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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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Glad to hear you're making progress  :D As far as not jumping on people as they arrive, ask your guests not to look at, talk to or touch your dogs until they are calm or sit quietly whichever you prefer. We actually have this posted on our door and IMO it's harder to teach the people this behavior than the dogs. If everybody co-operates however, it works great. The dogs get excited over people coming to see THEM! Once they think that isn't the case they settle pretty quickly.
As far as the one on one time, I sooooo agree. I tried working with Blitz when Donner was around, with pretty limited success. Especially with hand commands, she just can't watch us both at the same time :D The more we have some "girl time" the more her confidence and focus improves. Good luck, let us know how it's going.
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