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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-12-2014, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Only executing command for treat

I have just started my pup in training class and they are using the clicker method. I am new to clicker training. My issue is my pup is so treat driven (and so smart) that as soon as I start the training, they follow me everywhere, anticipating the next command so as to get the treat. I am not sure if they are really learning the command. I feel they are performing strictly for the treat. When I test them later in the day without treats, they don't execute.
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Decrease the frequency between treats ......first time treat for reward with praise...second time, praise only....third time treat and praise....develop this until you might only be rewarding with treats once ever so often but continue with praise every time.

You might also create a word or attitude just before a training session to let the dog know it's training time. Dogs seem to learn certain words so quickly knowing what they will lead to....I say "ball" or "frisbee" to my dog while we are inside and the dog knows exactly what is next....I'm sure you have seen this when words such as "walk" or "food/hungry" are used.....they get a bit jacked up before the event...I do the same before each training session...."ya ready to train?".


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how long have you been teaching the command? are you sure that they know the command?

keep treats on you - sometimes lure with the treat, sometime just with an empty hand. treat as soon as you click. Over time, you slowly expect more before you click/treat. if you are just starting, though, it's too early too worry about them working only for treats
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How old is your puppy? Also, how long have you been training certain commands. Titan is 4 yrs.. and still after about 2 weeks training a new command, he still sometimes wont' do it without the reward.. sometimes it just takes time.


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My pup is 4 months old and we just started training
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Great link to look at is --->

As well as all the other things you should be working on -->

ESPECIALLY with puppies, it's TONS of treats/tugging/fun. Because the most important thing is our puppies attitude and learning to LOVE to learn.

The LEAST important thing for our puppies to learn is the 'obedience' and behavior we are trying to teach.

Which sounds funny but the fact is, that if you have a crazy puppy who can't wait to learn and learn from YOU, you can teach them anything!!!!!!

Go too fast, require too much, too soon and suck the fun out of learning... you are in big trouble down the line

Good luck! And work on all that 'engagement' stuff!


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