Jumps up to get the treat in my hand
Holding the treat in your hand and presenting it too high above the head; may tempt some dogs to try and jump to get the treat out of your hand. Choose a lower-value treat, e.g., dry dog kibble.
Nips my hand
- Avoid using high-value treats in your closed fist during the initial stages of training.
-Teach the "Name" command. Teach your dog that instead of staring at what is in your hand, giving you eye contact will get them the treat.
Looks only to the treat in my hand
- Teach "Name" first by using a hand to lure your dog's eyes up to yours. When they make eye contact, "Click and treat"(C&T). Work on expanding the length of time that the dog makes eye contact before you C&T. Now before you begin the "Closed fist" exercise, ask the dog for a "Name" and keep that hand up by your face while your other hand comes down with the treat.
-Also try holding your "treat/closed fist" hand out to the side, lower it and see if you can come in from the side of the dog instead of directly from the top.
1. Have your dog in a sit or a down position.
2. Start with a low-value treat, present it, and show this to your dog in an open palm. Your dog will smell the food and be curious to see what is in your hand. On the other hand, have food that is of a higher value but does not present this to your dog yet. In fact, put that hand behind your back. The benefit of having higher value on your other hand is to teach your dog that having great impulse control will give them a big reward.
3. After showing the hand with low-value treats, quickly close your hand with the treats inside and make a fist.
4. Present your closed fist closely to about 50 cm above and 10 cm away from your dog’s nose.
5. While you hold your closed fist close to your dog’s nose, you can either wait for your dog to look up at you in your eyes or teach the "Name" command. The moment your dog looks into your eyes, mark the behavior with a verbal marker like "yes," and immediately give the high value treat form another hand. You can teach the "Name" command by saying your dog's name and capture the moment your dog looks into your eyes. When you present your closed fist, if your dog tries to nip at your hand or is staring directly at your fist, give your dog a moment to calm down, settle down and think. Say the dog's name and wait for your dog to look at you. Again, mark and immediately reward.
6. Continue to do these steps and increase the duration of how long your dog will give you focus, attention, and eye contact before getting the reward. This teaches your dog that focusing on you is the better choice rather than nipping at your hand or jumping to get what is inside your hand.