What do you do if your dog isn't food motivated when you are trying to do a training session?
- If you choose a toy that your dog really loves, they can be so focused on the toy that they don't want to do anything else but play. This is very similar to the same problem Cam had in the video in my Food Motivation post.
- Sometimes the game you use for reinforcement takes so long that getting in multiple repetitions of the new skill you are trying to teach becomes problematic. You may end up with get 10 minutes of play and only 1-2 minutes of actual training accomplished in your session.
- What do you do, if your in a place where you want to have reinforcement available and you don't have your dog's favorite toy? Sure you can try to always carry a tug toy or ball with you, but sooner or later you are going to be somewhere with out that toy.
- Another common problem with toy motivation is that it may work really well in medium level distraction environments, but not work at all in high distraction environments. Azul loves tug and I can play in multiple environments successfully, but a tug toy is not more interesting to Azul then watching another dog that comes into our environment unexpectedly as dogs hold a higher reinforcement value to him.