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Mar192018

Training with games

I often get asked "why train with games"?  Here's the first three answers that come to mind.

Answer 1:  Well why not?  Games are fun and life is short, especially for our dogs.  Play games!!

Answer 2:  In my opinion, novice handlers can excel using games.  If you muck up the timing on a cue to the dog, or the timing of the reward, or both of those things: it doesn't really matter.  Sure the dog won't learn as quickly but the team is still having fun.  The dog gets an extra reward for no apparent reason: so what?  The relationship is undamaged.  The dog is having fun.  The person is enjoying their dog.  Win-win!!

Answer 3: Games are short little bursts of undivided attention on your dog.  This fits perfectly with how dogs learn best: in short windows of 2-3 minutes or less.  How convenient is that?  People can always find a couple spare minutes while the kettle boils or during commercials!!