Has anyone else noticed that people use different words to describe food reinforcers?
Treats: This is what I usually say. I try to say "reinforcer" when talking about everything in general, but when we're talking about a specific activity and the owner is using food... "treat." Or I'm specific "Feed a piece of the cheese".
Cookies: This is one I've heard forever but I don't like to use. Maybe it's because I can't bring myself to put hamburger and tuna into the same category as chocolate chip cookies. I also think this has more of a negative connotation in some ways... yes we all like cookies... but the term also means "don't eat more than one or two..." [I personally don't follow that rule!] and "it's not the most healthy thing to eat." In reality a lot of the dog treats we use are health or at least not unhealthy.
Snacks: This is one a 4-H'er used... "Do I give him snacks?!" And it took me a moment to realize he was talking about his treats. Everyone knows snacks are important and they can be healthy or unhealthy... so maybe it's a better term?
Candy: This is a new one for me... the student was also a bit worried about feeding her dog, getting small enough reinforcers,and using a high rate of reinforcement. Not a term I will often be using but it did let me understand more about how she's feeling about reinforcement.
How else do people talk about treats?
I have stories about Thundershirts, placement of reinforcer, manners minder and agility, and multiple books I finished reading.