One of the biggest mistakes pet owners make while training their dog is they get a treat in their hand before getting the desired behavior. While the very beginning step of lure – reward training does involve having a treat in your hand, it is imperative that you:
• remove all food from your hands as early as possible (usually less than 200 repetitions)
• let your hands hang down in a normal position and not reach for food too early
Don’t become dependent upon the food to get the behavior.
If you are not using a click, praise and then reach for your treat.