Food rewards and the nice marker
Some trainers use a clicker as a "mark." Guide Dog Puppy trainers use the word "nice."
This article talks about when to use treats and when to use the marker, "nice."
These behaviors earn a puppy a food reward, but we do not mark them with the word nice.
- Calm behavior. The word nice activates puppy brains. When the pup is being calm, we don't want to activate the pup.
- Food Induced Recall (FIR)
- Putting on the head collar (Gentle Leader, Halti)
- Relieving (You may give at first as needed. Give kibble at voiding finish. It's appropriate at any age.)
- Crate training
These behaviors get a food reward WITH a mark, "nice."
- "Go to bed" training sessions
- Loose leash walking
- Ignoring or resisting the temptation of distractions
- Ground tether (under four months) and Hand tether (over four months)
We do not mark or deliver food rewards for these behaviors.
- Foundation exercises such as sit, down, stand, or stay
- Grooming and handling