Well, using cheese as a treat actually came from a thread by Slamdunc!
I was reading about how he was training his K9 dog to get into the car, and he was using cheese as a lure.
At the time, I was searching for a very attractive treat (Rumo had a hard time paying attention to me in obedience class with 5 other dogs nearby) so I tried bringing little pieces of cheese to class to "up" his attention to me.
He does love the stuff!
But if training, we only go through half a slice or a slice, cut into little pieces..not huge amounts. :-)
It's been over a year now, and he has really smoothed out all of his behavior kinks. This morning we went for a walk with a neighbor and her basset hound...our walks are peaceful and quiet now.
The basset hound was very funny.
We passed a person walking to the bus stop, who stopped to say Hi, and the basset hound carefully sniffed both of her shoes. And I thought Rumo had a nose obsession!!
Rumo ~ rescue shepherd/husky mix