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By Linda Lombardi The Associated Press

Food rewards: Way to a dog’s heart IS through its stomach

Why train your dog with food rewards? A growing body of research says it’s the easiest and most effective way to train.

“Using treats during training is the best way to guarantee that your dog will repeat the behaviour you want,” says the American Kennel Club.

Other methods don’t work as well, experts say, and can even harm your dog and the pet-owner relationship.