February 11, 2016 by The Dog Rules
Ever get frustrated with the “One Size Fits All” mentality? We’ve all been there at some point. To tall, too short, too fat, too thin, too not that “size”!
Everyone Else’s fur-child is a “foodie”; and yours could care less. Some trainers have difficulty with this concept. I know. I’ve been there. And if Fido isn’t food motivated or hungry, what do you do?
Don’t beat yourself and Fido up for not being like everyone else. Stop for a moment and think about the situations where Fido just can’t get enough of whatever it is you are doing.
Many dogs are absolutely crazy over balls, Frisbees and other tossing toys. Others like a good game of TUG! (I can see some trainers rolling their eyes and shaking their heads thinking NEVER tug! and I’ll address that in a later post.)
If your pooch fits the chase/retrieve/tug category; then, you have the perfect lure to train him or her! The best part of this is that, once you work out how to do it, it will work. Every time.
To begin, pick a toy that your dog is interested in and not over-the-top about playing with. Use the toy as you would the lure. When Fido does the desired action say “Good Dog!” and reward with couple of tosses or a brief game of tug. Play is the reward for performing the behaviour.
Keep the training sessions short. Ten or fifteen minutes at most. If your dog isn’t “getting it” or you are becoming frustrated, request a behaviour that the dog already knows well and reward them for that behaviour. You can always try another short session later. Frequent practice is the key – Always end on an Up Note!