I use shaping rather than luring with food in my dog training. In the 80s, I was taught to food lure and correct, learned to do it well, and luring brought me a lot of success in obedience and agility. Luring can have benefits, but I decided to change. When I say I don't lure, it always gets a lot of comments and questions on social media, so in this episode, I'm covering the top ten reasons I prefer shaping.
In the episode you'll hear:
- The advantages of luring, how it can be easy to teach people, and its popularity.
- What I heard from my mentors Bob and Marian Bailey about luring.
- How my dog Shelby gave me my first “ah ha” about luring.
- About a class I took at University and what I learned about backwards conditioning.
- A review of Pavlov’s experiment with bells, food, and dogs.
- What happens in dog agility and other sports with luring and dogs who love to chase.
- How luring can turn into bribing the dog, and that dopamine kicks in at choice points.
- What I noticed about motivation and treat bags when I was teaching dog trainers in Japan.
- About pattern training and its relation to luring dogs.
- How the value dogs have for the food can override everything.
- The reason to know what you are reinforcing when your dog sees the cookie.
- That shaping gives us layers to create complex behaviors.
- Why I think shaping can become part of our whole life.
- Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First
- Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value
- Podcast Episode 145: 10 Ways To Teach A Dog To Lay Down And How To Shape It Without Luring
- Podcast Episode 173: Target Training For Dogs: How, Why, And When To Fade Targets
- Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan
- Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube