- that did make me laugh...(By the way I am lousy at throwing anything. The first time I threw a dumbbell it hit me on the head.)
If your dog is doing something you don't want you have to think about what you're doing that might be encouraging it...
Susan Garrett suggests working "the reinforcement zone" ie heel position - by tapping the treat reward to your hip or knee - then handing it over... my dog sees the hand with the treat coming down and automatically reaches for it - and yes I've been guilty of rewarding that. If I hold off - she will face where she's going - because I've tried to reward that some too - ie a dog that's looking where she's going gets the treat but the dog looking at the treat hand does not. Neither does the dog that ooches around in front of me when we're heeling.
She does follow my hands a lot and there are many games that SG plays using the food as distractions - and rewarding the dog for not being distracted by the food - which is tricky... but worth it when you can put an open cup of food next to your training area and not have the dog leave to steal food. Works best where there aren't other dogs "helping".