I'm training with someone (world level SchH) who doesn't like to use a toy at first because you can't keep the momentum in the training. When you're starting out and constantly rewarding every few steps you don't want to do it with a toy because it ends up being a process--reward, tug, let go, get toy back. She uses a toy reward down the road when the dog is heeling for a longer time.
J, mom to:
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