistency so I try to keep it below that threshold but it's tricky to balance enough training reps with too many treats.
I should also add that what I've been giving him thus far has not caused him to be overweight or anything like that so I'm not concerned so much with weight implications, but more so for bowel-issues.
Last edited by Shawn & Jax; 02-21-2018 at 05:51 PM.