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Pet Geek Treat Dispenser review:

Dog using the Pet Geek Treat Dispenser

I have found a very useful tool: Pet Geek Treat Dispenser and it helps me with dog training activities. It is a treat dispenser that can be used to reward and release dogs from commands, help with separation anxiety, and aid in training them to back up. The dispenser costs around $60-80 on Amazon and is button-oriented. You can train your dog to do nose boop or paw at the button. When they touch the button, the dispenser makes a noise and expels treats.

The best part about this device is that once your dog learns the value of touching the button, they can eat their meals while getting plenty of exercise. You can slowly increase the distance at which they go to boop the button, making it a great game for client dogs in apartments that don't have many opportunities to run free. I personally put my button at the end of the hall and the dispenser on the other side of the house. I noticed that my dog walked an entire mile doing this exercise just when eating one meal!

Pet Geek Treat Dispenser for Training Activities:

I have also used this tool to aid in training activities a lot. It is even helpful when working with reactive dogs as it is a great source of redirection. I discuss how I use this tool for pattern games later in the book, but I highly recommend this product.

Barking is a natural behavior, but obsessive barking needs to be addressed for our sanity and to help dogs respond better to triggers. Yelling at your dog for barking is counterproductive as it can lead to more fear of the triggers. Instead, when your dog goes up to the window or door, you can say "find it" and scatter feed away from the trigger area to move them from being over threshold. This will redirect their reactivity while also giving them positive reinforcement around the triggers, which can aid in transforming their mindset around triggers. As your dog gets better, add a recall in away from the window or door and then say "find it."

I always love rewarding dogs for good behavior as it is much more beneficial than nagging them all the time for bad behaviors. Keeping treats on hand at all times is not always possible. When I see a good behavior, I hit the button, and it gives them their reward effectively with ease.

How I use this product with Reactivity teaching "Quiet":

When dealing with reactive or fearful dogs, using a device like this can be extremely helpful to engage them in pattern games. Simply yelling at your dog for barking excessively at the UPS man is not effective and can even worsen their fear and negative associations with the trigger.

Instead, when your dog goes up to the window or door and starts barking, simply hit the button and say "get it". The treat dispenser will shoot out treats, redirecting their reactivity and providing positive reinforcement around the triggers, which can help transform their mindset around them.

As your dog starts doing better with this, you can add a recall away from the window or door, then say "get it" and reward with the button. Later, you can start adding a "quiet" cue and reward with the "get it" dispensing cue.

First, you need to teach your dog that pressing the button will make a noise and dispense treats. Have the dispenser set at a good distance away from the triggering door or window, where they will physically have to move and turn away from the area. Start at a lesser distance and slowly increase the distance of the dispenser as they catch on.

If you have properly programmed the sound of the treat dispenser, when your dog is barking, push the button and your dog should look and go retrieve the reward. So instead of barking back at your dog, you are saying "thanks for the alert, come get your reward". This will change the obsessive barking mindset to interrupt it with a positive reinforcer.

How I use it for Door safety:

Does your dog run to the door and bark when it rings? You can use a device to train your dog to have better door manners. For instance, when you're about to receive a food delivery, push the button before opening the door. This will prevent your furry friend from rushing out to greet the delivery person. However, keep in mind that this may not work if your dog is more motivated by human interaction than treats.

How I use it for off:

Here's how I use the device to teach my dog to "off": If your dog jumps on your guests, counters, or furniture, you can use the device to help train them to stay away from those things. If your dog listens to your "off" cue, simply press the button and it will help create distance between them and the object.

How I use it for backup:

Teaching your dog to "back up" can be rewarding, especially if you feel like your dog is always underfoot. Although it's possible to teach "back up" without the device, it can make the process smoother. Start by working in a hall. Take a step forward, point away, and say "back up" or "bubble." As soon as your dog turns away from you, press the button and the treat dispenser will send out treats on the other end of the hall.

How I use it to encourage dogs to stay out of the kitchen:

If you want your dog to stay out of the kitchen while you're cooking, use the device to reward them for doing so. Similar to teaching "back up," when your dog removes themselves from the room, the dispenser will reward them with treats from the other room. This makes it easy to reward your dog while cooking without getting any crumbs on your hands.

The device can be used for many training activities. It can be used to reward and release your dog from certain commands, help with separation anxiety, and aid in training for "leave it," "recall," "touch," "off," "back up," "reactivity," and much more. I highly recommend this fun tool.


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