I am a first time lab owner and what a pleasure. Monti is a 8 week old chocolate lab. I have been teaching him commands using his puppy food. Instead of putting the bowl down and gulping it up, I bring him through the sit, stay and come commands. He is doing awesome. After 5 minutes I put the bowl down and let him eat. Is this a good idea or should I put aside a seperate time and do it with soft treats?
I make my dogs work for their food too. That is how I taught Bentley to "shake hands" . A lot of people on here also have their dogs work for their food.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
it's a great idea
you can add a seperate training session with treats or keep part of the meal for training sessions later.
When you add distractions or harder commands you may want to include more high value treats but for now what you are doing is great.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
It just seemed so easy I thought it must be a bad idea. It took me weeks to train my past dogs, with treats, clickers, praise...to do what Monti is doing in a week. Even in the house with no distractions. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Thanks for the quick reasurrance. I will now scour the board for more great advice.
Many dogs in training for service of one sort or the other are never fed in any other way. They get ALL their food via 'playing the game', meaning as rewards for nice stuff they do. So no, there is nothing wrong with what you do. As your dog is so young, please just make sure to not push him at all. It always should be nothing but fun for him, where he wins all the time.
Sounds like you are doing great!
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