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You gotta love when puppies get the zoomies!! πŸ˜†

Meanwhile Sydney the lab is completely oblivious to being used as a hurdle...
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Does your dog only 'sit' when there is a treat in your hand? Do you have to bribe every behaviour from your dog?

There are lots of ways to reward behaviour other than using treats. One of my favourites is using games that the dog loves to reinforce a behaviour that I want.

For example, my spaniel *loves* to chase the ball. So when I have the ball, I ask him to 'sit'. When he sits, the reward isn't a treat. The reward for the sit is that I throw the ball! So I'm reinforcing the cue "sit" with a game that he loves, and it has nothing to do with food or treats.

So when you want to reinforce a behaviour, try to think about what your dog wants, and use that as a reinforcer, instead of treats or food. πŸ™‚
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