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    During training, Pip gets a little enthusiastic about her treats and if I am not quick enough, she will try and take the treat before I give it to her. I have tried teaching her "gentle" by holding the treat in my hand and not giving it to her until she steps back, and while she gets it occasionally, usually she treats my hand like a chew toy first.

    Also, while training, I guide her with treats and she will follow, but if I try to get her to hold her position, say down, for instance, she will army crawl along the floor trying to get the treat out of my hand.

    What should I do?

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    I put the food in my hand so that only a little bit in hanging out the top, if they try and snap it out they snap my fingers which I then make a big loud "ouch". I don't let them take the food until they do it nicely.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    "you choose" game for teaching dogs to take food nicely.

    hold item of food in palm of hand. as dog goes to take it, close your fist very fast so dog cant get to food. Keep repeating till your dog offers you behaviours, having decided what behaviour you are going to couple with this food reward, say a sit? When dogs stops rummaging at your fist, and offers a sit, mark the behaviour with click of marker word, and open your hand and allow the reward to be taken.

    Most dogs take up to 10 attempts to work this one out. It is done in silence from the handler. Watch your dog try to work out how to open that hand, its hilarious to watch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    "you choose" game for teaching dogs to take food nicely.

    hold item of food in palm of hand. as dog goes to take it, close your fist very fast so dog cant get to food. Keep repeating till your dog offers you behaviours, having decided what behaviour you are going to couple with this food reward, say a sit? When dogs stops rummaging at your fist, and offers a sit, mark the behaviour with click of marker word, and open your hand and allow the reward to be taken.

    Most dogs take up to 10 attempts to work this one out. It is done in silence from the handler. Watch your dog try to work out how to open that hand, its hilarious to watch!
    If I do this she will gnaw on my hand - do I just ignore this? It gets pretty painful!

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    take your hand away every time she naws on it. So hand held out, hand taken away to your height when she grabs. Make sure you are not enticing her to grab. My skids did this with my Gordon as she has a soft wet mouth, they would draw their hand away at the last minute so the dog had to overcompensate grabbing the food.

    Use works like ugh ugh when she naws and yes when she takes it nicely.

    If you reward her by giving her the treat when she chews it out of your hand she knows no better.

    You might also like to try with a lower value treat first, like dog biscuits. You could offer a dog biscuit with one hand and reward with a yumming soft wet treat from the other if she takes the dog biscuit nicely.

    However I also find that puppies can go thru stages with treats and it settles a bit when they get older.

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    You might like to try saying leave it when using Bernie's method, the second her nose or attention leaves your fist say yes and open your palm so she can take the food gently.

    You just continually say Leave it (count one - two - three in your head) then say leave it again, over and over, the second no attention is paid to the food, yes and reward.

    However you need to train in the "yes" equals a reward or conditioned reinforcer as it's called, google conditioned reinforcer and you'll get an idea.

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    Some dogs are slower than others to work out not to gnaw on your hand.

    It's really important to have a hold of the treat so that the only way your dog gets it is if she takes it nicely. Ie stop rewarding shark dog. If my dog tries to reach for the treat - I take it away, until she will let me put it in her mouth instead of her helping.

    I also - with other dogs doing the Bernie method (which I know as "its yer choice"), let the dog munch on my closed fist. If it starts getting painful, I start to push. Unless claws and digging gets involved and then I take my hand away. Only open hand when dog backs off. Then take treat with the other hand - as long as dog not trying to steal it... and put it in the dog's mouth. If dog tries to steal the food at any time, put it back in your other hand and close your fingers over it. Real quick.

    If you don't want to let dog munch on hand - you can take it away or push the dog off - but be careful not to snatch your hand away quickly because that often incites a prey grab from the dog - which hurts worse than anything else and can make you bleed.

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