Training your dog should be an enjoyable experience for you both. The more you understand about how your dog thinks and learns, the more effectively you can communicate.
Clear communication means successful training and good behavior – with no need for force or coercion! -Jamie
TIP: If trained correctly, behavior is not contingent on food being present.
This is something that many people who are opposed to food-rewarding training don’t understand. If you phase treats out gradually and use lots of real-life rewards (petting, games, etc.) as well, your dog will do as asked even when no treats are present. Use lots of treats at first to teach and then practice new behaviors.
Eventually, rewards should come fewer and farther between – but they should not stop altogether. You wouldn’t want to stop getting paid once you got better at your job, so don’t forget to reward at times for a job well done!