How to Fade a Lure
Most people who get into +R or clicker training begin by using a lure. Training with a lure is a great starting place, because it’s fairly forgiving of poor mechanical skills by the human, and doesn’t require much independent thought by the dog. (This makes it very easy for new trainers and dogs to get quick results!) Unfortunately, luring has a few drawbacks, and the main one is dogs becoming dependent on the lure. Lure-dependent dogs won’t or can’t preform without food directly in front of them, which greatly limits the usefulness of learned behaviours. I’m going to discuss a few ways to solve lure-dependence, but please keep in mind that not every technique will work for every dog. You may need to try several techniques before finding one that will work for your team.