I wish I could count the number of times that people ask me if it’s OK to use food as a reward.  And on the chat lines and forums the same question is brought up all the time. . . .is it OK to train with food?  If you watch the forums you will see that as soon as the question is asked, so-called experts immediately give their answers.  … BUT do they understand the CORRECT  way to use food?  Are you going to use food to teach the dog that he gets food for giving the correct behavior or are you creating a monster who begs for food, drools all over you, and still obeys only part of the time?

Susan Pilkerton, the lady in the clips below, is one of the top obedience instructors in America and an outstanding expert in the use of food to teach commands and get the behavior she wants from a dog.  In fact she has 5 dogs in the Golden Retriever Obedience Hall of Fame. So she knows what she’s talking about.

Izzy, the 14 week old Jack Russell in the clips, is a tiny Star, who at first was so wiggly that you couldn’t hang on to her.  Now, she’s on her way to being a good little citizen.

Anyway, food is a great tool if it’s used the right way.