Dog Training Using Food Luring – Professional Dog Training Tips

Dog Training Using Food Luring – Professional Dog Training Tips

– People are often concerned
about using too much food in their training. They think that if they use a lot of food, the dog will become
dependent on it and will only learn to listen when they
have treats in their hand. In this video we’re going
to talk about the method of luring and, if it’s done properly, you can actually work towards
not eating any food at all. I’m Kayl McCann, welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (guitar strum) First I want to talk to
you about what the method of luring is. Essentially, it’s when
I take a piece of food, put it on my dogs nose
and then basically move it so that she follows it in every direction. I can use this to teach her
to do all kinds of tricks, or even simple behaviors
like sit, down, sit, stand. Wherever my food goes,
that’s where she goes, too. Our final goal is to get our
dogs to be able to do the behavior for us without
needing the use of food. So in order to teach Funky to
do a behavior it’s important that she clearly hears the
command that I want her to respond to without being
distracted by the food. So if I was to tell her
down and then lure her into position, she’s probably
going to be more focused on the food rather than what
I’m saying to her because all she’s thinking about
is getting the treats out of my hand. So in order for her to learn
a command it’s important that I would do something like this. And then lure one second later. Now the one second later
part is also really crucial. If I always say down and I
lure at the exact same time, again, Funkee’s going to be
learning to be dependent on both the word and the
hand signal because those are the things that are
easier for her to respond to. So, again, in order for her
to eventually no food and just on my verbal command alone, I need to say the command and
then lure one second later. So she’s already lying down
so I’ll show you with sit. Yes. And then I give her one from there. Now you may have noticed
from the last example that Funkee was already moving
into a sit and into the down position on my command. And that’s because she’s eight year old, she’s had a lot of training,
she knows what those commands are and she doesn’t need the
signal or the food anymore for those particular behaviors. In order to give you a true
sense of what this looks like, what I’m going to do is get
her to do a behavior that she already knows, but
teach her on a completely different word that she’s
not used to hearing. So, for example, banana. I love bananas, she
actually likes bananas too. To I’m going to teach her how
to sit on the command banana. She sat because I said the word sit. You are too smart there, girly. Now, what I’m going to do
is show you first off the importance of timing. It’s very important that I
don’t say banana and lure her at the same time. If she’s in the lie down
and I have food on her nose and I was to say banana and
then lure her into position, she is so focused on that
food she probably had no idea what I said to her. So, again, I need to make
sure I say the command and then lure her with proper timing. So my food needs to come
away from her nose so she’s not distracted. Banana. Yes. And then I can lure one second later. Now, it’s also very important
that your signal comes within one second of the command. So if I say banana and then
a couple second later I lure her into the sit position,
she’s also not going to be able to put the two together. It needs to be command,
the lure, then reward. So I’m going to go ahead and
do a couple repetitions now with proper timing and
see if Funk can figure out how to be able to sit on the
word banana without eating a piece of food. I’m just going to lure
her into a down here, I’m going to start a few repetitions. Banana. Yes, good girl. Okay lie down. Good girl. Banana. Yes, good girl. Very nice. Banana, yes good girl. I’m gonna try one more time here. I threw of piece of
food at ya, sorry girly. Banana. Yes, good girl. Okay, I’ve done about three repetitions, four repetitions and I
have a piece of food here. Now I’m going to give it a try. I’m going to pull it away
from her nose and I’m going to just say the word and see what happens. Actually I’m going to get
another treat ready here so if she does a good job
I might even give her a jackpot reward. Banana. Oh, that was so close. I’m going to try it again. Banana. Okay so she’s kind of
confused, which is okay. I might not have done enough repetitions. So I’m going to try a couple more. Banana. Yes, good girly. You can see her little wheels turning. Banana. Yes, good girl. One more. Banana. Yes, good girl. Okay we’re going to try
the big test now, lie down. Good girl, ready? Wait for me. Banana. Yes, good girl. Now remember, using food in
your training can actually be a really great thing. It’s a great resource that
we can us in order to get our dogs to pay attention to us, especially if they’re distracted. And it’s a great way to keep
things positive, as well. Especially if you’re teaching
your dog something new. Now remember, food can be
great but it also can be weened off of if you
use the method of luring in the proper steps. Now, if you liked today’s
video make sure you give us a thumbs up. If you’re new to our
channel, we post new training videos every single Thursday
so make sure you come back and check us out,
subscribe to our channel. For now, this is Funkee Monkee, I’m Kayl, and thanks for watching.


  1. Awesome video!
    I already understood the sequence of saying the command right before the action of luring in order to get the dog to predict the action after it hears the verbal cue. But, I never thought that having the food in front of the dog as you say the verbal cue as a distraction and potentially slowing down the learning process. Thank you for this bit of information, makes total sense! can't wait to put this into practice.

  2. Transferring value to something other than food is called a Conditioned Reinforcer. Some people use a clicker, we choose to use the word, YES to let our dogs know they have made a great choice! What do YOU use as your Conditioned Reinforcer? Is it a word? Is it a sound?

  3. Aww, my puppy who was rescued in Monument Valley looks just like this dog but Bibi has one brown eye and one eye that is blue and brown. I figure she is an australian cattle dog mix. What breed is this dog?

  4. We’re having some trouble with luring our Australian Shepherd puppy unless he’s ravenously hungry and we’re using super high value treats. When we first got him we were trying to use part of his meals as you guys have suggested here on the channel, but he seems to value sitting on his bottom or lying down more than he values the treat, if we’re trying to get him to follow it. He values tug a good amount, but a lot of times that’s a bit too exciting and our training sessions get derailed. He’s still young (9 weeks) so we’re going to keep trying with some different treats and things, but training has become a bit of a challenge since we can’t really get him to buy into our luring. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks for the amazing channel and all you guys do!

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