that isn't really how training with treats work. you aren't/shouldn't be using them as bribes, you use them as reinforcement the difference is HUGE. what do you put your trust in, when dealing with an aggressive dog? i mean, exactly what do you resort to, and how does it work?Is this GSD aggressive? Treats do work great for some dogs, but I don't think I could put all of my trust into a treat when working with an aggressive dog.
dogs do not love to please us, that is one of the biggest myths regarding dog behavior out there. dogs appear to want to please us because it makes the relationship work in their favor (no they don't plan it this way, we humans perceive it this way) again, if you are worried that the dog is in tune with the treat, you aren't using them properly.I am comfortable and confident in knowing that If my dog becomes fixated on something, that the sound of my voice is enough to snap her out of it, instead of hoping that I have one last treat in my fanny pack. I don't "wait" for her to make a mistake, but if she does, I correct her with a "no" and a SLIGHT leash tug and a "sit" or "down" position. Once she follows my command she may be rewarded with a pet or a "good girl" or a treat. I don't give her a treat for EVERYTHING that she does right because dogs generally love to please us, and you're dog knows when you're pleased/happy without giving treats. But I do use treat training exclusively when first building a relationship with a dog. I like to know that my dog is in tune with ME...not a treat.