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The Snap Open Bait Bag

The Snap Open Bait Bag

Ed Frawley shows some of the features and talks about why our snap open bait bag is his go to bait bag for all types of training.

October 7, 2013   |   1 Minute, 25 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A
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Question: I'm having a lot of fun training my dog with your marker DVD. Will he be as responsive if we're out and about and I don't have a treat with me or he's not hungry?

I am having tons of fun training our Vizsla with your Marker training video. He responds very well to it. I am concerned though about the "end-game."

Will he be as responsive if we're out and about, and I don't happen to have a treat with me, and his hunger drive is low?

I am wondering if we're building in an expectation for him, to always have food, which is logistically difficult.

Thanks for your opinion.

Cindy's Response:

I wouldn’t worry about the end game yet. It takes many months to build the engagement and behaviors to the point where you should be thinking about phasing out rewards.

Right now, you should always have food on you and if you don’t, then I would not ask for any behaviors.  You definitely want to build the expectation that you DO have a treat in the beginning. Too many folks get in a big hurry to phase those out.

If this tells you something about me, my dogs are 10, 5 and 2 years old and every time I do laundry I find dog treats in the lint trap of the dryer.  Haha. Even when my dogs are fully trained, I randomly reward them and it keeps them guessing (like the lottery). I have food in my pockets all the time.

I’d recommend the video The Power of Training Dogs with Food. Depending on your goals, we also have a video for much later that shows how to wean dogs off food, Finishing Work.

I hope this helps.
Cindy Rhodes

Thanks:

Thanks very much for your thoughtful response.  I love Ed's funny responses on his website.  Sounds like he doesn't suffer fools gladly.  Just purchased a tug and recall video.  I'll try the one you mentioned yet.

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Marker Training & our Q&A on Training with Food.

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's How to Break Up a Dog Fight article

Cindy,

Just wanted to let you know when my neighbor brought his 80 pound Boxer to my house and my 95 pound very high drive protection trained German Shepherd saw him jump on me he partially scaled and partially went through a wire fence (now replaced with stockade fencing) to attack that dog and clearly went for the back of the other dogs neck/spine.  I immediately grabbed the back legs and moved backwards and the fight ended instantly with no dog nor human getting hurt in mid bite.  It worked amazingly well and if it were not for you and Ed, I would not have known how to do this so quickly.  Your advice saved a lot of heartache.  Thank you!

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