Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I like luring too. I think if you have a driven dog, luring works a lot better than free shaping. The dogs want the reward, motivation/interest is not their problem ... so why not cut to the chase and show them what they need to do to get a reward. Besides, like Michael said, if you ask the dog to "down" on his own, 40 percent of the time he will do it in way that you want, 40% of the time he will do it the way he wants, 20% of the time he will do it in a way that makes no sense even to him. With luring, you teach him from the very beginning THIS is the way I want you to sit, down, stand, etc.