If a dog that is normally responsive to food treats becomes so stimulated or distracted or anxious that he/she refuses the treat, it might be because the competing stimulus is too strong. If so, this would indicate the need to back off and end the training session for the time being. Go back to it when things calm down -- some dogs need a great amount of patience and baby steps to be able to focus on a training session in the presence of distractions. Rushing them actually slows down progress. On the other hand, if your dog is refusing treat rewards of various types on a more regular basis, maybe another type of reward is being called for. My Rottie waits with baited breath for either a treat OR the chance to play tug of war for a few seconds -- she never knows which reward she will get, and it makes things more interesting for her. My GSD is not particularly food motivated: some days yes, other days she could care less what treat is in my hand. She is primarily motivated by her ball or her dumbell: a quick time out to throw the ball for her is much more motivating and rewarding for her than chicken, liver, hot dogs, cheese, etc. Good Luck!
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