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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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a thread that says treats are not good

Well I found a thread on a website that says treats are bad for dogs to be trained
Here is the thread 5 Myths About Training Dogs With Treats | Dog Star Daily
I want to see what you think about that just to make sure
And if so how should I train a pup then? I saw a trainer using the rope to make him obey

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 01:09 PM
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Bull. Use treats. Many of the top dogs in the nation are trained with treats. I like the article.




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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 01:12 PM
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The problem is that the sarcastic humor is getting lost in the translation. Be careful OP, whenever the author of an article says they're being sarcastic, lol!
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I think there's a language barrier here The article talks about dispelling myths that treat training is bad. Go back and read it again- it actually talks about why treat training is a useful tool. What do you mean by "using the rope to make him obey"? Leash pressure? That's also another good tool. Personally, I want to build drive and the bond with my puppies, so I introduce things with treats as a reinforcer and they're useful for luring. Dogs understand that food is good; it's an easy thing. They can eventually come to understand that praise alone is good too, but that's typically done with food first. I don't want a young, young puppy to have to think about the world in terms of "you must obey," it's a really good way to squash drives and end up with a dull dog... I made that mistake. You want puppies to learn behaviors because they're fun... the "obey" part comes later. I start with treats while I'm teaching something new- they're useful for luring and shaping to get the dog into the position I want for that behavior. Once I can expect that the dog understands what I'm asking, I slowly extinguish treats using a sort of random lottery reward system. I want my dogs to learn to want to work. Eventually, once they're older, I do expect obedience, but that comes later. Even when they're adults, I still use treats for teaching new things and as rewards for certain things.
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Do you know what a myth is? Among other things, it means a widely held belief that isn't true. The author of this article is taking 5 common myths that many people still believe about using food in dog training, and explaining why they're wrong.

That is an excellent website, with lots of good training articles.

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I do no what a myth means and that's why I asked if its true or not
Thanks for your answers

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These myths are not true and she explains them, and why they are untrue. Good article.

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Use what works for you, don't worry about what an article says.
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