Month: June 2016


Not a Reward, Just Another Lure

The rewards that we dispense at my training facility stimulate the dog’s prey drive to a higher level than food. How do you explain that when I try to give food to my dog and I simultaneously trigger the artificial lure (its actually a plastic bag on a string that runs in a huge rectangular shape) he ignores the food and goes after the plastic bag. The plastic bag moving along the ground stimulates the dog’s prey drive higher than any piece of food will (including a steak put right in his face), however, the plastic bag is just a LURE. The reward is the prey drive stimulation and whatever that feels like to the dog.

I have dogs that come to my facility that will run the lure course even though the plastic bag is not moving. The lure course is in a big rectangle shape (3 acres) and the dogs will run that entire course in that shape even though the plastic bag is not moving. Just like food-based training right? Food is a LURE. In fact, it is the lowest common denominator lure for all dogs. It is not a reward like the pet industry teaches.

The Failure That Is Force Free Training

Force free training is just another training method that at its core is really food-based. The same can be said for clicker training. Read my related blog that discusses the anatomy of positive reinforcement. Food is the lowest common denominator lure for dogs. These methods do not work for high prey drive dogs outdoors. I have demonstrated many times with my pit bulls that they will snub a tasty food treat for a chase on the lure when they are offered at the same time. That is because a dog will respond to whatever stimulates its prey drive the highest in that moment.

So there, just another useless training method that is all show in a very controlled environment and repeatedly fails in the real world. Be cautious of a trainer that says they are force free and you own a high prey drive dog. Statically 6 out of 10 dog owners believe their dog is aggressive. Example of force free (food based) training technique below. As you can see there is minimal stimuli, her hands mimic what it would look like if she had a treat (i.e. thumb and forefinger together), and her fanny pack full of treats is the dead give away. The dog is fully aware the fanny pack is full of treats from repetition and slowly demanding longer periods of obedience via repeatedly practicing with the dog. I challenge anyone who disagrees to display this training method with a high prey drive dog in the presence of a lure course or a passing deer. I have a lure course and other high value stimuli at my training facility, Performance Dogs Day Camp, Training and Boarding. We welcome ALL dogs with ALL behaviors.

Response to Ceasar Millan’s Animal Cruelty Investigation.

Accusing Millan of animal crualty is just the pet industry’s way of protecting its ideology that dogs are just like humans. Its to scare everybody to conform or get out. Way more people and companion animals get hurt because of this false ideology then what Millan preaches, and I do not agree with everything Millan does with dogs. I’ve been using a force method (developed and patented by me) for over 10 years to modify any dog behavior (including dog-on-dog and dog-to-human aggression) that mimics what a stable dominant dog (the alpha) does naturally to modify the sub-dominant dogs in a pack with no humans present. Its all natural and highly effective. My dog business is built around this force modification method and is the secret sauce for our success in the dog day care, boarding, and training of ALL dogs with ALL behaviors. I invite anyone in the Washington DC metro area to bring their dog to my faciltiy with any behavior issue and we will modify it. Its humane and ALL NATURAL. As I always say to dog owners coming to me for problem behaviors, “your dog has NO behavior issue, you have a PACK issue”. Get your pack right and the unwated behaviors will eventually diminish and go away with consistent reinforcement using our force modification method. The pet industry should be ashamed of themselves for humanizing the dog. Its why our shelters are filled up and people routinely surrender their dogs. The pet industry is greedy and entrenched with this ridiculous ideology as they make more and more money by humanizing the dog. I also consider humanizing dogs as abuse.

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