|Barked: Thu Apr 12, '12 8:05am PST |
|My advice is to use rewards that are not over stimulating for the dog. You want the dog to focus on the job and the course and learning, rather then just getting the reward.
My dog is toy-obsessed and has strong drive. When we're doing obedience work, I reward her with her wubba and a short game of tug, because obedience is so darn boring for her.
However, agility is a different story: I don't use toys in agility. For one thing, my issue is slowing her down enough to make sure she hits her contacts.
For us, using a toy as a reward sends her off into her own world where she's all drive and no brain and focusing on ANYTHING except speed and the course is impossible. Plus, even if I use a toy only once, she gets so crazy that she bites me if I try to slow her down and force her to hit her contacts.
With treats, I can keep her drive in check better and make sure that we also work on important things like technique. Hitting those contacts and making sure she clears jumps properly is JUST as important if not way more so then speed. That way, she *waits* for a treat for me and stays on course, rather then just making up whatever she wants to.
Ah, Cardigan Welsh Corgis... LOL (eye roll)
Plus, I *really* don't want her jumping off the A-frame midway down and hurting her little corgi legs or her back (Dog Forbid!!!). She makes very poor decisions when she's in what I call, "over drive." :-P
Edited by author Thu Apr 12, '12 8:09am PST
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