a. Something that tempts or attracts with the promise of pleasure or reward: the lure of the open road.
b. An attraction or appeal: Living on the ocean has a lure for many retirees.
2. A decoy used in catching animals, especially an artificial bait used in catching fish.
3. A bunch of feathers attached to a long cord, used in falconry to recall the hawk.
tr.v. lured, lur·ing, lures

  1. To attract or entice, especially by wiles or temptation:

According to Ian Dunbar:

"All you need to train your puppy is the inclination, a few sparks in your brain, a couple of pieces of kibble in your hand, and...the puppy. So, enough said — let's get going. Ask your pup whether it is ready to proceed by moving a food lure up and down in front of his nose. If your puppy nods in agreement, you're off and running."

Mr Dunbar uses kibble and that's all fine and you can usually get a puppy or a really motivated dog to work for kibble, but my dogs are spoiled by being fed raw and think kibble is on par with dirt. So I use "treats" generally Natural Balance food rolls cut up into little bits. Natural Balance is dog food but I'm assuming tastes a lot better then kibble as I haven't found very many dogs that dislike it.


When using this method of training, there are a few rules

A lure is presented before a desired behavior. It is an enticement to either follow the lure to get to the desired position or for the dog to do a previously learned behavior that isn't on stimulus control yet.

A lure helps teach the behavior and the meaning of the cues that signal that behavior. Because of this, the cues come first, before the behavior is learned unlike the marker methods. This is based on the fact that the dog has no clue what we want him to do or what the sounds or body movements that come from us mean. The lure shows the dog the path he is to take to do the behavior. The path helps the dog choose the right movements. This works whether the dog is willing to offer behavior or not. Over the top enthusiasm or offering 20 behaviors in 3 seconds doesn't affect the response to the lure. So the dog learns what is being asked for and that all the other movements aren't needed right now.

Just like with marker methods of training, luring can be used to teach progressive approximations to a complicated behavior like "around" as well as a simple one movement behavior like "sit". With luring you can break a behavior down into simple movements, lure each movement, rewarding at the completion of each part and continuing in a smooth progression to the finish. The "chain" of movements is learned fast and smoothly.

In Training

Standard Parkour



Jumpers Parkour

Creative Parkour