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Never give away a bowl of food. That sage advice was uttered by a pro trainer years ago and I’ve followed it ever since, because it helps Buddy (and me) become better hunters. And believe me, when the television camera is on, I need all the help I can get! 

Where do "treats" in all forms, fit into your training strategy?

I’m just a music major, not a trainer, but believe that short of birds and making puppies, food and other forms of praise are the strongest motivators for a dog. Smarter, more experienced trainers may disagree but take a moment before you turn this page. Put it in personal terms. 

Have you ever had a boss constantly haranguing you, putting you down, and yelling? How hard are you going to work for that guy? Will you stay late, go the extra mile? Nope, you’ll probably steal paper clips! 

On the other hand, it’s human (and I say canine) nature to seek positive feedback. “Self actualization” may be the psycho-babble term, but the fact is we want to do more – and better – work for someone who appreciates it. Think of your favorite teacher, the one you clapped erasers for.  (more…)

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