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Why Treats Should Never Be Used to Train the Service Dog

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When using a treat as an influencing agent and connecting it to a task it becomes an associative or secondary scent that is connected with the primary, or target, scent. Unlike the cross track the associative scent has been purposely reinforced and connected to both the task and primary scent. The path a dog's mind takes as it aligns with an associative, or secondary scent, can be seen within the tracking model with human scent being the primary and vegetative scent being the secondary. When treats are placed directly onto the track with the goal of using them as a reinforcement they become part of the scent picture. Within the dog's mind they become a secondary scent and connected to the primary scent and the track. While many would argue that removing them,once they have served their purpose, also removes them from the dog's psych this simply is not the case. Once an association has been established via the conditioning and learning based process it remains. Further how the treats are used with being directly placed on the track links them as a secondary scent source.

As the human scent diminishes the dog will follow the secondary scent. The higher the level of meaningful influence the handler has via the lead pack role the less pull this associative scent has. Once this association has been established via conditioning the potential always exists that the dog's mind will target and indicate on the secondary scent. The level the associated scent fades into the background of the dog's psych is dependent on the role changing process. The level it goes into the background corresponds to the level of influence the handler has within pack. The amount of influence the handler has established via the role changing process determines how fast this break down can happen. The alignment of the pack roles directly impacts the dog's level of focus on the track. A dog's mind pivots off these interconnected roles. The level of overall power and influence the dog has gained through the roles impacts every interaction and moment. The more power the dog is holding through the roles the more risk of the mind separating from the primary scent and hitting on the associative scent. This corresponds to the strength of the primary scent. As the primary scent begins to erode and diminish the potential for the dog to target the secondary scent increases. It can be compared to two train tracks intersecting at a certain point. Although it will fade into the background and psych of the dog's mind it will always remain as a potential problem both on the streets and in the court room.

By Dale McCluskey

This system of training goes beyond the surface to create meaningful and lasting results for dogs and owners.

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