Does your dog rely on seeing treats to perform anything for you? Does he only listen when you show him a piece of food?
Well this is one of the most common issues I have seen with my clients. They lure their dog into doing several tricks with the treat but seem to miss the part where they are supposed to fade the treat out. It’s extremely important to fade out your luring by using hand signals and then eventually fade out the treats completely. Here is a very easy way to fade the treats out for your dog.
I made a quick video to demonstrate the process below. If you would like to not only read it, but see it, go to this link: Click Here
Step #1 • Show your dog the treat, get him to do something and then toss it to him
Step #2 • Pretend you have a treat (mimic the hand position), get him to do something, show him there is an empty hand and then give him the treat from somewhere else.
Step #3 • Show your dog the empty hand, pretend you have a treat, show him the empty hand again and ask him to do the behavior. Give him a treat from somewhere else.
Step#5 • Show your dog the empty hand, give him the hand signal, then give him the treat from somewhere else.
If you follow these steps, in no time your dog will not even need to see the treat!
Tips on how to not even use treats.
• Start varying the reward! Don’t give them treats for everything, use a toy, praise, and affection
• Give him treats once in a while for the behavior (without him seeing them) so he never knows when he’s getting one or not. Make sure to not give treats in a pattern! They will figure it out.
I hope this helps you and your dog learn how to fade the treats! Good luck.