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.