Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
What about toys? Is there a special toy that he loves that he will work for?
Having a food driven dog isn't bad in any way; you've found something that he's willing to work for. But you can build up other drives to compensate for when you don't have food, he's pretty young to really understand and respond to praise so it doesn't really surprise me it's not effective yet. Delgado was a 'show me the money' pup from the start but by 5 months he would work consistently without treats or toys, just praise.
It's a combination of switching up rewards and timing, one thing I had to learn with praise was when you start you REALLY have to make it a huge party. High excited voice, a mini wrestling session, whatever makes your dog just wiggle with excitement using just your voice and body. That's how you build the value of praise
One last note, if I noticed Delgado was getting flat I knew it was time to stop and try again later. Obedience should always be fun and engaging, otherwise it’s just a chore and the dog just gets bored and expects boredom. Both are counterintuitive
Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
Loker Delgado Von Stalworth - Male GSD - born Jan 26, 2012
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