No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
I do pretty much what you're doing, except I don't worry about stay at that age. I do some other things, like work on focus and teach hand targeting ("touch") and "find it", meaning to look on the floor for a treat. All three of these attention directing exercises can be built on in so many ways that for me they're essential foundations. I have never had a puppy brain explode yet!
Do not worry about "bribing" your puppy - hopefully you're rewarding her not bribing her anyway (yes, there is a difference!), and until she's solid at a given command under all circumstances you don't want to phase out the reward. Dogs learn situationally and don't generalize well, so when she can sit on cue in your house, your backyard, at the vet's office, in the car, when she's in front of you or at your side in heel position, with you standing, sitting in a chair or on the couch or the floor or laying in bed, then she doesn't really "know" the command yet. You would also go to a random reinforcement schedule rather than rewarding every single time and then stopping cold turkey. The older and more well established a behavior, the lower the reinforcement schedule, the newer and more challenging, the higher the reinforcement schedule.
Are you using the clicker to capture behaviors she's offering up without being cued? I do a ton of that, especially with focus - the more you reward her for looking at you, the stronger that default attention will become.
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