All right, Faeden will be graduating from beginner's obedience class next week. He does everything very well, as long as I have a treat in my hand. But, when I tell him to do something with out the treat, he looks at me like I am a moron. So my question is, how do I get him to do the commands without a treat?
I am so glad someone else is having that problem...lol...my dog sees me going for the treats and comes and sits at my feet and will obey whatever command I give him. If no treats..well he will do the first thing I tell him and then when he realizes no treats he gives me the "are you kidding me" look and thats the end of the good puppy!
In my experience it just takes time. I more or less weened them off the treats to a good belly rub and then to just everyday life. I do treats once in a while and go over the basics.
Blaze will crack me up she will be doing something wrong and I say "BLAZE COME, she will come over to me and sit and want to shake my hand." and talk that rrrooowwww to me. Like the Huskies do. Man that dog knows what she is doing. LOL She ends up with a big hug and kiss.
The dog is not stubborn, And this is a handler error, not a fault in the dog. When you taught the dog intially the treat was used a bribe, not a paycheck. So, the dog learned somewhere that if the treat is not present of visible. No treat will come for performing. The dog is perfectly obedient to the laws of learning.
We have to teach the dog to learn different.
Try this. keep treats in your pockety, around the house...the more access the better.
Now we will re-teach sit. Every time your dog sits, say the word okay. and treat. Soon the dog will learn that after "okay" a treat follows. Once the dog has this, and starts offering sit more. You can put a command to sit. Say sit....when the dog sits. and then say okay...wait a few seconds ( this is important, or the dog will break the sit when you move your hand). then treat. It is acceptable for the dog to move after the "okay" but nothing else. okay means what you did right now was perfect, and here is a paycheck, you can stop now.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."