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    We just minded a 6yo lab for the weekend. Now Banjo is happy to work for treats, though I've often thought she sees them almost as another marker and my approval is kind of a stronger motivator. But anywho, treats do work with her.

    But now I've seen REAL food drive. This lab doesn't eat her food, she hoovers it up! Finishes a full bowl in like 2 seconds.

    Even though she is used to being walked off lead, she completely ignored me the first time I let her off outside. So I started at the basics and called her as she was already coming towards me and treated her. And ouch my fingers! I didn't have the time to teach her to take treats gently first and she was like a bloody piranha!

    But it's always such a shame to see that owners don't really take advantage of a drive like that. She's well behaved and a lovely dog but I know that especially her female owner struggles to control her off leash, so tends to drive to 'safe' places to walk her only.

    I only had time to get to the recall with no or very low distractions stage, but I know it wouldn't take long to get near perfect recall with this dog at all if you use food rewards.
    Last edited by Beloz; 09-10-2012 at 08:34 PM.

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    Now that is a useful drive for training. As I read this post i realised why my previous dogs ( all lab mixes) were so easy to train. Mags is not fussed about food and would rather have a stick, a ball or another dog any day. Which means when we go out just about everything else is a distraction!

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    My previous dog wasn't very food motivated and had a very strong prey drive. A trainer once told me to reward her with a game of tug (but she wasn't interested in toys at all!) or by allowing her to chase something even. As in, reward her for coming instead of chasing the rabbit by allowing her to chase the rabbit.

    I once read an article in which they used a technique with 2 balls to train recall for dogs with strong prey drive.

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    When i started Shutzhund training with Bernie as a pup, i had to build food drive. We went from "nah thanks" to having to wear metal gloves when dispensing his treats coz it was winter and my fingers were being mauled.

    I have used 'swap' method to train prey drive. prevents keep away tactics very nicely indeed.
    And whilst bernie is not really food driven, he'll sit first, and get my eye contact at feed time. He gets the release, and then walks off if its just dull food. Get out my metal gloves, and he's pushing me for reward and biting at my fingers again.
    Bless.
    No bloody way am i playing build food drive again!

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    I know labs who are not interested in food exist - there's a line of them here somewhere.

    But I haven't met any. And it does make me wonder how owners can be so crap at training when there is such an easy way to reward the dog.

    Of course some dog club instructors have a lot to answer for. One - who I like a lot but can't understand why he told someone off for rewarding her 9mo dog with food for holding a sit stay in the face of nearby magpies on the ground, and dogs running and barking everywhere (dog clubs). ARGGHHH.

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    Ive got excellent food drive too
    mediocre pack drive right now lol
    zilch prey drive

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