Ok, so I am looking for a training class for my girls.
I found this place that offer "off leash" training.
I talked to the trainer, and I liked what he was explaining to me, but
he believes in "no treat" training.
My girls are very much food motivated.
I will go take a look at one of his class before I commit, but
Do you believe in "no treat" training??
because it works for us, we use food rewards along with other things like toys and getting to go for a walk, a ride, to the dog park, etc. we don't use treats ALL the time, but it is very helpful in learning new skills or reinforcing behaviors i want repeated. using treats for training may not work for everyone.
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If he doesn't use food rewards, how does he motivate the dogs? And if it's off-leash, then how does he correct? With sufficient motivation, you don't necessarily need to use physical correction, but without treats I'm not sure what you'd use to motivate an off-leash dog in a highly stimulating environment. You can use toys, tugging, etc., but those aren't sufficient for some dogs. I would observe a class. Let us know what it's like; I'm genuinely curious!
Because you have already had issues involving possessiveness I would give the no-treat system a chance.
I'd observe a class, and ask the same questions as Nathan. Most of the 'off leash' classes I've seen advertised (Fred Hassen, especially) are based around shock collars.
That's exactly what I was thinking. Either that or magic.Originally Posted by kaytris
Or sheer repetition. A non-treat trained dog must be VERY reliable before going off-leash. And although there's not a 100% guarantee (is there ever with a dog), it IS possible to do. I reward/correct vocally, and it seems to work well....Originally Posted by theoconbrio
I FAR prefer treats.
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Thank you everyone for your input. This class is almost twice as much in cost
compare to other classes. I will go take a look at it to see what is like.
He said only reward he gives is Love. That is great, if it works for my girls. ???
If your dogs have been treat trained you may have a hard time persuading them to accept "love" as a reward. I know that my girl Maisy would think I was nuts if her only reward was "love"!!He said only reward he gives is Love.