|Barked: Fri Aug 16, '13 9:13am PST |
|I second JT's advice! I'm working on that with my new dog. You can also use it as an opportunity to start teaching commands "leave it" and "take it".
Hold the treat in your closed fist as Jackson said and wait for the dog to back away from your hand before you open it to give the treat. When he gets the idea he must back off before he gets the treat, add "leave it" as a command when presenting your closed fist and when you open your hand say "take it" as his permission to take the treat.
It's a good exercise in impulse control and eventually you can build up to him not even taking the treat from your open hand until you give the release cue from leaving it and say, "take it".
Also, as it sounds like you've figured out, keep palm open and flat when delivering treat---holding a treat between thumb and forefinger, it can be hard for a dog to even distinguish between fingers and treats, esp. when they are in a rush . . . and sometimes if it's just held out there, tantalizingly it's just enticing and setting them up to jump and snatch for it, the opposite of what you want of course.
(I always think about pictures of dolphin trainers who hold a fish in their teeth for the dolphin to jump and take----no way! )
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