Nudges come in a variety of types, sizes and flavors. Some types include a soft chewy treat, crunchy hard chewy treats, a mushy treat with no discernable ingredients, and even a treat that come in a small cylindrical shape with no taste at all. The size you purchase will depend on how often the dog needs to be stimulated. When you purchase treats for your dog, check the package for the recommended amounts and frequency. Some types of treats will not dissolve or come off properly when the dog tries to lick them off.
Most dogs have an inherent need to mark their territory and get attention. That is why many large dogs will scratch and sniff the floor in search of what they think is their designated spot. Other dogs may want to keep their place warm. These problems can be solved by giving the appropriate treats.
You can buy treats for the entire family or just one dog. When you leave a room, the dog thinks he’s being left alone, so he might try to play fetch. If you’ve had a pet dog in the past, he probably knows the best way to go about getting his next treat. When you leave a room, your pet will recognize your scent and the sound of your door closing, so he’ll go and do what you’ve instructed. If you have multiple dogs, each animal will learn what the right cue is to give the other dog.
Dogs use nudges for play because they let their guard up when they are with a dominant partner. When they are with a dominant partner, they are careful not to make any mistakes that will cost them their share of the playtime or food supply. They take turns playing with whom they want to play. If one animal tries to win the game for himself, the other one has to withdraw.
A dog might play-fight if he feels that another dog is dominant or is trying to take his share of the playtime. He might also attack other dogs that he perceives as threats. Playing tug-of war might also be prevalent. Some dogs simply want to scratch or bite.
When you reward your dog for good behavior, he’ll be happier, less likely to develop aggressive behaviors like jumping, chewing and chasing other dogs. He’ll be happier in general because he’ll feel better about himself. You can get him started at about 3 months by using treats, human-like, positive reinforcement methods like toys, a pat on the head, a treat for each correct behavior and a treat for when he has done something you approve of. These treats can be mixed up for a fun game of ‘dog-catching-dog’.
Try giving your dog a treat for each correct play, and a treat for when he gets it wrong. Every time he gets it wrong to pay him a higher treat. After a week or so, introduce a dog treat similar in shape, color and taste to the one he just got and see if he reacts any differently. If he doesn’t have an aggressive attitude then you needn’t continue with the treat. If, however, he’s aggressive, ignore him or remove him from the play. This is because some dogs are known to react badly to physical contact like touching.
Keep a close eye on your dog while he plays to make sure he’s not hurting himself. He may accidentally injure himself if you don’t keep an eye on him. Nudges can make your dog feel excited and good when he’s playing with you. If you want to enjoy more of the interaction and spend more quality time with your dog, mix up his play sessions. This way you get to play along with him and make him happy.