When you give treats, how do you hold the treat?
Dropping the treat is ok to start with. The thing is eye contact. When you are staring at the dog to see if he is going to bite your fingers off, he thinks you are challenging him. He wants the treat, but he is afraid you are going to clobber him. So, he might snatch and run, and he may growl out of fear/frustration.
When you offer a treat, open it in your open palm and avert your eyes. Do not look at the dog. Say quietly, "Take It, Gentle."
If you offer it between your finger and thumb, you are presenting a lot of finger to be taken. with an open palm, the dog will have to come from the top, and take it nicely.
As you and he get good at this, you can begin to make it a little more difficult by putting a thumb on the treat and saying "Take it, Gentle" and he needs to work it out of there, but gently.
Start with no eye contact, and as you progress start to have some eye contact.
Once he will take it from you when you are looking at him, it is time to try a different game:
Get a really good treat, hamberger, hotdog, steak, cheese. Cut it in small pieces and put half in each fist. Hold those closed fists out 180 degrees parallel to the ground. Let him know you have good stuff in there, but do not open your fist. When he looks at your face, open the fist nearest his nose and say, "Good Look." When he gets this, start telling him "LOOK" and if he looks at your face, then give him a treat.
He needs to know good things come from you, but on your terms, not on his.
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