Food Bribes

A new client asked me the following question this weekend.  “Isn’t clicker training just using food bribes?”.

A bribe is when you have to pay someone before they get the job done. Not too long ago there was a county corruption scandal in my area. The local politician had received a free deck or some such thing before a company could get a contract with the county.

On the other hand, when you go to work you perform a job each and every day. You do this knowing that at the end of a certain time period you will receive a paycheck. You do the job first and then receive the pay.

Using a clicker or a marker simply signals to the dog that they are going to get paid for a job well done. Unlike food bribes, the task has to be completed before being paid.

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