puppy knows his name but will only come if he thinks you have a treat for him

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    coby85posted 7 years ago

    puppy knows his name but will only come if he thinks you have a treat for him

  2. akirchner profile image95
    akirchnerposted 7 years ago

    If you start conditioning him to come to you other times when called and then reward him by tons of praise, petting, etc., he will eventually become less 'treat fixated'. 

    Sometimes with pups you have to catch them doing something good when you are not training them.  So any tiny little movement towards you when you've spoken his name, go crazy on the praise - and occasionally give a small bit of a treat.  Just to mix it up a bit.  It's best if they don't know WHEN they might get a treat but that if they do something well and make you happy, maybe - but always they will receive praise. 

    Hope that helps - I have a 15 month old malamute who is treat motivated to the max so have to be creative.

  3. Aiden Roberts profile image83
    Aiden Robertsposted 7 years ago

    The previous answer makes so much sense.

    In simple terms my advice would be, give lot's of praise when puppy approaches you, verbal praise is just as important as a treat. Gradually remove the treats so puppy won't know if he is getting a treat or not; he will not take the chance of missing out so will come as long as there is nothing more interesting, you must make yourself the most interesting thing around.

    Stick with it, your puppy will become less treat dependant with time, effort and patience.