How can you tell your animal they did an extra good job?
My rewards are very intentionally rationed. When a dog is learning how to lay down and they do it (perhaps slowly or a bit delayed) then they get a treat. If they lay down immediately – fast, alert, and confidently -, then they get a small handful (maybe 5 treats).
When training something, play the jackpot game! If your animal puts in a large amount of effort show them by giving them a jackpot of treats. Sometimes I even excitedly say, “Jackpot!!” (replacing the sound of a clicker) and my animals love it.
If done consistantly, this form of rewarding will make sense to them. More effort = more treats. One treat = Okay, that wasn’t that great….