Originally Posted By: gmcenroeWhen I am out walking her I can't take treats with me to reward every command but expect her to follow commands.
I don't have any problem taking a baggie of treats with me when I'm walking the dogs, and that's one of the reasons why my dogs are more dependable off-leash than most of the dogs trained with other methods. Because they know that response equals reward, my dogs are cued in on me and waiting for my command. I do a lot of off-leash/off-collar work and always carry treats and/or toys (that's what pockets are for! *L*). If I have a particularly driven dog that needs something corrective, I have no problem adding that in but I still continue to provide a high level treat or toy when the command is followed.
Even my young monster (Tazer, 16 months old, German/Czech working lines, energy out the kazoo) is responding very well off-leash without wearing a corrective collar these days. We were out playing frisbee when some people showed up and she started right over to them, but spun back to me on a simple "Tazer, here!" command. And of course I reinforced that! Turning away from being able to meet and greet new people is a tough thing for her to do and she deserved a good paycheck for it.
I can fill my pockets with treats and head outside with all dogs sans leashes - two shepherds, two chows - and they follow me around in circles and I send them through tunnels and over little jumps and then I throw treats that they get to chase down and eat - and then they run right back to me for the next "Game". To be able to have all four dogs out loose with no leash, no e-collar control, etc. is really neat and very effective when you've done the kind of training I've done.
I am really sold on using whatever it is that your dog likes to provide motivation for training. Dogs can be trained to avoid things they don't like (which is what shock collar training does) but there is a definite difference in the level of trust and relationship you end up with. I've seen both and know the difference, and I will always keep my e-collar training to a minimum since there are other ways - kinder ways - that produce better results for most of the training scenarios.
Okay. that was a bit rambling but I took a sleeping pill a bit ago and my hands are fuzzy now .. *L*
Melanie and the gang in Alaska