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Coaching canine with meals | Weblog by K9 Professional and Steve Courtney Canine Coaching


Coaching canine with meals has bought to be probably the most misunderstood ideas.

  • There are people who state that any and each canine could be skilled utilizing solely meals.
  • There are people who consider that any behaviour could be modified utilizing meals solely.
  • There are people who state that utilizing meals is simply bribery.
  • There are people who say when you use meals the canine received’t reply except you could have meals.
  • There are people who say that their canine won’t ever work for meals.

For the file, I don’t agree with any of the above statements…

I feel that folks over simplify utilizing meals or get caught utilizing meals in a method and consider that’s the limitation of meals, or that you just can not get excessive ranges of motivation with meals.

Entry to assets

In case your canine has limitless entry to meals, or another useful resource, you may be severely limiting your canine worth for meals. This results in yet one more dangerous concept “starve the canine and she or he will work for meals”.

Effectively, you’ll probably solely gradual the metabolism and find yourself with a canine that doesn’t want a lot meals.

I see many individuals put together a meals bowl for his or her canine and their canine get tremendous excited, run to the place they get fed, sit and anticipate the cue to go eat.

That is typically their canine’s highest stage of motivation the proprietor ever see’s. It’s essentially the most responsive, engaged and motivated their canine is to return, sit and so forth.

This was skilled with only one repetition per day. One meals bowl per day, perhaps two…

Think about taking even half that meals and delivering it by means of 50 or 100 reps a day…

Consuming is coaching!!!

I feel probably the most necessary points of coaching a canine is to hand feed your canine at least 50% of his or her meals. While some positive aspects in engagement, belief and relationship could be gained by simply choosing meals up and giving it to your canine, I’m not speaking about that after I say “hand feed”.

I’m speaking about, weighing out the canine meals and placing a number of equal quantities into say, separate snap lock luggage. These will equal 50% of the entire meals the canine will get per day. So there’s nonetheless some meals being delivered by the meals bowl.

Each time you’ll prepare or work together along with your canine, load a bag into your deal with pouch and away you go.

At first meals rewards are delivered for little or no enter by the canine, “I’m simply creating an expectation of reward”.

Over the approaching week or so, your canine metabolism shifts gears and begins to “count on” meals at numerous occasions of the day, in small quantities, for doing one thing, with you.

Now the “value” goes up a little bit, and the ratio of win lose goes from 100% to perhaps 70% win. Now as a result of you could have created an “expectation of reward” this takes benefit of Destructive Punishment.

Destructive Punishment is a quadrant of Operant Conditioning meaning withholding an anticipated reward (principally).

Now your canine is: –

  • Working between win and loss
  • Anticipating a reward
  • Anticipating to work
  • Has a metabolic expectation of “I’m hungry each hour”

It is just now are you able to even take into consideration measuring your canine meals drive and take into account including any distraction to your coaching classes.

This sounds simple, however while you portion your canine meals into items and parts and also you begin needing to seek out “X” quantity of excellent behaviours to reward, it could take a little bit extra effort than you might assume.

However belief me, persist anyway.

These modifications are more likely to be making the distinction: –

  • Your elevated effort
  • Extra coaching to get the best behaviours to reward
  • Rewarding solely the fascinating behaviours
  • Your canine elevated metabolic fee
  • Your canine elevated worth for meals
  • Your canine expectation of reward
  • Your canine avoidance of behaviours that lose reward

Mixed is usually a sport changer.

Individuals who discover this “too laborious” at all times discover coaching too laborious, outcomes laborious to get and discuss their cussed canine.

Coaching with meals alone could not get you all the pieces with each canine, however when you get all the pieces you’ll be able to out of the meals, you wont want as a lot if any of the rest.

Is meals your canine precedence?

I’m fortunate sufficient to work with quite a lot of German Shepherds, now many are available and their house owners will inform me “The canine has zero curiosity in meals”.

So, that is what I see: –

They present their canine a distraction, let’s say their canine is canine aggressive. Their canine triggers into aggression or is nearly to they usually present the canine some meals and form of ask “wouldn’t you quite have meals than bark at that canine?

Effectively, in that scenario, it’s unlikely the canine will say sure, however that doesn’t imply they aren’t motivated by meals, they’re simply extra motivated by the canine at that second in time.

I’ll take away the opposite canine and start rewarding the canine with meals when there aren’t any distractions, keep in mind, I construct the expectation of reward first.

At some stage I can ask the canine to do a meals strengthened train reminiscent of sit, as one other canine walks into the room, and to get the meals, the canine NOW sits.

Meals has develop into a precedence and an expectation to that canine.

Supply system

Have you learnt that the “approach” I ship the meals can have an excessive impact on the power and dedication the canine places into getting it?

Taking part in video games with meals vs inserting meals between a canine paws on a spot mattress may help you both get, excessive ranges of drive or lengthy classes of rest, and it has nothing to do with the “flavour” of the meals.

Luring and shaping

If I lure a canine to a location and reward, I discover the canine following meals and discovering an open hand in a location. Sufficient repetitions will improve the likeliness that canine goes to that location. But when I form the behaviour, then mark and launch the canine, it could scale back the variety of repetitions it takes to show this by 95%!!!

In my coaching in drive system, I can put the reward expectation, win loss facet, higher supply system all into my Coaching in drive Framework and develop an excellent performing canine.

The degrees of power, dedication, pace, and reliability these canine put into their work could be unimaginable even when a few of them began with what the proprietor described as “not all in favour of meals in any respect”.

Merely displaying a pet food, luring a sit and giving the canine a chunk of meals is as primary as primary can get.

None of my packages are that primary. As an expert I’m going to show shoppers how professionals get the outcomes we get.

There are lots of canine, particularly the canine that come to us for rehab, very critically aggressive canine, very harmful and highly effective canine, that providing meals isn’t a primary step.

We’ve got canine that when you supply handful of meals, they may maul your hand or if muzzled, break your fingers making an attempt to.

However the entire canine we rehab undergo these steps so we are able to utilise meals of their coaching and relationships to assist reinforce the higher behaviours we educate.

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If you wish to see huge modifications, make huge modifications.

Why not give it a go, run this for simply 40 days and measure the outcomes!

Check out the video beneath of some shoppers enjoying these video games.



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