We want to fade food lures into hand signals quickly, otherwise your puppy will become “lure dependent.” We do not want to remove rewards, this is very important, however, we want our dogs to respond as reliably as possible to hand signals and verbal cues which are FOLLOWED by food rewards.
This system was created by Jean Donaldson, world renowned dog behavior specialist. She founded and facilitates the Academy for Dog Trainers, the Harvard for those wanting to teach dogs and people.
This system will tell you when to fade lures.
If we are fading a food lure and adding a hand signal we would want 5 correct responses to the food lure before we remove it.