But My Dog Is Not Food-Motivated
When clients say “But my dog isn’t food-motivated,” my response is “not yet.” Eating is an operant behavior. Therefore, we can often increase its probability and intensity and lower its latency through structured training procedures. While this might seem laughable if you have a ravenous Rottweiler or always-hungry hound, situations that require skilled intervention abound: a senior dog whose appetite is fading; a wary dog who has learned to distrust treats; a little dog fussy about meals; or a dog whose health is threatened by conditioned anorexia. While various medical conditions (requiring veterinary expertise) may create finicky eaters, so can unwise behavioral practices. We’ll review several common mistakes and provide alternatives.
Please note: This Session was recorded in 2018; content presented in 2019 may vary slightly.