The Problem With Bribes

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:48

 In the context of dog training, the difference between a bribe and a reward is that with a bribe, the payment comes before the behavior, with a reward, the payment comes after the behavior. With a certain amount of levity I have elsewhere suggested that we don’t bribe dogs for the same reason we don’t bribe people – because then they own you. On a more serious note, bribing a dog as a management technique can have genuinely terrible consequences.