If trained correctly, behavior is not contingent on food being present. This is something that many people who are opposed to food-reward training donâ€™t understand. If you phase treats out gradually and begin to substitute lots of real-life rewards (like petting, games, the door opening for a walk), your dog will perform the desired behaviors even when you donâ€™t have food with you. We use plenty of treats at first to teach and practice new behaviors. Eventually, a schedule of random (unpredictable) reinforcement, along with real-life rewards, will ensure that the good behavior continues. You wouldnâ€™t want to stop getting paid once you got better at your job, so donâ€™t forget to reward your dog sometimes for a job well done!