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parsa 07-11-2014 10:21 PM

Today I started feeding her during the walk
My puppy (smart little *** ) didn't want to walk the full block when we went out for a walk. She would play dead half the time we went outside (fall over on her side and not move what so ever).

Today i decided not to feed her until the time for walk and fed her during the walk. It was magic! She loved the walk and even practiced coming to me when I called her name (with all the distractions on the road). :)

SuperG 07-11-2014 10:46 PM

I've never tried it but read and heard many positive things about feeding a pup it's daily allotment of food as treats via the human hand.....perhaps you just gave another ringing endorsement to this particular approach.


Chip18 07-11-2014 11:16 PM

Not a fan of "bribing" my dog in training myself. I expect full compliance regardless of whither or not they feel like eating.

Rocky never got "treats" for not biting the crap out of someone! "Because I say so" works for me! Behaviourist have told me that's not how you train dogs.

Works for me and my dogs and a few rescues but what do I know. :)

Castlemaid 07-12-2014 12:59 AM

Talking about about an itty bitty baby puppy here - let's give the dog and owner a bit of leeway.

And I used to be of the same mindset - dog should just listen to me because. Period.

Until I got Keeta, and everything with her was a battle of wills. It was exhausting, and i was NOT having fun. So I decided to humble myself, admit that there was a lot about dogs I didn't know, and enrolled in positive, reward based obedience classes - WOW! What a mind changer! I learned so much, it completely turned Keeta's mindset around, instead of fighting me, she because my partner, and our relationship changed to what I wanted it to be.

Rewards are for training - you phase them out as the dog matures, but by then, their brain has made the connection that listening and obeying is fun and rewarding!

shepherdmom 07-12-2014 01:13 AM

I'd like to point out that treats aren't necessarily food. A treat to your dog can be anything from your affection/attention, to a scratch on the ears, to a game of fetch. I have a hard time believing you never bribe your dog. ;)

I will admit it, I shamelessly bribe my dogs.

middleofnowhere 07-12-2014 04:59 PM

Well, when I worked it was for a paycheck. So I expect to reward my dogs. I'm pretty happy with the results.

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