Intro: Why do we care?
This course will help you improve your dog’s ability to work for food, whether your dog is “meh” about food or so obsessed with food that they can’t focus on training.
But first of all, why does it matter if Sparky won’t work for food? Aren’t there other ways to train?
Sure, but here are four big reasons why food motivation is worth taking the time to build:
1: Honestly, it’s because food is super convenient. Food is an incredibly easy way to teach new skills and behaviors quickly. It makes it easy to get a lot of repetitions in so you can make progress quickly.
2: Food-based training allows your dog to work for their dinner, which provides some much-needed mental stimulation and enrichment for your little pet scavenger-predator beast.
3: If a dog isn’t working for food, it’s usually a sign that something else is going on. A dog’s willingness or unwillingness to take food is a barometer of how well training is going, it can help you figure out if you’re ready to move to the next level or if you need to take a step back.
4: When used properly, training with food helps you build a bond. It creates good feelings about you, the trainer, and teaches Sparky that you are fun and the provider of good things.