I have been telling myself I need to phase out treats for basic stuff for ages, but I just haven't done it. There always seems to be some vague reason why I decide to just keep giving treats for everything.
And today I got reminded about how counterproductive that is for behaviours that have long been enforced. Because I had run out of treats. And when I called Banjo on our walk, she became more enthusiastic in coming to me as time progressed. As if she was saying "Surely THIS time I'll get one?!". She even did a perfect heel without me having to repeat the cue.
So that's it! From tomorrow (or whenever I'll have treats again) I am focusing on reducing treats from once in every 2 times to once in every 3 and so on until we get to the 'occasionally' stage.