Well, I got my new dog as some of you know and I think the time has come to train him past 'sit'. But, alas, there is an issue. He is SO food oriented he has become very hard to train. Whenever I go to teach him I use treats and NOT a clicker. Should I use the clicker only for trick training or with obedience, too? Anyway, here's what I'm doing: I quietly pull out the treat from the bag, a small roasted chicken one and allow him to know its there only by scent. He goes berserk. I tell him to sit and he gives me that face: "Do you want to starve me, mommy? Cans I have it noww? Pwease?" I dont give it to him. I tell him to lie down using the command "down" as I lower my treat hand. He lowers with it and accepts it. Now, the first time he did this I thought I saw progress, but really the more I do it I realize he goes deaf whenever presented with a chance for food. The command 'down' doesn't even process through his head. He just foolllooowwwssss the food. Should I be telling myself, "Patience, grasshopper," or am I reinforcing bad behavior, Am I just having no effect whatsover, is my entire method of teaching wrong...? Anyone relate? Anyone totally not relate but have an idea? Anything's fine, some help would be helpful, though.