What Is Luring?
Lure is a term used to refer to any type of behavior or action which attracts another animal into your possession. A good example would be a bird landing on your hand when you hold it close to your face. The word “lure” comes from the Latin lucere, meaning “to catch”. Other words such as “caught”, “attract”, and even “catch” are sometimes used, but they all mean the same thing.
The best way to understand lure is to think about it like this: If I were holding a piece of candy in my hand and you walked up behind me with a piece of gum, I wouldn’t say “Oh! You’re so sweet!” because the two actions have nothing in common. They both involve a physical contact between us, but there’s no emotional connection at all.
So how do we know if something is a lure? Well, the answer is simple: If I were to put the gum in your mouth and then take out the candy, would you still want to eat it?
Of course not! That’s just silly.
So, what does lure really mean?
It means that something draws another animal towards its owner. In the case of lure training, it’s when an animal is drawn towards an item (often food) and is trained to perform a specific action upon seeing or hearing it.
Lure Training: What Is Luring?
Traditionally speaking, lure training is done by using a long stick with a piece of meat or other delicious food dangling from it. When the animal lunges for the food, they end up pulling on a string in your hand. Because they’re now attached to the string, you are able to get them exactly where you want them. It’s an incredibly simple concept that works with any and every animal. So, the next time you’re at the pet store or out in nature, remember to keep an eye out for any luring techniques that might be taking place. The world really is full of animal trainers!
Sources & references used in this article:
Animal attractant, repellant and training scent product and method by TJ Reichert – US Patent 6,531,145, 2003 – Google Patents
Training collar-sensed gestures for canine communication by J Alcaidinho, G Valentin, GD Abowd… – Proceedings of the Third …, 2016 – dl.acm.org
The thinking dog: Crossover to clicker training by GT Fisher – 2009 – books.google.com