“Show your dog what you want him to do” is a great rule to follow for effective training. Luring is one fun method of teaching your dog what you want him to do.
Keys to successful luring:
– move your hand slowly enough that the dog’s nose can stay glued to your hand.
-at the beginning, ask for very little movement from your dog with your hand before you treat. For some dogs, just getting close to your hand and keeping their nose there will be a challenge. Be patient.
-use your marker (click or “yes”) to let the dog know what you liked.
-work when the dog is hungry and use good treats.
In this video you can see the beginnings of lots of good and useful behaviors: sit, down, spin, walking behind you into heel position at left, and finishing into heel position at your left side.