Step 4: What if I don’t have food?

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Over time, you will use this cue without food. However, if your dog does the “Watch out,” be sure to make a big deal and tell them how awesome they are. It is important to keep in mind that when you practice WITH food, you’re putting $1 in their “bank account” every time. Conversely, when you do it WITHOUT food, you’re withdrawing $5 from their “bank account” every time. Therefore, be sure to practice often with food to ensure you don’t go into overdraft and create a dog who ignores the cue.