Tim Martens· Premium Member
while i wouldn't quite put it that way.....there are many dogs that will work only for praise mike. perhaps not in the beginning during the instruction phase, but certainly once the desired behavior is learned, some dogs will do it for nothing but praise. i think maybe you were talking about the instruction phase mike?Greg Long said:There is no intelligent response to this remark.If you believe this then you just dont know dogs.Mike Schoonbrood said:I love treats, I think the people who don't like training with treats either lack the patience to train motivationally so want to shortcut to compulsion, or they don't quite understand how using treats works in a dogs mind. A dog doesn't work for praise, they like praise, but they won't work for it. I dare you to take a dog and train them without a prong collar and without a reward, just praise. I compare it to going to work and your paycheck at the end of the month being a big hug from your boss.
the perfect example is the assistance dog. what motivates the dog to turn on the light, open the door, pick up the phone, etc.? do you think the person gives the dog a treat or plays ball with the dog EVERY time the dog does one of those tasks? either the dog would get grossly overweight very quickly or the disabled person would be tired of throwing a ball all day. for 90% of the tasks, a "good boy" and a pat on the head is all the dog gets and wants....