Don’t get caught with your hand in the cookie jar

don't get caught with your hand in the cookie jarDon’t get caught with your hand in the cookie jar.

One of the biggest mistakes pet owners make while training their dog is they get a treat in their hand before getting the desired behavior.  While the very beginning step of lure – reward training does involve having a treat in your hand, it is imperative that you:

• remove all food from your hands as early as possible (usually less than 200 repetitions)

• let your hands hang down in a normal position and not reach for food too early 

Don’t become dependent upon the food to get the behavior.

s-l1000If you are using a clicker for training (which is highly recommended) click, then reach for your treat.

If you are not using a click, praise and then reach for your treat.

 

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