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Treat Fixation

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So I can't get my little white boy to do anything for a treat but sit.... HE STARES AT THE TREAT OR THE HAND HE THINKS its in... SO all he does is sit stare blow bubbles and drool all over the floor.... I just don't know what to do .. I even try to use my older fawn to show him what I want... I will ask Brannon to sit and I give him a treat and then I ask Brannon to Lay and I give him a treat... But all Winston does it stare at the treat... Any ideas???? Winston is very stubborn and I can work with that on some levels... But this staring at the treat and not doing anything is making me crazy!!! So any suggestions are welcome.

***edit** I forgot to add something...

The other thing he does is if I am trying to work with him on Lay down when I take the treat near his nose and then down towards the floor as I get close to the floor he stands up so his head is closer... Any thoughts??
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Well, your post states he is already in a "sit" when the treats come your half way there. Boxers CAN learn from others fairly well, but you have to keep in mind the mentality of them..HE thinks if he takes his eyes off the treat..your going to give it to the other dog..probaby causing the stress you see ( The bubbles..snorting..ect ).
Just my opinion, but I really think you need some one on one time with your boy. Try short ( as listed above ) times, where you can be alone to do the "down" command. and yes..they might get it for a second..and pop up..but each time..your making progress. The "down" for me worked best by figuring WHICH treat is the dogs favorite..once in "sit" palm the treat and bring it to his nose..then UNDER his chin..following the chest and legs to the floor..A natural reaction is once that chin goes down..the front legs start sliding out..and the dog should follow your hand to the floor..Treat, and praise..IMMEDIATELY...remember..its not a contest to see if he can maintain that he WON'T for quite some time.
Bets of lucj on getting him to get this down!
And Willow..I know how tough it first female..would NOT sit even till she was out of the ring for almost a year...great for showing..crappy for least she never became a "treat jumper"!!
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