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    At what point, age, or progress level do you stop using either hot dogs bits or small soft treats in training your pups? Right now we are having a blast and in no hurry her to rush her into training, but curious when I need to faze out the treats.

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    I never stop.

    Partially reenforced behaviors become the most reliable.

    The schedule of reinforcement may “lessen” as the dog matures but my 11 year old and 6 year olds are still very very happy to get the occasional treat for the performance of behaviors.
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    I quit at about 3 months. But there is nothing magic about that age.
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    Never just less. Don't treat during the training but after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Lynn Metras View Post
    Never just less. Don't treat during the training but after.
    X2 Carrots are working good for me now.
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    I've got two FC/AFC's that still sit, come and down for a treat most every day.

    I do wean them off treats when we start formalizing training at 5 or 6 months but I never really stop treats.
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    Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grnhed View Post
    At what point, age, or progress level do you stop using either hot dogs bits or small soft treats in training your pups? Right now we are having a blast and in no hurry her to rush her into training, but curious when I need to faze out the treats.

    Thanks
    Just don't use treats as a bribe. Different trainers do different things with treats as you can see from the replies.
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    in every duck hunting parka or jacket I own, you will usually find a dog treat or two left over....also been known to have a petrified Dunkin Donut hole left in the blind bag from season's past....used to buy the pig's ears at Costco but those have been known to start a minor ruckus between the dogs
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