I've read several books by various trainers. Some say to give treats to reinforce responses while training and also frequently throughout the dog's life to continue rewarding good responses. Others say that the human voice should be enough reward and not to use treats. What should I do? If I use treats, how often should I give them? For the past few weeks, while working on obedience commands, I have given treats almost 100% of the time. Now, she expects them and keeps looking at the jar of treats which I keep on top of a shelf. Thanks for your input.
I've been working with Dollar and his manners. I usually start with a few treats just to get his attention, then I'll eliminate the treats, and reward him with a high pitched happy voice lol. He seems to do well with this. It really all depends on the dog. Some dogs are more treat motivated than others. Do what works for you.
i found with my lab she got to where she didn't want to obey unless she saw i had a treat. with her (and all my dogs now) i've switched to random treating, and lots of praise and affection for reward, ear scratches and so on. i'll have treats in my hand or pocket, or i use a little fanny pack too with treats around my waist, and use the food randomly. works like a charm.
I have always started out teaching a command with treats. Once the dog knows exactly what I want I start rewarding only a perfect response. Once I'm having consistant success then I use treats spareingly (sp).
The trick to training is figuring out what motivates your dog and use it to your advantage.
I've always used praise, happy voice, and petting first and thrown in an occasional treat. You've already experienced what happens when you use them all the time - the dog begins to expect payment for everything it does and decides it does not have to obey if there is no treat. This can be really bad in an emergency when you need the dog to be obedient like if it ever is at risk of running into a busy street or is about to eat something tasty but dangerous and your box of treats is not handy.