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Greetings Chihuahua people!

It'll be a year that Ponyo has graced our lives in December. With all the training that I've done with her, I still find she responds best (and most) when I have our little "remote" (a treat bag clippable to purses or beltloops.)

I agree with Kikopup (and also Deborah Wood) in that, if you are your dog's own playground, other "life rewards" are less... but I really only get the best out of Ponyo when I have the remote in hand (or my other two are around to show her an example.)

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My two are both so food obsessed that I have trouble getting them from treat training to obedience! Lol

They are so fixated on the food that if they can not smell or see the treat they just wait it out at first. It's finding that balance to transfer the thought process from "I'm doing this for the treat and I am obsessed with the food" (In my two's case) to "I'm doing this to do as I am told and because I know something good will happen after"

It has really hampered Olive's training, Basil is Ok apart from his ever escalating barking that started when we brought Olive home, but Olive goes through days where she simply doesn't listen unless I have a treat on my person.
 

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When you ARE working with treats, do you treat every time? You want to start weaning off treats when the dog after the third time the dog responds to the command. Start by treating every other time, then every third, then randomly. It is scientifically proven that animals (including humans) respond better and learn faster on a random reward schedule. Plus, it will increase focus because they never know when the food is coming.
 

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I'm hoping to get some good info from this thread. I have the same thing with Mickey. He'll try so much harder if he knows there's a treat, especially one of his faves. Having learned the hard way with horses (who are no way as smart as a chi) I do treat intermittently, but he still sometimes stubbornly looks at me like "Show me the treats". It's especially a problem with recall.
 

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I also treat intermittently, but if we're out on a walk or she's traveling in her purse with me I always have the treats... it helps to give strangers the treat to give her (if they want to pet her.)

She just seems like she responds better. I guess I've kind of resolved to the "remote."
 
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