As a positive reinforcement dog trainer in Switzerland, I am often confronted by clients who
(for various reasons) don’t wish to train with treats or toys. One of the arguments has been
that these are not allowed in the competition ring.
Since I personally do not /have never competed in any dog sports, I didn’t have a good
answer for such people but found that trying to help them prepare their dogs for agility or
obedience without these reinforcements was a tedious process (at least for me and for the
I was just on the verge of sending clients with competition aspirations elsewhere to get
their dogs trained, when I came upon your DVD titled “But I can’t take the Treats and
Toys into the Ring!”
NOW I know that my instincts were right, AND I have the knowledge and arguments to
Your seminar presentation and organization of activities was clear and well-structured
building step by step on how and why strongly reinforcing the individual training steps
leads successfully building longer and longer chains of behavior.
I particularly enjoyed the people clicking people for “agility” tasks, making things VERY
clear for everyone involved how important clear planning and timing is, and practicing this
BEFORE adding in the dogs.
When the dogs were brought out, it was very interesting to see how you recommended
dealing certain dogs that were too distracted or nervous to work and how much progress
they were able to attain when the training expectations and positions were adjusted.
Overall a BRILLIANT seminar that successfully refutes all the arguments for not
using treats and toys in training!