We recently introduced Archie to the Treat and Train, a treat dispensing device that can work at a distance by remote control. Although it works up to 30 metres away, we stayed at close quarters during this session in order to aclimatise Archie with the machine.
It works on the same principle as clicker training, where the first step is to click and treat your dog ‘unprompted’ to cement the connection between the clicking sound and the treat/reward. This link between the click and the treat is paramount to the success of clicker training, and so it is with the Treat and Train. The only difference is that the Treat and Train beeps rather than clicks, but that’s a minor point provided you follow the same preliminary steps.
Archie does like to play games like this, so after a while we moved on to some basic targeting with a target stick. It isn’t advisable to move on too quickly in a session, and in most circumstances we would have left it with the Treat and Train only (ending on an high point), but he was happy enough to have a go.
See how we got on…