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Categories: Marker Training , Training With Food

Q. Can I give my puppy (who is learning marker training) a treat at an odd time without saying YES? In other words, Does she have to hear the word YES come out of my mouth before she receives a treat?
Hi Cindy

I?m training my 12 week old F Malinois using marker training and it?s working great. I?ve purchased the bate bag from you that I have clipped on at all times. I?m doing a tone of engagement with her (eye contact), and she?s focusing on me for up to 5 seconds before I say "YES," pause, and reward her with food (hotdogs) or a toy reward. I haven?t began incorporating any commands, but that?s just around the corner.

My question is ... Can I give my puppy (who is learning marker training) a treat the odd time without saying "YES"? In other words, Does she have to hear the word "YES" come out of my mouth before she receives a treat?

I?ll give you an example:
When she?s comfortably relaxing in front of the fireplace, and I don?t want her to move, I want to praise her state of mind in that moment she?s relaxed, so can I approach her and say ?good relax? and give her a treat. Or just give it to her without saying anything?

Please advise.

Thanks

A. Sure, you can give her a treat without saying yes. I would say GOOD, in that situation. This way you are reinforcing the value of the word GOOD.

Good simply means: I like what you are doing, keep doing it. When I say Yes, I want my dog to break out of position with energy to access the reward.

I believe the food video covers this ~ The Power of Training with Food.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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