I’m starting to teach my 9 week old how to sit, lay down, come, etc. but how many treats a day is too many? If we train for 5 minutes that’s like 10 treats and I usually stop then but what is recommended?
That is certainly an option. You also don't *need* to use toys to train. But many dogs will work more enthusiastically for tangible rewards such as food or toys, in addition to praise, than they will for just praise alone.My comment was to imply you don't really need treats to train.
The clicker is just a tool. It replaces a marker word, I use Yes!. So I tell Shadow to "look at me" she does and I say Yes! and give her a treat.Op here again. The only thing I want to try not to train with is a “clicker” thing. I’m not sure the name of it but I’d like my puppy to do things strictly on my voice command and not a clicker
Without going into the weeds too much, you can make them dependent on almost anything from the clicker to the way you scratch your head. You have to phase out the food too, but phase out doesn't mean eliminate. You create an expectation of reward, and the reward comes in an expected manner when it does. Like in heeling, correct position will result in the reward coming from above and in line with the left side of your body. Recall, the reward will come from directly in front of you. Its reliable for him, so he does what produced it that way.Okay sorry I’m a newb this is my first dog! So even if I want to train for ipo someday I should use the clicker to learn things? I thought it would be hard to phase out the clicker but I must be wrong yes?