648117, That is the best explanation I have ever heard!!!I just thought of a human equivalent: some people enjoy doing puzzles, all they are doing is finding pieces of cardboard that fit together to make a picture (and they usually already know what the picture looks like!), but they like doing them and will work on the same puzzle for hours a day, for weeks.
But I think they would enjoy them a lot less if someone sat next to them and handed them each puzzle piece, one at a time, in order, untill the puzzles done. They wouldn't need to think so the puzzle would become amazingly boring, no one wants to do a puzzle like that.
You know, something else may be going on. And that has to do with your attitude.
Somehow a lot of people approach an obedience exercise differently that a trick. Simply because the obedience is a must and the trick is for fun.
I know I have done this myself for a long time. Untill someone told me, that the way I reward is different when I reward, lets say a good heel, than when I reward a sit up.
So I took a step back in my obedience training, payed more attention to my attitude and started rewarding like cray. Food and play! Exaggereted sqealing! Just like I do when I train a new trick and she does it right for the first time...And rewarding unpredictably.
So, I don't know if this is the case with you. I know, I thought I did reward the same way, but I don't like obedience training, and that showed in my rewarding. I just never saw it myself