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Being at home and up at night with a sick dog I have had time to re-watch the Lardy tapes. In the epilogue on the Total Retriever Training Lardy makes some very good comments after relating stories of great field trial dogs, Topbrass Cotton being one of them. He makes it clear that those stories were not stories of high performance dogs that were intimidated and were performing due to coercive training procedures. He even quotes a lady stating - "A dog does not retrieve for me, she can only retrieve with me, it is a mentor relationship". He goes on to state that a trusted counselor will treat a dog with respect, monitor their needs and health, never correct in anger or with malice....
Many amateurs should take a couple hours and watch or re-watch those tapes.
With that said, I rarely use treats, in the beginning with a puppy, yes but afterwards that turns into praise and play and then later in the field, the retrieve itself becomes the reward. With time they become sophisticated enough to know when they did a good job and that in itself is a reward.
Rose Bud - Golden Retriever (June 2012)
Darcy Bud - Flat Coated Retriever (June 2009)
Belle Bud - Golden Retriever (December 2014)