6 Ways to Use Training Treats Even When You’re Not Dog Training | #Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Wellness. All statements and opinions are entirely our own. As always, we only share products that our own pets enjoy!

This has been a big month for our little Bärli. Since his adoption on March 13, he’s left the shelter that had been his home for three months, moved to a new house, gained a big canine sister and three feline siblings, visited six city parks and one state park, had his first visit with his new vet, swam in two lakes, and, soon, he’ll head off on his first overnight trip.

That’s a lot of changes and new experiences for a five-month-old puppy! Bärli is quickly adjusting to his new life, and is a joyous little fellow. Every day, we work on his socialization and his training–always with a good supply of training treats–but we also use training treats in other ways. Here’s a look at six ways we’ve used training treats with Bärli when we’re not training!

Temperament Testing

When we traveled to the Hill Country SPCA to meet Bärli (then Baby Bear), I took along a bag of Wellness® CORE® 100% Freeze-Dried Treats for dogs to do a little temperament testing in the meet-and-greet. I was looking to see if Bärli was food motivated (making training easier) and if he showed any signs of resource guarding around Tiki or us. I also wanted to let him know that good things happen around us and the training treats did the trick!

Calming Your Dog at the Vet’s Office

To help distract Bärli during his first vet visit and to show him that the vet’s office is a friendly place, I gave him treats in the waiting room and as we waited in the exam room. I had treats on the table so they were easy for the vet techs to grab as they came in to get Bärli‘s temperature, too.

Luring to Get Your Dog’s Head Through a Collar, Leash or Harness

Wearing a harness is a new experience for Bärli so I held a treat out with the harness between us so, to reach the treat, he put his head through the harness. Once on, he earned some more treats. Wearing a harness now equals fun!

Helping Your Dog Enjoy the Outdoors

After three months at the shelter, it’s understandable that Bärli feels most comfortable indoors. We love the outdoors, though, and we want him to share our love of being outside. He’s getting more and more comfortable being outside and exploring the yard with Tiki, but we try to make it even more enticing when we can. At Easter, he and Tiki enjoyed an Easter “egg” hunt to sniff out some treats (and some carefully hidden servings of Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ which combines high-protein, grain-free kibble with freeze-dried raw meat. They had so much fun “hunting” for their breakfast so I’m determined to repeat this exercise every few weeks!

Luring Your Dog

As I mentioned, Bärli‘s not always eager to run outside–even when we know it’s potty time. I grab a couple of training treats when I open the front door–and, if needed, use them to lure him outside for a bathroom break. Whether you need to lure your dog into the car or the bathtub, training treats can be a fun way to convince your dog to move and help show that this is going to be a good experience.

Showing Your Dog Some Love

As we continue to help Bärli get to know Tiki–and us, we’re doing what families do: helping each other feel good. Along with plenty of love and fun activities, that includes tasty treats enjoyed not only during training but just because

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One lucky community member will win:

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6 Ways to Cheer Up Your Dog | #Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Wellness. All statements and opinions are entirely our own. As always, we only share products that our own pets enjoy!

When Longfellow wrote “Into each life some rain must fall,” I don’t know that he had dogs in mind, but there’s no doubt that the tough times in life impact our dogs. Death, hospitalization, divorce, moving, children moving to college, and more of life’s challenges affect our four-legged family members. In our house, our recent loss of Irie has affected us all deeply; Tiki has grieved right along with us.

We’ve been working hard this week to cheer up Tiki who, although she is eating and walking great, is depressed, lethargic and clingy, following us from room to room. Here’s what we’ve been doing to bring some cheer back into Tiki’s life–and our own.

Stick to Your Schedule

Dogs thrive on a schedule. As much as possible, stick to your regular, everyday schedule: waking and bedtime hours, feeding times, and dog walking times. Every day, we get up and do a 45-minute dog walk then return home for breakfast. Tiki looks forward to her Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ combining high-protein, grain-free kibble with freeze-dried raw meat. In February she enjoyed Turkey, and last week I ordered Wild Game with Raw Lamb for her…and she’s loving it! During the day, we’re home working (and Tiki’s napping, part of the time) then at 5 p.m. we head out for a 30-minute dog walk followed by her dinner, just as we’ve always done.

Put on a Happy Face

Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that smiling–even when that smile is forced–helps you feel better? The act of smiling helps release dopamine and serotonin which can reduce stress and depression. And smiling around your dog will make your dog feel better as well. In times of great sadness, after the initial shock of grief, try to take your sadness out of your dog’s sight, putting on a smiling face when you return. Our dogs watch our moods and often mirror our own feelings–so smile, talk in your upbeat, dog training voice, and see if you can help turn your dog’s mood around by at least appearing to be happier yourself.

Exercise More

As I mentioned, we do two dog walks a day but I’m trying to squeeze in a mid-day session as well. The weather’s pleasant right now and a lunch walk gets Tiki up and moving–and the extra exercise cheers everyone.

Enjoy an Outing to a New Destination

When a trip out of the house feels like it’s falling frighteningly close to a trip down memory lane, plan an all-new outing. Last week, we took Tiki to two new parks that we’d never visited. It was exciting for her to see some new sights, and we weren’t bogged down in sad memories that would have reflected back to her.

Take Time for a Treat

We all know that, in sad times, a special treat can help lift our moods–and that goes for our dogs, too. I take  Wellness® CORE® 100% Freeze-Dried Treats for dogs on our dog walks and carry them in my pockets in the house as well–and, sometimes when I see Tiki looking sad, I give her a treat…just because. Available in boar, beef, salmon or turkey, these have just 3/Kcal per treat so you can treat your dog without worry of packing on extra pounds.

Get Out and Visit Friends

Tiki is such a social dog, and getting out to see friends and neighbors–both human and canine–has really brightened her week. During sad times, it’s often all-too-easy to shut ourselves off from the outside world, but getting out helps our dogs feel that all’s right, if only for a few minutes or hours.

Tough times in life are inevitable. But it’s vital to help your dog handle those times because, well, that’s what best friends are for. Help your dog get through life’s difficult periods, and you may find that you are aided as well. Cheering up our dogs can help us all remember, as Longfellow wrote:

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining…

Win Wellness CORE RawRev + Freeze-Dried Treats!


Now we’d like to give YOU the chance to try both Wellness® CORE® RawRev™, the food that combines high-protein, grain-free kibble with freeze-dried raw meat, AND Wellness® CORE® 100% Freeze-Dried Treats for dogs, the freeze-dried treat featuring just one simple ingredient: boar, beef, salmon or turkey.

One lucky community member will win:

  • a 4-pound bag of Wellness CORE RawRev in your choice of flavors
  • a bag of Wellness CORE 100% Freeze-Dried Treats in your choice of flavors

You’ll enter in the widget below; you may return to the giveaway widget throughout the two-week giveaway period for more entries. Because this giveaway features a food product, it is limited to US addresses only. Good luck!