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  1. Megan Bye-Jahn

    I always hear that puppy tummies are sensitive to any changes, so with that in mind, do you use the same treats all the time, or do you change them up a bit? I realize it varies a bit by the puppy, but how sensitive are their stomachs really? Will the amount of treats they will receive upset their stomachs if changed from time to time? Or if you start with, for example, the pre-made raw diet treats, is that the only thing you should stick with?

    1. Steffi Trott

      It really is highly individual and puppies’ tummies also get a lot more “resilient” just from 8-12 weeks (so, an 8 week old puppy will have a much more sensitive tummy than a 12 week old one). I wouldn’t use a new treat in big volume in every single training session, but a bit of variety is no problem. The remade raw diet is usually a safe bet, and you can try out other treats in small quantities in addition.
      But again – it is super individual. I have two clients who have trained with me since their dogs were young puppies (they are adult dogs now), and they have such a sensitive stomach that they *still* cannot handle new treats in bigger quantities. Other puppies can eat everything and be just fine 😀 So how sensitive a stomach really is will depend very much on the puppy and breed. You usually get a good feeling for your puppy quickly in this respect 🙂

  2. Andrew Southerling

    One question here. If doling out treats to your puppy in this way, will your puppy/dog always expect a treat when he/she is coming or listening to you?

    1. Steffi Trott

      So over time you can start to phase out the treats. However, I would never do this with a young puppy. This is because the environment doesn’t stop being rewarding – so when you stop, your dog might look elsewhere for fun! You can over time reward also with other things – such as a leaves that you throw in the air (many dogs find that super fun!) or a game of fetch etc.
      I wrote some more on the topic of whether to be afraid of always giving out rewards here:
      https://spiritdogtraining.com/when-can-i-wean-the-treats/

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