Cindy Vesper, WI 6/9/2010 10:10:48 AM I would never train any animal to a treat and I have trained many dogs,cats,goats and horses. I want the animal to be trained to me and praise,not food.Treats are not positive reinforcement,praise is. What happens when you are in an emergency situation and don't have your handy treat?? I have had to use an emergency down/stay more than a few times over the years to save a dogs life so if trained to a treat then what? Are you ALWAYS going to have a treat? There are way to many times a day that you need to give commands to give treats. Ever hear of obesity?