I didn't know if having them with me at all times would make her really work for it when we were out and teach her that when I am out with her she should be working for the treat and then phase them out later. DOes this make sense???
I personally wouldn't bring them with me at all times because that's just too many treats for a dog. I think there is a limit as too how man treats to give a dog, I remember reading that somewhere. I taught my dog to sit, shake and lay down. Now i tell him to shake and he just goes ahead and does it all in one. Now i cant make him just do 1 of the things I taught him. He does all 3!
Well, I have an english bulldog, and you know how stubborn they can be with training and stuff..well, I phased out the treats. But I like to surprise him, like sometimes telling him to come, and he doesn't know that I have a treat, and then giving him the treat as a reward. But I don't need treats for him to listen now. That took about 2months.
I used to do this, but then I think my puppy had to many treats because he didn't want to eat his food. He also had loose bowels with me giving him to many treats. Ohh, and really bad gas! I do not use as many treats as I previously did, but it keeps him wondering when he will get one. He still listens to commands even though he does not see the treats. I use the treats sporadically, and it seems to work better for me and my dogs.
when you are starting training her you want to provide treats. if you are concerned about giving too many treats and her not eating her dog food then use her dry food kibble as the treat. after she has mastered her commands you can start alternating giving and not giving the treats to keep her on her toes. except for my stinky girl who seems to know when i don't have any treats and then won't do anything. though not always. sometimes i can trick her but not often!!!
When training with treats, what you should do is decrease the frequency in which the dog gets the treat. For example, when you are first doing it... If the dog accomplishes the task you wish it to (sit, come, stay) then reward with a treat every time. After a while only reward with a treat every other time [but dont forget to praise (not pet) your dog]. Eventually after the every other time just make it random. Always praising though. Once you start doing it randomly, the treat becomes much more "special."