Recently I've been noticing that Arya isn't food motivated like I originally thought, but praise motivated. Today I actually tried an entire training session using nothing but praise, and she did at least twice as well as she does when I normally work with her. She does love food, and good high value treats are still used when training something new, because they are a lot easier to use as "yup, good job", but for things she knows already and we're just working on, or even in conjuction with food, that excited praise and loving on her is really what she craves so desperately.
Just wondering if others have a very praise motivated dog. I know they're out there, just thought it wasn't as common in shepherds.
(granted, my girl is a GSD mix, but yeah...