Using “Life Rewards” In Your Puppy Training

As I set out on my journey of raising and training my puppy, I couldn’t help but wonder about the best approaches and techniques to ensure a well-behaved and happy canine companion. That’s when I stumbled upon the concept of “Life Rewards.” Intrigued, I delved deep into this innovative method and its profound impact on puppy training. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing my personal experiences and insights on how incorporating “Life Rewards” can transform your training sessions into a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. Join me as I explore the many benefits and practical tips for utilizing “Life Rewards” in your puppy training journey.

Using “Life Rewards” In Your Puppy Training


In my experience as a dog trainer, I have come to realize that every dog has unique needs when it comes to training. That’s why I offer personalized help for puppy training, tailored specifically to meet your furry friend’s requirements. McCann Dog Training is committed to providing you with the necessary tools and guidance to ensure a happy and well-behaved pet.

Understanding “Life Rewards”

When it comes to puppy training, one effective technique that we employ is the use of “life rewards.” Life rewards refer to the everyday experiences and activities that dogs find rewarding. By incorporating these rewards into our training sessions, we can strengthen the bond between you and your puppy while teaching them important life skills.

How Does It Work?

  1. Identify the Rewards: The first step in utilizing life rewards is to identify what motivates your puppy. This could include treats, toys, verbal praise, or even access to certain activities.

  2. Timing is Key: Once you’ve identified the rewards, it’s important to provide them at the right time. This ensures that your puppy associates the desired behavior with the reward. For example, praising your puppy immediately after they successfully obey a command.

  3. Variety is the Spice of Life: To keep your puppy engaged and enthusiastic during training sessions, make sure to mix up the rewards. This prevents them from becoming bored or desensitized to any one reward.

  4. Gradual Phasing-out: As your puppy becomes more proficient in their training, gradually reduce the frequency of rewards. This encourages them to rely on internal motivation rather than external rewards.

Benefits of “Life Rewards”

Utilizing life rewards in your puppy training sessions offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Strengthening the bond between you and your puppy through positive reinforcement.
  • Increasing your puppy’s motivation and enthusiasm to learn.
  • Teaching your puppy valuable life skills in a fun and engaging manner.
  • Helping your puppy generalize the behaviors learned during training to various real-life situations.

FAQs About “Life Rewards”

1. Can I use any type of reward for life rewards?
Yes, you can use any reward that your puppy finds motivating, such as treats, toys, or praise.

2. How often should I provide life rewards during training sessions?
It’s important to provide rewards frequently in the beginning stages of training. As your puppy becomes more proficient, gradually reduce the frequency to encourage internal motivation.

3. Can I combine life rewards with other training techniques?
Absolutely! Life rewards can be integrated with other training methods, such as clicker training or positive reinforcement.

4. Do I need professional help to incorporate life rewards into my puppy training?
While professional guidance can be beneficial, you can certainly incorporate life rewards into your training sessions on your own. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your puppy!

5. Is there a specific age at which I should start using life rewards in my puppy’s training?
You can start using life rewards as soon as you bring your puppy home. However, it is important to keep the training sessions short and age-appropriate.


Using “life rewards” in your puppy training sessions is an effective and enjoyable way to teach your furry friend important life skills. By identifying what motivates your puppy and incorporating those rewards into their training, you can strengthen your bond and achieve positive results. Remember, consistency and patience are key. So start implementing “life rewards” today, and enjoy the journey of training your puppy into a well-behaved and happy member of your family.

Thank you for watching and happy training!

Ken, Founder of McCann Dogs.