|Barked: Tue Jan 8, '13 5:33pm PST |
|A dog poorly trained/aggressive enough to bite someone for a treat, in a bag, in a pocket, doesn't really belong at a dog park, does it?
I know, technically, dog treats aren't either. But it's really my best option for off-leash recall training. I don't have dog-owning friends to do playdates with and have nowhere else to go to work where there are canine distractions, and they can't escape (easily, that is - given time, I'm sure they could Houdini out of the dog park fence).
I won't generally be pulling out the treats in front of other dogs. Most of our time is just letting them run and play, with a handful of other dogs, because I take them at offpeak times. But if I have their attention, call them over, and they come, they get rewarded. Sometimes praise, sometimes treats.
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