Features July 2018 Issue

The Allure of the Lure

Put the treat right under the dog’s nose, and move your hand in the direction you want her nose, head, and body to go.

The Allure of the Lure

Luring is a quick and effective way to teach new behaviors to your dog; just be sure to “fade” the lure as quickly as possible.

Luring means using something the dog wants, most often a food treat, to draw her or guide her into doing what you want her to do. With her nose glued to the treat like a magnet, you can lure her to sit, lie down, jump up on a surface, spin or twirl, and perform a very long list of additional behaviors by slowly moving the treat in the appropriate direction. Hence the “allure of the lure” – you can use this training technique to easily entice your dog to perform a behavior that you can then reward and reinforce.

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