Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Well, it depends on how you use the click. Is the click also her "release" or do you have a separate release? If the click doubles as the release (how I do it), then when I click, that means the dog can break position. In which case, yes, I just toss the treats. If the dog knows how to catch the treat in mid air, you can do that too. If the click is not her release, then you can give her her reward in front of her while she is still holding her down stay. It's a good way to reinforce the correct position anyway. And then away from that I would work with her on taking the treat nicely.
BTW, how are you holding the treat when you give it to her? Don't hold the treat out. Jam the treat between your thumb and index finger, turn your palm towards the dog, make a slight cup with your hand and let the dog come in your hand to take the treat. When the dog is being polite and good, open your thumb and let the dog get it. It's a lot safer then sticking your fingers out at the dog and hope she does not bite them!