Many people start out with luring as the main component of their training; it’s important to be able to make informed choices about when and how to apply that training.
To Lure and Not To Lure: Effective Use and Omission of Lures in Training
Location: Portland & DC
Course Type: Learning Lab
Skill Level: All Levels
Topic: Competition, Skill, Teaching Others
Dogs should already understand the click/treat relationship, be comfortable with and able to work in close quarters with other dogs (no reactive dogs please). Handlers should have experience with shaping via marker training. You may participate with your dog or you may attend as an observer. Observers should not bring their dogs to the Lab.
This is a Combination Learning Lab and Session, mixing lecture with hands-on training for 4 working participants with their dogs. The Session will include PowerPoint presentation, video demos, and hands-on training exercises with working teams.
The use of lures to prompt behavior in clicker training has been a controversial topic for several years. Many clicker trainers claim that lures are problematic in advancing behavior, as the lure becomes a required cue for response, and/or that the Lure prevents dogs from thinking about what behavior they are doing actively. Other clicker trainers claim that lures allow them to prompt the behavior they desire quickly, making the training process much faster.
In this Lab, Michele will strive to validate the conclusion that both opinions are very much correct. The Lab will focus on how to use lures effectively as training tools while preventing a reliance on them and not distracting the learner from awareness of the behavior in process.
The 4 handler/dog teams will train new behaviors. The first training sessions will use thoughtfully planned and applied lures to initiate desired behavior. Within 2 training sessions, these lures will be omitted thoughtfully and replaced with desired behavior cues to further progress those behaviors.