Our second mission is the low arousal lure. It means that the dog is supposed to focus on a treat (that is removed later on). I have often used this way of attaining a behaviour. But it is all in the details and I normally make my dogs follow the treat very closely to get precision. This time it’s supposed to be a few centimeters between the lure and the dogs nose.
I have used the tight lure because I found it easier to be exact in catching very small movements of the head (which can in turn make the dog turn the whole body). However, I realise that this precision can also be attained even with the gap by being very consistent in the dogs movement towards the treat. It has to always look exactly at it, and if it looks away slightly, I will restart the trial.
I think that this might be hard for trainers that are not used to being very consistent. I have found that most people accept that the dog looks away, gets ahead or just focus on the side. So it might be a challenge to make my students do this.
I find it interesting that the details are important for the continuation of building a behaviour chain.
Here is a video of my normal lure, that I now call the ”Tight lure”.
Underneath you will find a list of pros and cons that I can think of with the different techniques.