Warning There Are Pitfalls In Relying On Food

In all honesty, I don't use food very much... simply because it is rarely needed to communicate what you want to your dog. A possible exception to this rule is in competition obedience training, when the food can be used to help the dog focus and target. But in general, if you are quick, direct, and to the point, you will be able to show your dog exactly what you want him to do, and will be praising him for doing the right thing before he even thinks about what approach you're using to put him in that position.

So, in sum, my primary use of food, outside of competition training, is usually limited to getting a dog who is defensive to understand what I want him to do, so that he may later understand my commands. My secondary use of food is as a motivator to get the dog to work fast, and with a more positive attitude.

As I've already talked about using food to improve your dog's working attitude, let me mention briefly how food can be used to speed up performance of exercises.

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