I like to use food to train dogs whenever we can for many reasons. First, food is what's known as a primary reinforcer. That's a fancy way of saying "the dog needs it to survive." Think about it, dogs (or us, for that matter) can't live without food. So it's pretty important to a dog. Second, food is usually a really nice reward for a dog. It tastes good. It smells good. They like it and will work hard to earn another tasty tidbit.
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