Got a treat? Check out my tricks!
Caesar is not perfect.
I know social media makes it seem like he is, but he has his ups and downs.
When it comes to training we generally use treats for tricks, not for behavior.
What we've discovered with Caesar is that when he knows food is not involved, he generally won't listen and vice versa, when he knows we have treats he becomes a little over zealous. So we didn't want to create a situation where we always depend on a lure.
For behavior training, granted, it's a little different with Caesar since we adopted him as an adult dog so his previous owner(s) did a lot of the hard work: house training, socialization, etc. but we've found that by removing the thing he wants most when he acts out (or not showing the desired behavior) is the best way of training him to actually change his behavior.
For example, when we have guests over, no matter how much the person wants to play and pet Caesar, because let's face it, he's very fluffy and irrisistable, if he starts jumping on the person and getting mouthy, we put him outside on our patio in a "time out" until he sits nicely at the door, and we keep doing this until he settles down. And yes, I'm sure our guests find it extremely annoying and disruptive, but most of our friends have small children, so really, it's nothing new. 😏
That said, we love making Caesar do tricks because it's just too darn cute! Enjoy!
👣 The fur-mom