Dog training: Phasing out food lures and rewards - Dogtime

that the treats are in a place not readily accessible to your dog) to make training easier.
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Great hub. I have a hard time believing that some people think that using treats to train dogs is bribery. They’re dogs, not people.
When training Lucky, my mutant Dachshund, I tried to use treats when teaching him to speak. Now when he wants something, there are times when he’ll speak to get it, especially when he sees the treat bag. So proper training is important and you have to be sure that you’re training the right behavior and not something else.
Here's how to turn hot dogs into the perfect training treats:Hot dogs are not ideal for every dog. If your dog is
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Classical conditioning affects behavior by changing the underlying stimulus associated with a natural response, while operant conditioning rewards a desired behavior, increasing the chances that the behavior will occur again in the future. These two approaches can both be used in a system of positive reinforcement. By pairing rewards and positive consequences with a stimulus, such as giving high-value treats to a dog every time he sees another dog he was once unsure of, a trainer can change the dog's response from fear or aggression to joyful anticipation each time he sees that particular dog. This change in stimulus then causes the desired behavior change in the dog — say, from barking at the other dog to sitting peacefully at his owner's side. Nov 4, 2016 - Use your dog's favorite training treats (ideally, treats should be small and ..
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Photo provided by FlickrThere's a raging controversy in the field of dog training centered around dog training collars and methods--Reinforcement vs Correction and Treats vs No Treats.
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Never praise a dog, one trainer told Sam. "Your secretary faxes things for you all day. Do you praise her every time?" And no treats: The dog should perform for you, not for food. At the same time, breeders in Europe and North America were beginning to organize, anti-cruelty societies were forming, and training began to be approached more scientifically. "Train your dog" first became a well-known slogan during the Great Depression. By the 1930s, a pair of New York-based poodle fanciers named Helene Whitehouse Walker and Blanche Saunders toured the country in a wagon, visiting breeders' clubs and evangelizing obedience as a sport on par with tracking and agility. Saunders went on to become the Cesar Millan of her era. She published the first modern guidebook for dog trainers, . Saunders' basic methods were more or less standard into the 1970s. No treats, but it's OK to praise. Look for the dog to do something wrong and jerk on a choke chain around her neck. Use physical guidance to teach things like sits.Seeing dogs as piteous, abused, and pathetic creatures doesn't help either. Many dogs are mistreated, including my elder border collie. But I never refer to Orson as an abused dog. I don't want to see him that way, and when it comes to training, it doesn't really matter. I treat him well, love him wildly, train him carefully, and have high expectations. We will work until we get there; he deserves no less. If one more well-meaning owner tries to explain that his dog is biting my ankle or attacking my dog because "he was terribly abused," I might go buy some mace. And not for the dog.Question: My dog takes treats so hard that she’s hurt my hands on occasion. I’ve had the same thing happen to me to varying degrees at the dog park or in classes when I give a treat to another dog. I dread training sessions with my own dog, and I’ve become hesitant to give treats to other dogs. Is there a solution to this problem?Today, when you trot your dog into most training facilities in the United States, you will probably be taught using the so-called "click-and-treat" method. My own club, the in White Plains, N.Y., is aggressively positive. It includes on its recommended reading list such feel-good classics as Andrea Arden's and Joel Walton's . And under a title by Paul Owens called , they emphasize this is "NOT to be confused with the book with the same title written by Cesar Milan" (whom they hate too much even to spell his name right).This is a clicker, a noise maker that is usually associated with giving a dog a food treat. It is not a magical device, though some would tell you that it is. I’ve used clickers in training, and understand them very well. And I find them of limited usefulness… and so do more and more trainers every day. There are better ways to train a dog