What is Lure/Reward Training?

Lure/Reward training is used frequently when training pet dogs (and in other areas of training as well). In dog training and puppy training and obedience at The Joyful Dog, it is just about the first thing you will learn about and practice. Why? Because it’s simple, fast, & fun!

Lure: Showing your dog what you want it to do.
Reward: Giving your dog something it finds value in when it does it.


The lures & rewards change over the timeline of the learning process. Lures may start as a hand with food directing the dog into a sit (lure) & then receiving the food (reward). They will progress to a verbal cue (in place of the food lure) & then a “Good Girl” in place of the food reward.

While there are steps in between, the process of learning can be that simple and quick. It’s imperative to move away from food lures quickly as giving them for too long may inadvertently lead to your dog seeing food as more of a bribe; so they will only complete the behaviour if they then receive a treat. This is something to be avoided!

So, while initially you will use food to show your dog what behaviour you want..you will not need to carry treats 24/7/365.

Jamie @ The Joyful Dog

One comment

  1. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post!
    It is the little changes that produce the greatest
    changes. Thanks for sharing!

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