Hope people don't skip over this because therz lotz of wordz! Excellent post!What a smart puppy and loving all the great work you've done with so many commands. Great job.
And while it's wonderful that she knows the commands and will do them without rewards....
In the end, it's not about what they know.
It's their enthusiasm and wanting to interact/learn/and continue to do so well.
The WIILLINGNESS and ENTHUSIASM are what the treats are for. They aren't a bribe. Or us giving in when 'they should do it cause I said so'. It's to keep their drive and enthusiasm for learning.
See how your pup keeps kind of backing away and looking at you? Compare that to this puppy who's also learning and listening but getting tons of frequent treats...
Using treats is a GREAT AND WONDERFUL THING. All the best and most famous trainers use them. THEY WORK! So if it works for my puppy. And just means I need to be a bit more organized when training so I have the treats ready, then it's worth the effort for me to use them (and a toy) to keep my crazy happy puppy who loves to learn naturally......CONTINUE to be a crazy happy adult dog that loves to learn.
Because once you have a crazy happy puppy/dog that loves to learn you can teach them ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!
:thumbup:I do use treats with her, this was actually my first try with out them, just wanted to see how she would do.
Watch the video again..and maybe it's not so much a 'backing away' as a NOT being with/on top of/skin to fur cause the puppy is so eager..... that I'm talking about.I didn't see her backing away at all, and it appeared she was very interested in learning the tricks.