Frogs & Dogs Posted February 27, 2012 Report Share Posted February 27, 2012 I've been watching handlers at trials and classes to see how often they reward their dogs. Do you reward your dog after every run no matter what? What about at a trial? Do you ever stop and reward during a run? Only if training a specific skill? Is the opportunity to continue the run its own reward? Do you do anything else before rewarding? Does your dog know when he's earned a reward? From what I've observed, I think the handlers I've witnessed are generally under-rewarding. That said, I've stopped rewarding for every single run. In particular, if Kit disconnects from me on course (sniffing), she loses her reward. I rarely see this in class, and it is becoming less frequent at trials, meaning that she is still getting rewarded for at least 90% of her runs, even in trials. I will occasionally reward during a run in class, usually at natural stopping points such as on contacts and the table. After a great run, Kit will immediately turn back to me and let out this adorable excitement growl/bark. It's not aggressive in the least - just her way of expressing her excitement (she knows I'm about to throw a big party). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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