Originally Posted By: Chris WildYou shouldn't just be rewarding with a treat *at the end of the session* but using treats along with praise as motivators and rewards throughout the session.
Absolutely, I missed that part in your post, that she's only working for praise. I use LOTS of treats in early puppy training, and I've never had one that wasn't happy and enthusiastic to work with me. You definitely DO want to also use praise, but by pairing it with something the dog wants - food, play, affection, the praise means something. Otherwise it's just words.
How is your demeanor during training? Are you happy and upbeat? Are you having fun? If not, it makes sense that training is a chore for your dog too. When I bring home a new puppy (I currently have one who is 14 weeks old - check out my picture thread of her puppy class) I wear my treat bag from the time I get home from work until bedtime so I'm ready to mark and reward behavior I want to encourage. Right now our class wants us to feed all their meals during training, nothing out of a bowl. I'm not doing that exclusively, but her lunch is entirely doled out as training treats and most of her dinner, so she's working for much of her daily food. She gets breakfast out of her bowl because I don't have time to do a training session before work, but I make her work for that too by putting the bowl on the floor and having her hold a sit and make eye contact until released to eat. And she's LOVING it!!!
BTW, if you're having trouble remembering your homework each week, take a notebook with you to class and take notes on each exercise. Some classes give handouts at the end of each day, which is nice, or email out a summary of the week's tasks, but many don't, so take it upon yourself to write it down so you'll remember. Is the trainer suggesting that you only use praise to reward your puppy? If so, this would trouble me, and I'd find another class.