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Q: I’m going to begin training my dog soon. Which foods are best to use as rewards during training?
A: I always recommend using the lowest-value treats that your dog will work for. Using part of your dog’s daily dry-food ration is ideal and means that you can save extra special treats, such as little pieces of cheese or cooked chicken, as rewards for when he has done particularly well.
Q: Can I train my granddaughters’ rabbit? She won’t use the plastic tray that we bought. We don’t want her to be uncomfortable in a wet hutch.
A: Rabbits are generally very clean pets and will naturally choose one spot in their hutch to go to the toilet. Watch your rabbit over a number of days and you’ll see which spot she’s chosen, then place the litter tray there. Fill it with a safe litter, such as recycled newspaper or citrus-based litter, just in case she decides to nibble it.
Try placing a treat or toy in the tray as an extra incentive, and then just be patient. She’ll make a few mistakes, but if you watch her and reward her for going in the tray with a treat, she’ll eventually get the message.
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