Why Do I Need To Use Treats?
Another great question! We want to use something that motivates our dogs. Typically, this is food, but can also be toys, play or whatever your dog finds reinforcing and valuable. Treats, especially really good ones that your dog finds really valuable are a great motivators to help teach our dogs.
When you don’t have food on you DO NOT say “Yes”. Instead start praising your dog with “good boy, good dog, nice job” etc. as a way to tell your dog that he did something good.
As your dog does better with the behaviors he has been taught and it has become a piece of cake, this is when you can choose to not use food. You can start making the teaching process a bit harder. If your dog is getting a bit confused or unsure and then he does the correct behavior then you would start reinforcing that. As behaviors become a piece of cake you can stop using food, until or unless it becomes difficult again.