In dog training, we can divide all behaviors into two groups:
Communicating the concept of a duration behavior can be challenging. When we first teach a new behavior, our dog has no way to know whether it is a one-time behavior or not. In his mind, “sit” may just as well mean “sit for 1 second”). They do not come with a pre-programmed understanding of which positions to hold and which not. We need to explain to them when to add duration.
A popular and straight-forward approach is to feed a dog in a position (for example the sit) for which we want duration. This is very easy and successful as it builds a lot of value for the position, as well as makes it less appealing to leave it – why get up when it really pays off to stay sitting?
We only run into a problem once we cannot feed in the position – either because our distance to the dog is too big, or because the dog cannot eat while performing the behavior. This last case is when most owners first run into the challenge of adding duration: Training their dog to hold an item in their mouth.
Obviously, eating while also holding a dumbbell is impossible. We need to come up with a new way to build duration in training, and here it is:
In reverse luring, we first teach our dog the concept us showing them to hold a position, then we utilize this concept for whichever duration behavior we chose.
(It’s luring “in reverse” – instead of making our dog move by luring them with a piece of food, we make our dog hold still)
Here is how we train it:
Here is a video to show you how I did it: