Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
If you're having problems with him depending on treats being present, then he doesn't fully understand the commands and isn't proofed in them, so I would be rewarding each time, just not with treats present. Have them in your pocket, hand signal with and empty had for a sit, mark and pull a treat out. Same for down. Do this 10 or so times, then only reward every other time. Then start rewarding for each command vary irregularly, so that he never knows when it is coming!
don't get into the habit of always asking for something harder without a reward, or only rewarding certain commands and not others when you're still proofing them all.
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