Remote Treat Dispensers: How Do You Choose?

Imagine being able to take your dog’s agility
training to the next level with precise, accurate, immediate food rewards delivered at the push
of a button. Remote reward dog training devices allow handlers
to reward at a distance in a way that can improve nearly every aspect of a dog’s agility
performance. With remote reward dog training devices you
can: Teach independent weave pole performance,
getting the dog to drive all the way to the end. There’s no way your dog can cheat and get
the treat! Reward start line stays from a distance. Do remedial work with dogs that have learned
to run watching their handler’s hand for treats. Teach independent contact performance, keeping
forward focus on the contacts even if you move laterally or fall behind. No more babysitting! Reward distance work and sends. Proof obstacle performance. And more! You have two choices for remote reward training
devices – the Treat & Train, formerly called the Manners Minder, and the Ready Treat. Both devices dispense treats at the press
of a button, but there are many differences. The most obvious is size: the Treat & Train
is substantially bigger. This is great when you want a highly visible
target, but it’s not easy to carry to training class. It’s also harder to fade than the smaller
Ready Treat, which is less conspicuous and easy to fit in your training bag. Although both devices use a remote to deliver
treats, they do so very differently. The Treat & Train has a large compartment
into which many treats can be loaded. These treats must be dry and fit easily through
one of the two provided kibble discs. Treats that are uniform in size and shape
dispense best. So if your dog will work for his dinner, kibble
is one of the best choices. There’s a tiny lag between the press of
the button and the delivery of the treat. Sometimes more than one treat may slide into
the tray so your dog gets a jackpot, but the tray is easy for dogs of any shape and size
to access. The Ready Treat dispenses one reward instantly
and then must be refilled, but it holds any treat, including messy treats like peanut
butter or steak. You can use any treat that fits in the treat
compartment! This makes the Ready Treat a great choice
for picky eaters or dogs that need high value treats. The opening is smaller than the Treat and
Train’s tray but even large dogs are able to remove the treat with their tongues. In addition to its value in training agility,
the Treat & Train is an excellent choice for rewarding behaviors like crate manners. It has automated treat delivery options with
variable and fixed rates. The Treat & Train also comes with some extras:
an extendable target wand with removable base, an instruction booklet, and a training DVD. The Ready Treat was designed to be used for
training specific agility or obedience skills and has no automated options or extras included. No matter which unit you decide on, you’re
going to have to buy batteries! The Treat & Train remote runs on a 23A-12V
battery (which is included) and the food-dispensing base unit runs on 4 “D” batteries (which
are not included). The Ready Treat hand-held remote control runs
on a 9-volt battery (which is not included) and food-dispensing base unit runs on 3 AAA
batteries (which are also not included) There is a distinct price difference between
the two devices. The Treat & Train costs $109.99 and the Ready
Treat is only $49.99, with a deal on multiple purchases: buy 2 and save $5 each. With both devices, it’s important to note
that you will want to take time getting your dogs acclimated to the sounds of the machines,
and getting yourself used to using the remote. The Treat & Train and the Ready Treat are
both valuable additions to any dog trainer’s toolbox. Some people prefer one over the other based
on their training needs, but many people have both devices and use them in different ways. No matter which you select, get yours at!

2 thoughts on “Remote Treat Dispensers: How Do You Choose?

  1. I have been considering purchasing one of these products and the video was very helpful in helping me decide.  I may get both.

  2. I have one of the older models of this and the problem was that you had to be very precise in pointing at the treat and train for the remote to work. Has this been improved on?

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