Assume you have a new puppy, who is not paying attention to you and you are giving out “free” food.
The dog will eat and whatever he did, good or bad, leads to that moment and will cause your dog to think, that whatever he did was good. Remember, that food is valuable to a dog.
If you are trying to get better attention from your dog, I highly suggest, that you get a treat pouch and put your dog’s food in it and use the food to train your dog. With a new puppy, you should do this for at least a couple of months.
Dogs are transactional. I recommend, that you stop putting your dog’s food in a bowl. Use the treat pouch and start transacting the food for obedience. Timing is important. Do not have the food in your hand, unless you have given a command and the dog obeyed. You don’t want your dog to become dependent on seeing the food. If you are diligent with this, you will be very pleased with the results.
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